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Preacher, Volume 5: Dixie Fried (Preacher #5)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  11,929 ratings  ·  124 reviews
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 30th 1998 by Titan Books (first published January 1st 1998)
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It's a no doubter that this is foul, blasphemous and brutally violent...

However, it's equally doubt free that this is powerfully evocative, brilliantly original and darkly humorous...

It's 100% sans doubt that this is a kudo-worthy masterpiece of American pop literature...

So please put your hands together and give it up for......PREACHER

I’ve read a veritable parking lot full of comics/graphic novels and consider myself some+what of an aficionado of the genre. I’ve also read several pounds short
Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon are vile and disgusting men who should be banned from the comics industry!

What did they do to so offend me, you ask? Was it the multiple depictions of incredibly graphic violence, including skull shattering gunshots and people getting their faces cut off? No, years of American television has desensitized me to that kind of stuff. Did the many drawings of naked people, orgies and various other disgusting sex acts that you can’t see outside of a third world donkey sho
The Flooze
Dixie Fried feels a little bit like filler.

It opens with an entertaining story of Cassidy finding another vampire in New Orleans--as well as a group of immortal-wannabes. This sets up the action for the present-day when Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy visit the city. The stop-over leads to a voodoo trance, flying bullets, uncomfortable revelations, a beheading, and a meeting with none other than Arseface.

Since I'm not crazy about the route Ennis is taking with Cassidy, I was somewhat dissappointed in
Believe it or not, this was the most bizarre Preacher yet. The storytelling was exceptional, as usual, but the comedic elements were turned up to eleven!

In the beginning, Cassidy meets up with another vampire, something he thought would never happen. The douchebaggery oozing out of the fellow bloodsucker was off the charts. Cassidy has a hard time even believing that someone could act this way but understands where he's coming from when the only basis for vampire activity comes from the movies.

Mark Lawrence
This is a 3* as in good, rather than a fuck-you 3*

I bought this for myself as a Christmas present and I've enjoyed reading it. The artwork is good, the characterisation and dialogue excellent, the story ... not bad. It's significantly better than #4 which nearly turned me away from the series. It does not however (for me) have the brilliance of the first two books. Book one really grabbed hold of me, it was fresh, exciting, unpredictable, I didn't know what I had hold of and I liked it. This epi
What to say...what to say...
Well it keeps on moving right along, picking up after our interlude in Vol. 4 with the excellent Saint of Killers story.
But first we have the best story of the Volume, with Cassidy: Blood and Whiskey. Cassidy is in New Orleans and runs into another vampire, only this one turns out to be a tosser, a wanker, a pompous twat. Worst part is, he's got a cult of gothic morons following him and worshipping. Cassidy ends up taking the guy out (in a fantastic crucifixion on the
Leila Anani
This fifth instalment in the Preacher series is very much all about vampire Cassidy.

The first story Blood & Whisky is by far my favourite - it takes Cass back to New Orleans where he meets an Anne-Rice style vampire and his covern of goth vampire wannabes - Les enfants du sang. Imagine if a vampire from dusk till dawn met Lestat - bitingly clever and rather funny.

Jesse and Tulip's relationship is a little strained after Jesse abandoned her to keep her safe. Tulip is further upset when Cass
Cassidy is kinda the center in this volume. It starts out with the period just before Cass met Tulip and Jesse. We get a nice déjà vu when Cassidy kind of reinacts how he got turned into a vampire, only he kills his victim.

Cassidy meets a vampire. At first he 's happy, but this feeling fades when this fellow vampire turns out to be a real eejit as Cassidy would say.

We meet up with our favorite couple Jesse and Tulip who, after a good talk, make up.

The craziest and most unexpected thing in this
One more star than the previous bunch because this seems to be where the whole thing goes completely off the rails- but not five stars because, while the payoff is nice, Garth Ennis's boner for military army guys is in full effect in this one, and I don't really have that boner.


Oh wait, the desert thing is the next one. Whatever.
Keith Moser
Here we are, more than halfway through the series & yet it feels like we've come so...not far. Volumes 3 & 4 are all filler/side stories barely talking about the plot where Jesse is hunting down God to make him answer for Genesis...

Vol 5 starts with another one-off, single trade back story for Cassidy and what happens when he finally meets another vampire (who seems mostly influenced by Anne Rice novels). It's a decent, fun story but what happened to the plot?!?

In trade #2, we finally g
One-and-half stars.

Something amazing happens on p. 105: Jesse, the lead protagonist recommits to the plot of the series, namely his quest to find God (who has elected to walk to earth after quitting his job and leaving Heaven). Here we are in Volume 5 (of 9) and it is way back in the first half of Volume 2 that we last heard about the plot. Yes, we met The Grail along the way, but the lengthy detour involved was concerned only in saving Cassidy's life, not in Jesse's quest. (view spoiler)
Apr 04, 2012 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that reads graphic novels
I didn't love the place they took Cassidy's character in this volume -- I mean, was any sort of love triangle necessary in this series? Aside from that, this volume was still awesome, as usual.
The story is really starting to bore the crap out of me in these 2 past books. Love triangles? Voodoo? Arseface the Rockstar? WHat the fuck is going on with my PREACHER?!
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
Julie Decker
Jesse wants to get in touch with the entity in his head--the half demonic, half angelic thing called Genesis--so what better to do than ask a witch doctor in New Orleans? Not always the best idea. Cassidy encounters poseur vampires--a situation I always think is hilarious, when "real" mythical creatures find their wannabes--and Tulip decides to visit with a friend. What I really liked about Cassidy here was that he has so much personality outside of being a vampire; that's not even close to what ...more
Charlie George
Preacher volume 5 was choice. Would have been 5 stars if it hadn't have dragged so much through the middle. Primarily set in New Orleans, it recounted our heroes travails with Les Enfants du Sang and Xavier, both compliments of Cassidy's fuck-ups. No more silly, far-fetched conspiracies, just good old fashioned character and relationship problems I can relate to. We weren't even asked to believe in the voodoo, allowing that it could basically just be hypnosis. Better still, Tulip put Jesse and C ...more
07 December 2012

What Preacher, Vol. 5: Dixie Fried lacks in excitement, it makes up for with hilarious comedic moments. Herr Starr trying on an assortment of hats and wigs had me giggling out loud, and I also found Arseface and his mumbling speech quite amusingly endearing.

