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One of the most celebrated comics titles of the late 1990s, PREACHER is a modern American epic of life, death, love and redemption also packed with sex, booze, blood and bullets - not to mention angels, demons, God, vampires and deviants of all stripes.

At first glance, the Reverend Jesse Custer doesn't look like anyone special-just another small-town minister slowly losing...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Vertigo
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Kemper
Preacher has so much graphic violence that the makers of the Saw movies can’t read it without projectile vomiting.

Preacher has such profane language that Chris Rock would cover his ears if he heard it.

Preacher has acts of sexual perversions so disgusting that Larry Flynt once said he would have never taken his case to the Supreme Court if he knew that this was the kind of stuff that would get published.

But damn, is it a great story.

Jesse Custer, a reluctant redneck minister in a tiny Texas town...more
Trudi

After reading Kemper's awesome review I knew I'd be getting to Preacher eventually -- now after having read the first volume I'm left wondering why the hell did I wait so long?!

It's bloody, gory grit and gasoline pulp Texas style, with demons and angels and a possessed preacher, an Irish vampire and a supernatural gunslinger known as the Saint of Killers -- who reminded me instantly of Roland Deschain crossed with Randall Flagg.

Something has gone very wrong in heaven: a terrifyingly powerful en...more
Brad
This did not go the way I expected at all. I haven’t heard a dissenting voice from anyone about Preacher. Not one, although I’ve not looked at any of the reviews here on goodreads. In fact, I’ve had numerous friends say, “You have to read this book,” and, “Dude, you will love this book,” and since it was all from people I trusted, loving Preacher was my expectation.

Nope. I hated this book.

First, this book is populated by the most idiotic array of stereotypes and caricatures (certainly these cha...more
Brandon
Sep 23, 2012 Brandon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Brandon by: Sylvia
Shelves: fiction, comix, 2012, vertigo
This was probably the easiest five stars I've handed out to a comic collection. From the insane violence combined with the wildly original story, the first volume of Preacher did exactly what it was supposed to do: hook me and leave me begging for more.

Following it's unexpected escape, the dangerous offspring of an Angel and a Demon bonds with Jesse Custer, a lone Texan minister. Now with the word of God embedded within him, Jesse forms an alliance with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and a drunken Iris...more
Patrick
In my opinion, one of the best things about this series is its beginning.

If you've never read Garth Ennis before, this is a good place to start. Because odds are, you're going to love this series, or hate it. And, by no small twist of fate, odds are that you're also going to either love or hate Garth Ennis.


Why would you hate Ennis? Well, because his work contains graphic ultraviolence, vulgarity, and blasphemy on pretty much every conceivable level.

Why would you love Ennis? For pretty much th...more
oriana
book #11 for Jugs & Capes
& my latest entry at CCLaP

First of all, I understand that it is totally unfair to read only the first two volumes in a series and purport to have a reasonable grasp of said series. My friend Keith, a crazed comics fan who has become the unofficial backseat-driver of my comics tastes, criticized Jugs & Capes for this when we read the first two volumes of Fables a few months ago. He sees this as a problematic pattern: the indie comics we're reading are all sel...more
Matthew
Mar 04, 2008 Matthew rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who enjoy watching car wrecks or animals being slaughtered
Shelves: comics
I listened to the hype. I bought this first volume of the Preacher series and volume two off of eBay in a bundle because the price looked right to me. I was so unimpressed after finishing volume one that I didn't even bother browsing through the pages of volume two before I sold them off again on the same auction site.

Preacher did absolutely nothing for me (besides disgust me, I suppose). I didn't care for the plot, which seemed haphazard and slapdash. Save for one or two of them, the characters...more
Ronyell
Preacher

Introduction:

