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Preacher, Volume 9: Alamo (Preacher #9)

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The Preacher epic reaches its dramatic conclusion in this final graphic novel.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Vertigo
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Kemper
Where else would Jesse Custer’s quest end but at the Alamo?

As for the how it happens, I think the book says it best:

“Isn’t it funny when you think your story’s going one way, and it turns out it was going another way all along?”
Eric
Aug 09, 2013 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone that reads graphic novels
After reading the previous eight volumes, I was committed to this series in a big way. So for Alamo to have an ending worthy of the series' overall quality was, in a word, a relief. There is little I can say without spoiling the ending, except that every major character has their moment in the sun, and a satisfying resolution to their story.
The Flooze
Following Jesse Custer through nine volumes of Preacher has been an exercise in hilarity and despair. And a hell of a lotta gore. It had its ups and downs in terms of pacing, but I can forgive the lackluster moments when I consider how captivating Garth Ennis’ characters are. From the first volume, I was hooked. Jesse’s determination, Tulip’s loyalty, Cassidy’s devil-may-care attitude, Starr‘s fanaticism, the Saint‘s focused hatred--it’s the personalities involved that make Preacher the entertai ...more
Seizure Romero
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William Kulesa
Jan 21, 2010 William Kulesa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: humans, atheists, humanists, fantasy fans, the anti-religous
Recommended to William by: Domenick
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JB
The question above the screen where you put in your review says: "What did you think?" Well, what can I say? It's the last volume in this great otherworldly, in any sense of the word, story.

I have a couple of moments in this volume that stand out for me, a fan of the entire story: Agent Hoover finally gets himself to curse, Jesse and Cassidy get into one last barfight, Jesse remembering his father's wise advice when he says goodbye to the Duke.

The second half of the story is just... You know the
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Shane Noble
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Elius
May 28, 2012 Elius rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Supernatural (the show) fans
Shelves: graphic-novels
And everyone lived happily ever after.

Review of Volume 1 through 9:

The entire series is pretty damn chauvinistic and gory to the point of being silly. I suppose if the series didn't have much shock value, the story wouldn't have lasted this long. The villains are downright pathetic, even God, and the main character tried to be so "manly" that it straight up reminded me of Maddox at times.

It doesn't have a great overall story, but it's one of those books where you enjoy the journey more than the
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Brad
So, I've read the whole "Preacher" series over the last few months.

The Pros:
-Steve Dillon's artwork, especially the facial expressions he draws. He is able to convey far more emotion than virtually any superhero-style comic artist, and his character actually look like humans. He doesn't really do anything interesting with form--he's not an experimental comic artist--but he does what he does very well.

-The relationships between the characters, and especially how they change over time.

-The anti-re
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MissAnnThrope
04 January 2013

Rating:* * 1/2

Sigh.

Preacher, Vol. 9: Alamo is a disappointing, anti-climatic end to the series. The Saint of Killers couldn't even save the show and that's saying a lot. I equate this journey with Preacher to having a major case of blue balls. It got me excited at times, but never quite got me there.

While I enjoyed the extremes to which this series dared to go, I don't think I would ever read this again. It wasn't consistently interesting enough for me to commit the time to it ag
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Krystl Louwagie
What can I say, I love Cassidy. Though, no one will ever really convince me to like Tulip, or the relationship between Custer and her.
While I agree that a whole class could legitimately be taught on all the kinds of wrong this series is for good, open minded people (it's entirely chauvinistic, and pretty much portrays sexual deviants negatively and only presents normal hetero love as positive and everything else is so over the top it's obscene, too many guns and cowboys with old fashioned ideas
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Tyler Hill
Oh, should I give this 5 stars? Tempting, but I think there were a couple of small hiccups that kept this from really being excellent. That said, most of my complaints about the last volume (see that review, if you're really bored) are largely downplayed, and instead what we mainly get is the stuff that I really think made this series great.

The shocks, gory and profanity are still here, but for the most part they seem like a natural outgrowth of the story, not just tacked on to please the reade
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Kienie
Well, it was a better ending than I expected. God was basically a force that fed on love. Every other figure was created by him. He created terrible suffering so that people might turn to him and their love would be sweeter for it. Genesis was just another ploy, but it got out of hand.
I still don't feel that the story deals with the whole machismo/chivalry issue. They talk about it, and Jesse admits it's messed up and that Tulip is a confident, self assured and capable woman. But when the time c
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Renny Abraham
A review for the entire Preacher series. If you're a christian, you will find these books blasphemous. Just read it like you would a comic book and you'll enjoy it. A word of warning: this series is bloody and violent, quite adult. Its not for the squeamish. The story is interesting enough but I was surprised that "Genesis" never really got much screen time. It's just something that is there in the entire series. An annoying aspect is that the characters love to talk and, boy, they talk waaaay t ...more
Joe
Imagine a story based on Greek mythology, where a mortal who inadvertently received divine powers decides to confront Zeus, all while traveling with a beautiful woman and a vampire. On their way, they have adventures with a cabal of murderous priests, an impossibly strong giant and his lecherous little brother, and other assorted characters.