The first story involving Cassidy finding a Lestat wannabe was interesting. I could totally be wrong here, but there are characters in this story that oddly resemble Neil Gaiman and characters from The Sandman. Jabs are made a
This was much better than the last one as it actually involved storyline. In this volume, we see the less glamorous side of Cassidy. We see his past, where he meets up with another vampire in New Orleans, decides he's a douche and kills him. Herr Starr goes back to San Francisco to meet up with Featherstone as the new Allfather and is pissed at Jesse for scarring his head, and vows to kill him. Tulip meets up with Jesse and Cassidy in New York and can't decide whether she wants to stay with him ...more
After the diversionary stories of Ancient History , Preacher: Volume 5, Dixie Fried, returns to Reverend Jesse Custer, his girlfriend Tulip and their hard-drinking, fast-talking Irish vampire friend Cassidy and their quest to make the Almighty answer to his sins. But first, Cassidy sniffs out another of his kind down in New Orleans, only to discover he is pompously cliché-ridden and indulging the vampiric fantasies of a group of rich kid goths who call themselves Les Enfants Du Sang. With the t ...more
Like I've explained in my review for "War Stories", I'm one of those Garth Ennis fans who prefer him in serious mode. For that reason "Vol. 5: Dixie Fried" must count as my favourite "Preacher" trade paperback so far, since it focuses intensely on the serious core of the storyline: The mindfuck of a theological thought experiment that is the entire premise, the internal dynamics between the three protagonists and the beginning of an unlikely love triangle.

Something I've had an inkling about also
Ennis and Dillon hit their greatest stride to-date in Dixie fried – a dark and gothic story-arc that takes Jesse Custer and friends Cassidy and Julip back to New Orleans to confront the blood-worshipping cabal known as Les Enfants du Sang. (The brief sojourn of Peter Fonda and friends in the Big Easy in Easy Rider this ain’t.) Along the way, Arseface first threatens to off Custer; then graciously allows our trio to continue on in their quest to find God – who, missing from Heaven, roams the eart ...more
Joe Rowan
For a series that so far has been very frenetic and action-packed this is an oddly slow-paced volume (at least by Preacher standards). It might just be me but I thought there was a lot more talking than in previous volumes, although thankfully the ending made up for things in terms of the excitement stakes. In terms of other stuff I liked I actually rather enjoyed the Cassidy special at the beginning, and also how this made Ancient History seem less inessential. However, I am beginning to worry ...more
Really love Ennis' writing. Short, poignant and beautiful. Artwork is vivid, the story also full of nicely woven Americana themes and concepts. Preacher (the entire series) has now become something of a "primacy text" to me, a comic that I'll always recommend to non-comic readers, and those yearning for something extra in their reading.

I was tempted to give this a 2 star rating as this is the when Cassidy's character starts being taken in a direction I wasn't really happy or convinced by. In the end I went with three as comparing it to the other volumes it is probably just as good story and drawing wise with some decent plot points.
This volume of Preacher involves: Jesse Custer being handcuffed to a bed and left alone as punishment, the Vengeance of Arseface, Voodoo Priests, a curse on Cassidy, and some rather emo kids who wish to become vampires. What else do you expect of Preacher?

Three stars for this installment as it felt a bit rushed. There is a distinct feeling of a build-up to something great, but whatever it is, it hasn't happened yet. I'm excited for it, and very interested in where they're taking Cassidy's charac

So, the art is back to what it was.
I think the stories were well told, but I'm not sure I appreciate where the characters are going. Like, nothing about Cass previously indicated that he was into Tulip at all. It's an interesting twist, especially given how it complicates everyone's relationship, and it's going to blow up in their faces in what I'm sure will be an interesting manner, but I guess I wasn't reading his character as a backstabbing douche-bag.
They also addressed Jesse's abandoning
The gang heads to the Big Easy where Cassidy's past catches up to him ... again and our heroes help out another traveler they meet on the way.

Ennis continues to develop the main characters in this volume and things are beginning to look dark for our trio in their adventure to bring God to account.
DeAnna Knippling
Cassidy backstory. This is the book where I start to realize that Cassidy might (ahem) be the main character. The disparate threads that were scattered in the last few volumes get wound together, with tragic results.
A good breathing point book, as we're at the half-way point of the series, with a good bit of soap opera twist that should keep the drama going throughout the rest of the books.
The plot thickens and oh, what a plot it is. Garth Ennis continues to build each character--flaws and all--and I'm totally committed to their futures.
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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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“We've the whole wide world out there waiting for us, and we've forever to make the most've it. And that's the thing: enjoyin' life. Not livin' death, or anything stupid like that.

What've we got to fear except the sun?”
Jesse: But—but are you okay?

Tulip: Yeah, fine. I checked out the bad guy's place and shot them up a little bit, you know. There were quite a lot of them, and one guy nearly got me with a throwing knife— But I know you'll be cool with that, because you can trust me to handle myself. Let's go.”
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