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Preacher, Volume 7: Salvation (Preacher #7)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  11,159 ratings  ·  136 reviews
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 (first published January 1st 1999)
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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
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
The cover is hideous and makes this look like a stupid volume.
Luckily, the stupidity is toned down in this one, and actually, is more enjoyable than the last few fat jokes, no crazy interactions with God, spirits, religion or otherwise.
Oh, and did I mention, there's no Irish vampire and no trigger happy blonde girlfriend in this one? That might actually be the best part of this...
Without all that baggage weighing him down, Jesse Custer can get back to business...which is to totally av
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
How we gonna deal with Cass' betrayal and general douchebaggery from the last volume, on which we ended on a tense note? There's a lot to be said for flawed characters and giving them a chance to live their lives in full view of the reader; then again, it's very dramatically satisfying to watch those who break the moral code (under which most of us live begrudgingly) get full, visceral comeuppance.

Which is it gonna be Garth, eh? What's your plan for the potato-eating vampire and all-around para
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
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
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
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
'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.
Labs vesterns, personāži ar novirzēm, foršs stāsts un -1 acs.
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
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!!"
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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.
Volume 7 is one of my favorite volumes of Preacher! It starts with Jesse arriving in the little town of Salvation Texas. He rescues Lorrie, the sister of his childhood friend Billy-Bob, from some bullies. These bullies turn out to be terrorising the town. They work for one of the craziest, disturbing character of the entire series, Odin Quincannon. You have to read it to believe it.

Jesse is trying to get his head clear after what he saw at the end of volume 6. You guys remember, it involved Tul
Keith Moser
Preacher Vol 7: Salvation is just another side trip away from the central plot introduced back in Vol 2... We leave Cass & Tulip behind and follow Jesse as he settles down as sheriff of a small town, Salvation TX.

Yup! Instead of releasing Genesis, hunting down God to make him answer for his actions, or even dealing with the lame love triangle presented between Jesse, Tulip, & Cassidy, our fearless hero decides to settle down and figure some stuff out.

The story actually is pretty good (be
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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.
A lot of people felt like the book had lost its way at this point when the series was actually coming out, because it seemed to digress for months on this storyline that went nowhere. But the time was a needed element to align the characters like chesspieces for the finale, and it proves a good thematic counterpoint to the entire run when you read it in trade.
Mike Cruden
This volume is a refreshing return to roots for Jesse Custer, without all the irritating Church of God paraphernalia muddying the waters. It's Custer with a new set of supporting characters, all interesting and well-delineated, sorting out the bad guys and having violent interactions with some of the less attractive members of society, but with a hefty dollop of the supernatural thrown in just to perk things up somewhat. And we even get to meet Jesse's mum! Steve Dillon's artwork and Glenn Fabry ...more
Carlos Emilio
It's been long since I approached Preacher and I can say without doubt I'm glad I did.
Every series involving a character that can call god an asshole will always appeal to me; by the sole fact that I instantly think it doesn't take itself too seriously and allows for the entertainment to be the key point in its development.
The characters are fun and far from perfect; the violence is non-stop and some of the jokes handled in the book are just plain out hilarious.
I don't recommend it to anyone wit
Wheeeeeeee! What a fucking ride!
Kiyan Kurji
I relay enjoyed the first three graphic novels in this series, but of the nine books in the series this was the worst. It completely strayed away from the original series plot line. Garth Ennis is known to become his twelve year old self in writing his graphic novels by placing as much sex and violence as possible. I don't mind sex and violence at all but I hate it when it becomes unnecessary as in this book. It feels as if the author was just trying to show off how far he can take stupidity her ...more
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
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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
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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
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
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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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Preacher (9 books)
  • Preacher, Vol. 1: Gone to Texas
  • Preacher, Volume 2: Until the End of the World
  • Preacher, Volume 3: Proud Americans
  • Preacher, Volume 4: Ancient History
  • Preacher, Volume 5: Dixie Fried
  • Preacher, Volume 6: War in the Sun
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