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Preacher, Volume 9: Alamo (Preacher #9)

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  17,986 Ratings  ·  287 Reviews
The final chapter in the Preacher storyline is the conclusion of Jesse Custer's quest to literally find God and take Him to task for the world's injustices. As the Preacher's crusade draws to an end, all of the players converge at the Alamo for a final showdown. With the love of his life, Tulip, by his side, Jesse makes his last stand against all of his enemies, including ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by RHUS
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Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨

So that was it, huh? I have to say it was underwhelming. Not bad, but kind of anticlimactic and tidy and predictable. Overall, this is a solid series, I'm glad I finished it, and I would still recommend.

Now, what bugged me about this final volume:

- WTH happened to Cassidy's character? Disappointing.
- The whole Genesis thing wasn't developed well and ended up being disappointing.
- The resolution with God was disappointing.
- The resolution with Herr Starr was disappointing.
- Tulip. Yes, she can
Damn near perfect.

All the threads come together, snarl, and then make something gloriously beautiful even though it looks the the end of a horrible, horrible mess. And you know what? I actually kinda expected the dog to actually be god. But No. Spoiler time: the dog is just a dog. :)

All through this comic, I knew it was always about these three, or five if you include the redoubtable Starr and the merciful Saint, but how it all came back to the first three, the story's core, is just so goddamne
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?”
Jedi JC Daquis
Aug 01, 2016 Jedi JC Daquis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost, Preacher did not end as I expected it to be. It has less violence and blood than the previous concluding arcs. The final setpiece is rather subdued and "quiet", save for a couple of explosions and gunshots. Though it is not the end I have expected, Garth Ennis has ended it in the best way Preacher could have possibly ended. And surprisingly, the ending has a heart and full of hope. Thus in a few words, I try to summarize what I felt about the ending, and please pardon my lang ...more
Oct 09, 2016 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Until a few months ago, I had never heard of this series or its author (I know, is unforgivable). I read the first for curiosity and then, I am going forward, devouring one book after another, following the adventures of Tulip, Jesse, Cassidy and all other major and minor characters who appear in these books.

Ennis is in no hurry to conclude, carries the various stories, unfolds them with precision and concludes some (such as Arseface and Lorie). The result is a stunning final, with a double conf
God damn, for some reason I've been wanting to read this book for YEARS, but never got around to it until now.

Preacher was one of the gateway comics - got me back into comics after 12 years away from that rather expensive and addicting habit. I couldn't believe after so long away, just how *adult* and hilariously vile and updated my love had become.

And Mr. Ennis (and Ellis, in that most ridiculous and hilarious Transmetropolitan) were such masters of the profane, how could I possibly refuse th
May 17, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing
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.
Seizure Romero
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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
Shane Noble
Mar 29, 2012 Shane Noble rated it it was ok
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Oct 12, 2014 JB rated it it was amazing
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 every sense of the word, story.

I have a couple of moments in this volume that stand out for me: 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 story is coming to an en
Jun 17, 2010 Brad rated it liked it
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
Mar 25, 2017 Otherwyrld rated it it was amazing
I was going to review the whole series in this final volume of Preacher, but in the end this is a story that can resonate with different people in different ways. The praise for the writing is just deserved, but I would like to pay tribute to the artwork of Steve Dillon. His death last October, leaves a big hole in the comics world, and this series wouldn't have been nearly as memorable without the sublime simplicity of his art. RIP Steve.
William Kulesa
Jan 11, 2010 William Kulesa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: humans, atheists, humanists, fantasy fans, the anti-religous
Recommended to William by: Domenick
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Mar 16, 2012 Zedsdead rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Zedsdead by: Next in series.
The grand finale. Jesse and Cassidy face off in front of the Alamo while Starr runs his endgame.

I still have a few complaints. The Grail just isn't the all-powerful organization it's supposed to be. Preacher continues to suffer from Cassidy's being rewritten as a useless backstabbing asshole. Tulip's interpretation of "I don't want you to fight the lethal shadow organization" as "you're a silly girl who can't take care of herself" is a blatant strawman and Jesse should be calling her on it.

Aug 08, 2015 Dayna rated it it was ok
I am glad I am done with this. I read it because I am working on the pilot, and wanted to be familiar with the characters and story. My final reaction is, "Meh." I found it expository (Jesse always talking out loud to himself being the classic irritating voiceover, or Cassidy spilling his beans to someone in a bar). And, while the general outline of the story is an interesting idea - God leaves heaven, Jesse Custer (J.C.) is inhabited by a superpower baby (who is the incarnation of good and evil ...more
Daniella Jácome
Aug 11, 2016 Daniella Jácome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cómics-manga
Excelente. Superó con creces los dos volúmenes anteriores. Debo reconocer que esperaba un enfrentamiento entre Jesse y Dios, pero me satisface la manera en que se desarrolló todo.