That's the Preacher series, except it's not Greek gods they take on but the Judeo-Christian one. G-d himself. This is a radical thing, to treat Yaweh as a c
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Brad
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Keith Moser
This is an abbreviated review since the new Goodreads app apparently lost the lengthy one I wrote earlier this week :-/

We finally get an end to the story started back in Vol. 2 and we get some amazing full page artwork for each of our main characters. We see Arseface get some closure on his story arc (strange as it may have gotten in the past few volumes). We get several epic showdowns—Jesse vs Cassidy; Jesse vs God; Jesse vs Herr Starr; the Saint of Killers vs anyone and everyone—and all of the
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11811 (Eleven)
This entire series was phenomenal and now that its over I'm sad. It is truly one of the greatest things I've ever read possibly ranking up there with Hamlet, The Qur'an, and The Iliad. But I wouldn't know about any of that. I don't read that crap. I read comics.
Laura
Very disappointing ending to a series which seemed very promising at the beginning. The ending didn't really fit in with the tone of the rest of the story.

Overall I don't regret reading the series as it had some very fun imagery and some of the stories and characters were engaging and fun. It does come across as pretty chauvinistic at points but then if you're going to have you main character being a stereotypical Southern Gentleman figure then there will always be a certain amount of 'looking a
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Lynda
Well, it's over: 9 volumes and Ennis actually managed to tie up all the plotlines. It was really good. There were amazing high points, and some that didn't quite meet expectations.
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
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Nicolás Brian
The final volume of 'Preacher' packs all the emotional punches and sense of closure that were to be expected from one of the most important comic book creations of our times. Preacher is not in the same league as 'Sandman' or 'Lucifer', but there is a raw quality to Ennis' writing and Dillon's pencils that can't help but emotionally involve the reader. At its worst, 'Preacher' seems too much over-the-top, with unrestrained plotlines and ideas that overwhelm, disgust or shock. At its best, it con ...more
DeAnna Knippling
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Julie Decker
So now it's time for the showdown. Jesse Custer, preacher and vessel of the angelic/demonic entity Genesis, is going to fight and take God to task. We get to see how everybody who's crossed his path ends up, and while the conclusion is (as usual) pretty disturbing all around, it's also actually satisfying--you don't feel like the author and artist are just pulling punches to get shock points. As long as you're okay with blasphemy, violence, gore, supernatural interference, and a whole lotta foul ...more
Caroline
Perfect ending.
Jack Gattanella
Yeah, the last issue gets a little sappy - it's saved mostly by what we might hope to happen with two notorious characters, one of them God - but this is a very satisfying, emotionally gripping conclusion because Ennis focuses on the characters and the consequences of what's happened for all of them.

Yes, Custer and Cassidy having it out, but really as just talking shit out, is where it's at dramatically speaking and where artist Dillon gets to shine with his compositions filled with faces that
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Joe Lenihan
This review is kind of a mixture of the final volume and of the entire series in general. The best thing about Preacher as a series is also the worst thing about it. That is that the series starts out so incredibly awesome that it plants a seed that by the final volume things will really take off though sadly, that doesn't happen. The strongest volumes of Preacher are by far volumes 1 to 5. This is the point where all the main characters have their most interesting moments and volume four consis ...more
Jess
Goddamnit. For all the uneven plotting in the previous eight volumes of the Preacher series, Volume 9: Alamo ties things together so well, relying instead on the strength of the characters themselves and their relationships with one another rather than the overarching theological quest for dramatic impact. Sure, the confrontation with God doesn't quite come to pass as dramatically as previously suggested, but almost everything else here is pitch perfect in settling old scores, working through is ...more
Matt
Again, thank you Josh and Carol for seeing on my Christmas list that I was two trades away from finishing the series, and saving me the waiting game I play with Modern Myths in Northampton, MA, waiting for someone to sell their last two trades of Preacher so I can buy them for about 60% the cover price.

I had extremely low expectations for the end of this, changed from my extremely high expectations (the premise of the series is a confrontation with God Himself) thanks to a man-boy who had not be
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David

There I go again... picking something off the shelf and finding it's not the first volume...

In this case, I read volume 9, the LAST in the series... so although it didn't make much sense in some ways, at least it had an ending... and a faintly happy one at that. (I get the feeling the other books didn't have many happy endings... but you never know.)

I think I'll hunt up the other volumes, and at least have a look. This one wasn't bad in some ways (it was in fact, a highly imaginiative view of go
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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, Volume 4: Ancient History
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