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Preacher, Volume 7: Salvation (Preacher #7)

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Written by Garth Ennis Art by Steve Dillon Cover by Glenn Fabry A new edition of the classic collection featuring PREACHER #41-50, in which Jesse Custer becomes the sheriff of a troubled Texas town. This volume includes a cover gallery and reprints issue #50's pin-ups of the PREACHER cast by Jim Lee, Fabry, Tim Bradstreet, John McCrea, Doug Mahnke, and more.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Vertigo
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Kemper
Anyone who has not read the entire Preacher series but thinks that they might someday should heed this warning: Do NOT read this or any other review and/or summary for any of the volumes after War in the Sun. Even the best attempts to prevent spoilers will give away too much just by telling you the set up and this is one of those things that the less you know the better.

All I can safely say is that that this volume briefly turned me into a vegetarian after reading.

For those of you who have read...more
Imogen
Man, if you have a story where a white guy saves a whole community of black people, and where a different black guy is totally grateful to a different (though related) white guy for saving his life and also teaching him important lessons about life, and where there is a black woman who's been on a police force for a long time but a white guy rolls into town, takes over the police department, and doesn't promote her- but gives her a totally sweet gun, so she falls in love with him and respects hi...more
Eric
Aug 09, 2013 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of bad-ass protagonists with hearts of gold
I feel like I shouldn't like this volume as much as the earlier volumes, since it is basically filler material that doesn't move the overarching plot forward. But since it is totally awesome bad-ass filler, I was totally okay with it. I would follow the serialized adventures of Sheriff Jesse, if they made them. Actually, now that I think about it, there are similar adventures on the television that I do follow, in Justified, which is one of my favorite shows. Maybe that explains why I liked this...more
Charlie George
Terrific Preacher, second only to volume 4. Salvation has by far the most amusing dialogue yet, despite several lines that were very poor. This is largely a diversion from the main Preacher storyline, populated by almost entirely new characters. Funny how, as with volume 4, the diversions are the most entertaining bits! Quirky and playful, while retaining that hard edge.

In fact it brings into relief what I like about Jesse Custer as a character. In every other issue, he has the supporting chara...more
Jess
I can't decide with Preacher whether I prefer the main narrative of Jesse's journey to confront God or the stories that divert from this. Volume 7: Salvation sees Jesse Custer, heartbroken and alone, take up a sheriff position in the small town of Salvation. It has all the hallmarks of classic Western, the lone-ranger enters into a town and fights for what he believes is right for the benefit of all but a handful of bad guys.

Again, like Les Enfants du Sang, the main antagonist is a joke in the...more
Gef
Just when I think Preacher can't push boundaries of good taste any further, I pick up the next volume in the much-heralded series and am quickly shown there are no boundaries at all.

Salvation is a divergence from Jesse Custer's quest to put a curb-stomping on God. After seeing Tulip in the arms of Cassidy, he feels like he just fell out of a plane and hit the ground hard--oh wait, he literally did that. So, rather than take a moment to compose himself and take a rational approach to what's happe...more
Faizah Roslaini
I came across this looong time ago. After a long list of books with no pictures, I finally had it. So I thought I tried something different.

No doubt, there was vivid imagination in creating the characters. Jesse, the close-to-vomit meat man, that lady with Fuhrer fetish, they are all nothing but unforgetable. And I read this in 2001.

Another thing I remembered was concluding that it's not anti-God. It questioned God but it was not anti-God.

The series nevertheless have established a wide fanbase t...more
'kris Pung
This series has really grown on me, first couple books just wasn't feeling it and thought about throwing in the towel. That said I'm glad I stuck it out because it's been one hell of a ride the last few volumes.
Brad
In this volume, John Wayne (Jesse's spirit animal or fairy godfather or conscious) shows up again, stating exactly what the reader has been thinking: "(view spoiler) Yer treadin' water!!" (157)

Yes, this entire volume is treading water. The episode that takes up the bulk of this volume is a familiar structure from many Western films, but amounts to little more than a complet...more
Cassandra Carico
I enjoy the Preacher story, but the editor needs to have his booty whipped repeatedly. The author keeps making the same mistake, and it is not just a stylistic issue either. It is a grammatical error that drove me crazy throughout the book, as each character did this throughout the series. I found it irritating and terribly distracting. I wanted to scream, "The indefinite article 'an' should always be used before a word beginning with a vowel!!"
The Flooze
**3.5**

Salvation centers on Jesse Custer figuring out where he's been and where he's headed. He was dealt quite the blow at the end of the last book. Rather than confront the people responsible, he chooses to take off on his own.

What follows is somewhat anticlimactic compared to the action of the previous books, but like Ancient History, Salvation delivers answers to important questions and so serves its purpose.
Caroline
I put this volume off for a while because Cassidy and Tulip aren't in it and I was a little worried I wouldn't like it as much. But I shouldn't have been. I do wish Garth Ennis was slightly less obsessed with [several topics I don't feel comfortable listing here, because there's no way to do so in a family-friendly manner!:] but the vast majority of the story is so good that I can let it go.
MissAnnThrope
03 January 2013

Rating: * * * 1/2

Well, now... Preacher, Vol. 7: Salvation takes kinky to a whole 'nother level. The sexual depravity in this volume made me upchuck a little in my mouth and I just may turn to the vegan lifestyle. Blech!