La premisa del cómic me gustó mucho desde el principio, pero sí creo que Ennis se desvía en algunos momentos y terminas por olvidar el propósito inicial del protagonista. A nivel gráfico, me encantó. El manejo del espacio y del color me engancharon desde el comienzo y en todos los volúmenes.

Una historia poco convencion
Jul 30, 2016 Octavi rated it really liked it
Los finales de los personajes secundarios son cojonudos, pero el de los tres principales y el de la trama principal... Psé. Pese a sus altibajos durante los 9 volúmenes, es una gran historia desde el principio. Muy muy recomendable.
Maja Shinigami
Nov 12, 2015 Maja Shinigami rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, comics
Bye, God.
Afro Madonna🍋
Sep 29, 2015 Afro Madonna🍋 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
EPIIIIIIIIIICCC!!! FREAKING epic!!!! I am not even sad it's ended . I am beyond fulfilled ( to a point I guess) . oh Garth Ennis your big beautiful brain .
Nov 28, 2010 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Is the conclusion everything I wanted it to be? No. Is it still fucking incredible? yes.
Jul 08, 2016 Erica rated it liked it
Ties up all loose ends but man, the fun was missing in this one.
04 January 2013

Rating:* * 1/2


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
Jan 04, 2016 Scott rated it it was amazing
A strong end to a great series.

After several collections in which the plot slowed down considerably, in the name of character development, the series concludes in grand fashion.

The first few issues involve the major players' final manuevers before the final confrontation. Jesse reconnects with Tulip, and then tracks down the Saint of Killers to strike a deal. Jesse then settles things with Cassidy, the weak-willed former friend whom he now finds irredeemably despicable. Gradually closing in is
Jun 23, 2016 Miguel rated it really liked it
Que puedo decir, un buen comic, una buena historia, los comics son mas que marvel y dc, y este saca la cara por los demas.

Puedes contar la misma historia mil veces pero si la cuentas de forma distintas, seras escuchado la mil veces. y en ese aspecto PREcher no cuenta nada nuevo, osea nuevo en su conjunto, pero separadas son todas historias de otras partes, pero lo supieron contar y eso es lo que mas importa, temas muy maduros visto de otro puntos de vista, podria analizarlos tema por tema pero n
Apr 05, 2016 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-manga
This series...

It's hard to sum it all up given that it spans nine volumes, but I suppose I should first start with a warning that anything, and I mean ANYTHING written by Garth Ennis is not for the feint of heart.

I first was introduced to him by a happy accident of running across his Punisher Max series and fell in love from there. Ennis has a way of making stories as visceral and stomach churning as he does emotional and, at their core, wholly human. It is a detriment to society that there are
Eshaan Kabir
Nov 15, 2016 Eshaan Kabir rated it it was amazing
শুয়ে শুয়ে, বসে বসে, চা খেতে খেতে, হেঁটে হেঁটে, রাতের ঘুম শিকেয় তুলে, টিউশনির ফাঁকে ফাঁকে পড়ে শেষ করে ফেললাম বিখযাত কমিক সিরিজ 'পরিচার'। পরথমেই এটি পড়ার সবাদ জেগেছিল এএমসি এর একই নামের টিভি সিরিজটি দেখে। পড়া শুরু করার আগে একশন, সেকস, বুজ, একসটরিম গরাফিক ভায়োলেনস কত টা উপভোগ করতে পারবো তা নিয়ে একটু সনদিহান ছিলাম। কিনতু একবার যখন পড়া শুরু করেছি তখন দেখি টযাব হাত থেকে রাখার কোন জো পাচছিনা। সময় পেলেই পড়া শুরু করে দিতাম। আর এভাবেই একে একে শেষ করে ফেললাম পুরো নয়টি ভলিউম। পরতিটি ভলিউমই ছিল চরম সব একশন আ ...more
I'll be honest, after reading volume 8 I was ready to be let down. The first half of this volume was ok, not great, but the second half made up for it. It was really good. It is not a happy ending for the majority of people. All the final confrontations come to a head, fittingly at the Alamo.
The grail is still this ramshackle outfit that supposedly rules the world. Granted, they lost the majority of their people and they are now ruled by a vengeful imbecile (sort of) but you'd think these elite
Krystl Louwagie
Sep 17, 2012 Krystl Louwagie rated it it was amazing
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
May 26, 2013 Kienie rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
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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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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