This review will have mild spoilers regarding book one , issues 1-12, of the comic book series ‘Preacher’.
‘Preacher’ is headed to AMC this May as a new live action series but first, it was a dark and mystical comic series with a cult following. The series was created by Garth Ennis (notable for his work on The Punisher comic series) and Steve Dillon for the Vertigo imprint of DC comics. The first book follows Jesse Custer, a preacher in the small town of Annville, Texas. He’s a shady figure with a dark past not adverse to alcohol or foul language, as you would assume most Preachers would be. When his soul is fused with a creature called Genesis, a spawn of an Angel and a Demon, he gains the power of the Word of God. On the run from law enforcement and other dark entities, he is accompanied by on old flame named Tulip and a shady Irishman named Cassidy. During their adventures in this first book of the series, we learn a lot about the haunting past of Jesse Custer and in the end, we are left with more questions and few answers. The characters, although morally flawed are relateable and interesting protagonists. The story flows and keeps you engaged through every twist and turn. The artwork by Dillon is beautiful and terrifying all at once. This book is a masterclass in comic book writing, dark and grimy, but fun. I highly recommend starting the series even if you are not planning on watching the television series. I will be reviewing every book series leading to the television series premiere on AMC and I will be reviewing each episode as well. Have you read the comic series? What do you think? Will you be watching the TV show? Let us know on Twitter @ComicDrops or find me to chat about the series @ChrisrrDavis
The television series is produced by Garth Ennis, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin (also producer and writer on Breaking Bad) and stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga and Tulip and Joe Gilgun as Cassidy. The series premieres May 22nd, on AMC.