This volume primarily focuses on Jesse as he recovers from his heartbreak of the last book. I really enjoyed the storyline centering on Jesse. It reminded me of Preacher, Vol. 2: Until the End of the World, which had me completely engrossed in learning about his dis...more
Brad
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Krystl Louwagie
Don't get me wrong, this was still good-Preacher is a lovely, lovely graphic novel series. However, this one wasn't quite as close to my heart as some other favorites have been-my favorite character was missing (the vampire Cassidy). The whole graphic novel kind of had a theme of race as well, and it got a little bit annoying that the good ol' white boy was repeatedly saving the people of color (like Avatar). (Of course, I do realize this takes place in Texas, how could it really be politically...more
Jaimie
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Andrew
Aaaand the downward slide continues. Disillusioned and heartbroken, Jesse takes a break from his quest and settles down to become the sheriff of a small Texan town. There, he does battle against the corrupt, racist owner of a meat processing plant. It's a great premise and it promises for lots of cool Western action, but unfortunately, things turn out to be more "Road House" than "High Noon." The new villain is basically a backwater racist version of Herr Starr, and nothing of much interest happ...more
***Dave Hill
An odd cul-de-sac in Jesse's journey as, convinced that Tulip and Cassiday have gone their own way, he ends up as a sheriff in a small Texas town, dealing with a corrupt meat-packing house owner, racial prejudice, and a new cast of locals with secrets, silliness, and grittiness lurking in their shadows.

There's some really good stuff here -- fleshing out Jesse's past, and letting him grow as a character without the main Genesis / Tulip / Grail story distracting -- but it also feels a bit one-off...more
Jack Gattanella
this is a "filler" book, but man what filler! what 'meat' So to speak. Odin Quincannon shouldn't ever be THE end-all villain for a series but for what is asked for in this volume his crazy racist 'wtf is he building in there' ass was just right. and I'm glad there was resolution for Jesse and his mother.

Even the sub story with a secret ex Nazi hiding out in the town of Salvation works mostly due to the pay off that the overly long set up makes. and Jesse vs God on Peyote is irresistible even as...more
Thomas
OK, my theory that I don't like even-numbered Preacher compilations and I do like odd-numbered ones now gains credibility. I loved this. Problem is, I have no idea what's happening. Homie has a pirate look going on there or some shit; Tulip's gone; Cassidy's gone; Homie takes peyote and God eats his eye. WTF? I feel like Towelie at the annual meeting of the International Society of Postmodernist Neuroscience and Launch Vehicle Resarch -- I have no idea what's going on.

This segment is also, seen...more
Laura
Despite the fact that this volume really doesn't move the plot on at all and drags for quite a while near the beginning (which is rare for a Preacher)it is saved by the truly brilliant villain (depicted on the front cover). Apart from that.. well it's Preacher so lots of blood, sex and a little bit of the KKK and Nazi fetishes.
arjuna
Ohhhh dear. Criticisms of this segment are, on reflection, well deserved... and I totally agree with this one on the Gunther point, but I'll have to put my hands up and say I quite enjoyed the Salvation story per se as a bit of fun (while fidgeting all the while about Getting Back To The Main Story and what would happen when Jesse, Cass and Tulip all met up again - man that is KILLING me). No damn obligation for Garth or anyone else not to tell this the way he wants to, is there, and I'd much ra...more
Adam Smith
Nice side story. Completely off topic, but not out of character for the hero or the series. With only two books left, I'm not exactly sure how this whole thing is going to end. I still need to pick up the last two volumes from the library. I guess I'll try and do that some time this week.
Bones
Another knockout. From the perverse to the touching, Ennis manages to get tons of emotions into this next batch of chapters, and Dillon's artwork is as good as ever. The story really develops, and the name Salvation says it all. Insanely pumped for the last 2 books.
Hayden
This chapter in the Preacher saga was unique in that it stepped away from the general forward progression of the story, and focused on a freshly-wounded Jesse Custer as he goes on a sabbatical in a small Texas town, in a classic and cliche-ridden battle of good vs. evil. It had some good parts, in particular one exchange between the antagonist and his neo-nazi dominatrix attorney, that I found incredibly hilarious. But as mentioned before, wacky as it was, it was fairly cliche, and I didn't part...more
Tyler Hill
If you've made it to Volume 7 of the Preacher series, you probably already know what to expect. Broad American caricatures, deliberately shocking behavior by the villains, a smattering of ultra-violence and the occasional moment of quiet humanity. The nice twist on this volume is Jesse's new, temporary roll as town sheriff. While the conceit is a little forced, it makes Jesse abide by the law ...well... at least a little bit, which mixes things up a little. The second to last issue in this volum...more
Boots
it was too much to ask, after volume 6, for this to maintain at such a high level. there's nothing terribly wrong with this story overall and there is at least one very well-written and emotional reunion, but overall it's a lengthy digression that doesn't really have anything to do with what happeend before or what's to come. the meat mogul guy is just disgusting (once again, for no other reason than just to be vile), and jesse's stint as a sheriff is pretty silly. and this is the first volume w...more
Kent
Interesting and unusual characters. Sad and violent series. Loved it!
Josh
This book series is amazing. It continues to explore topics like religion, sexuality, violence, and politics in a way that makes these things just a part of the story. It's not about violence, but a lot of violent things happen. I don't think I have ever read a story with this many terrible, fucked up things going on, and it doesn't feel exploitive. It's not trying to shock you, it's just shocking.

Garth Ennis is a brilliant author and I am looking forward to reading more of his work. I am planni...more
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Ennis began his comic-writing career in 1989 with the series Troubled Souls. Appearing in the short-lived but critically-acclaimed British anthology Crisis and illustrated by McCrea, it told the story of a young, apolitical Protestant man caught up by fate in the violence of the Irish 'Troubles'. It spawned a sequel, For a Few Troubles More, a broad Belfast-based comedy featuring two supporting ch...more
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