After reading so many graphic novels that were geared towards older teens and adults (Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” series and Bill Willingham’s “Fables” series), I never would have thought that I would come across a graphic novel that has coarse language practically littered out throughout the entire story while dealing with a subject matter that is so controversial to many readers. That graphic novel, my friends, is “Preacher: Gone to Texas” and man, was I in for a wild ride of my rea...more
Stephen
5.0 to 5.5 stars. Smart, original, very well written and a ton of fun to read. Garth Ennis is a master. Highly recommended!!
Christian
My problem with some of these "comics for adults" books is that they seem like just that. Its as though a child wanted to prove how adult he was so he filled his book full of sex and swearing and crude jokes so everyone would know he was really mature. And so, as I have found with a lot of these adult comic books, it ends up feeling more juvenile than many of the ones that do not attempt to be labeled as adult.
I really wanted to like this book. I had heard it was funny and thought provoking but...more
Kenny Murphy
Great graphic novel. This is the first story arc in Garth Ennis's Preacher series. A angel and demon fall in love and spawn a new kind of creature, called Genesis. This causes a disturbance in heaven and God leaves his post, leaving his angels in charge. This new being, Genesis escapes heaven, goes down to earth and enters the body of Jesse Custer, a Texas preacher, and as a result gives him "the word of God", the ability to make people do whatever he says just by saying it. Meanwhile, back in h...more
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Mar 10, 2012 [Name Redacted By Goodreads Because Irrelevant to Review] rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Philip Pullman, fans of Family Guy, fans of Michael Moorcock's "Behold the Man", teenagers
I honestly do not understand why this series was so beloved. I found it dull and derivative, with inferior art-work and unremarkable writing. I tried reading several volumes, but not a one of them reached above a "1 star" rating, and I've long since forgotten which they were. My advice: give this one a pass and move on to something better, like "The Sandman", "Persepolis" or "The Unwritten".

UPDATE: Upon reading many of the reviews I think I understand a little better the root of this series' pop...more
Jody Hampton
Angel-on-demon sex, spontaneous combustion of entire congregation, violence on a massive and disgusting scale, and a boy whose face looks just like an asshole. That my friends is just what a graphic novel about a Texas preacher should be about.
Charlie George
I had thought perhaps Volume 1 was sub-par, occurring prior to either of my 2 favorite characters, the villains Starr and Jody. However I had forgotten what fundamentally classic Preacher moments were way back here in the beginning, prompting a revised rating of 5 stars. *spoiler alert*

Jesse first meeting Cassidy. Tulip first meeting Cassidy. Cassidy's two run-ins with the Saint of Killers (pow!). Basically Cassidy's character is just awesome in these issues. The whole storyline with Si (who in...more
The Flooze
Gone to Texas is crass and gory, with the sort of graphic violence that includes splattered brains and pools of blood. It’s also blasphemous, taking all sorts of potshots at God and the heavenly host. Racist yokels abound and most of the characters are the most screwed up creations you’re ever likely to meet. There is a lot to find offensive in this piece, if you’ve a mind to do so.

In the midst of all this, Gone to Texas is also a little bit genius. Maybe even a lot. There’s a wry humor that per...more
Kathryn
Joe R. Lansdale makes a wonderful introduction at the beginning of the book, saying "don't confuse "intelligent" with "intellectual." Pretention can confuse a soul if they're not paying attention. This stuff, well, pretentious it ain't, but smart it is." Maybe my biggest complaint involving any type of writing is a pretentious or pompous tone. I was happy to find that Lansdale couldn't have been more right.

This book is offensive and anyone who picks it up knowing so and then complains about it,...more
Kirk
Let me lay the foundation for this brief review by saying I love this series.

I felt Preacher started a little quickly though. When I picked this TPB up it was a hard pill to swallow. A drug-addled vampire, a failed femme fatale and a preacher imbued with the soul of an infant angel-demon, in retrospect it sounds like a formula for success. At the time I first read it, however, I almost put the book down. I'm glad I didn't.

That's the only negative thing I have to say about Preacher. I just want...more
Kurt
This gory explosive book flings blasphemy and depravity around like a toddler splashing around in a mud puddle. While I appreciate that it is more thoughtful than it seems at a surface level (the horrors of the book serve to explore ideas of what morality looks like in a society that has rejected - or been abandoned by - God, how there are still acts that are Wrong even without a deity to enumerate them), I can't argue that shock value isn't a primary motivation for most of what's in these pages...more
Geoff Sebesta
I am the only person in the world who doesn't like Preacher.

I don't like Preacher. Ennis and Dillon were phoning it in and it got real popular and big and more or less killed any creativity they had. It was here that Ennis realized he didn't need to create character, he could just create collections of cliches and have them cuss a lot. And Dillon learned he didn't have to do...anything. No backgrounds, no composition, no framing. He's still a master, he's just a master who isn't even trying. He...more
Keely
I'd have to agree with one of the responses in the letters page that Ennis is never as revolutionary as he seems to imagine himself. Cursing is really an art, and while Ennis is a proficient user, he's really not masterful enough to make it beautiful. He's had to study it with some care and made an admirable transition from Irish to Southern U.S. (which may not seem a drastic change in volume, but is a world apart in vernacular).

After reading Morrison's Invisibles, it is a sweet blessing to find...more
Erik
Now this is storytelling with a sledgehammer. Brutal, angry, beautiful stuff. The world of Preacher is completely thought out fantasy. Can't wait to get on the rest.
Sam Quixote
Garth Ennis is definitely one of my all-time favourite comic book writers. I forget which series I read first - his Punisher MAX run I think followed by The Boys - but I do remember coming to Preacher very late in the game, despite being told it was his finest work to date. And I remember reading it and thinking, no, it’s not. Re-reading it recently, I’m still not convinced and I’m baffled at most readers’ overwhelmingly positive response to it.

Jesse Custer is a former bad boy turned preacher i...more
Eliza Victoria
Jesse Custer, a preacher from a small town in Texas, is possessed by a powerful supernatural being named “Genesis”. The force of the possession hits his church like a nuclear bomb, and the members of his congregation are reduced to bones. Jesse, however, leaves the site unscathed, and with the new ability to command anyone with only his words. Witnesses call this the “Word of God”.

Jesse later learns that Genesis is the offspring of an angel and a demon, a creation of Heaven and Hell, and on its...more
Jeffrey
In the foreword Joe R. Lansdale laments that people have a caricatured vision of text. He goes on to say to praise this book, which does nothing but reinforces that caricature, as "intellectual." Seriously? Is there some artsy rule that if you deliberately reinforce a stereotype it doesn't count?

But Texans aren't the only ones who will (and in many cases actually should) take offense... so will black folks, italians, jews, New Yorkians, cops, gays, the Irish, hispanics, Christians, serial killer...more
Jake Menne
Bizarre, Intriguing, Absurdly Absurd, and Hilarious

So this is my first graphic novel. At first I had to adapt to the foreign style of reading but I fell into the grove rather quickly. I could move at a pace that’s impossible in a traditional novel and it was quite enjoyable.

The story itself was on a whole new level of strange that somehow worked out well and had me laughing and grimacing in equal measure. The art was great and the story demanded a fast flipping of pages. Overall it was a good i...more
rachel
Not quite about a killer reverend (as I had hoped), Preacher has more than enough hyperviolence, wacky religion, and cussin' to please anyone who might view those qualities as assets while selecting their next read. It's the old fashioned spiritual war between Good versus Evil ramped up all crazily, with actual angels and demons and a nomad preacher who is caught in the middle of it all. It's a Western with whole limbs and faces being blown off, rather than sanitized duels. It's a cop story wher...more
Ridley
Husband: "You should read Preacher, I think you'd really like it."
Me: "Oh yeah? What's it about?"
Husband: "...well, it's, uh, hmmm...it's a western?"
Me: "You can't blurb it for me?"
Husband: "Not really, no. Just read it."

A few hours later...

Me: "So lemme get this straight. We have Jesse Custer, the Preacher, who's been possessed by some sort of nigh-omnipotent heavenly power and has the spirit of John Wayne as his guardian angel, Cassidy, who's basically Shane McGowan the vampire, and Tulip, the...more
Imogen
Y'know, this was fine, and I'm into it- somebody sold the whole series to my store yesterday, and I'm still going to read all of 'em- it's just that there's this thing where minor characters use racial slurs all over the place, and it feels kind of gross. It's like, I get it, Garth Ennis, you're tough and gritty and not afraid to sling forbidden words! I felt that way when I was fourteen, too. Oh, you're not fourteen? Then all you're accomplishing with that language is empty provocation, and it'...more
Hayden
This was one of the absolute coolest comics I've read in a long time, some of the most fun I've had in awhile. As the final line of the graphic novel proclaims, there's not much depth to the story. Just a bunch of badass characters doing a bunch of badass stuff. Complete with all kinds of hilarious one-liners that seem straight out of a Quentin Tarantino flick, stomach-wrenching gore, and some good ole' religious blasphemy. I honestly couldn't have asked for anything else in a comic like this. C...more
Kristen
So my brother swears I'll love this because it trashes religion . . . also there's sex and violence . . . and did I mention a whole lot of religion bashing?

That said how could I not like it?
Answer: because I'm not a 15 year old boy.

I only made it to page 30 before before I could hear my neglected Nabokov sitting on the table saying to me "C'mon, you're not really going to read that are you?"

No, no I'm not.

Sorry little brother.
Maybe some of my younger GR friends would like it.
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