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Preacher, Volume 1 by Garth Ennis
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Dec 27, 2010

did not like it

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 real big and more or less killed any creativity they ever had. It was here that Ennis realized he didn't need to create character, he could just collect 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 shows us only how a master can laugh all the way to the bank.

Ennis is beneath contempt here. He presents us with all the cowboy movies he ever saw as a kid as part of his half-assed plan to be the Tarantino of comics. Years later we can see how well that went. The series as a whole rises to two or three stars, but the absolute creative paucity of volume one, combined with the disappointment of what could have been had he not chosen the path of highfalutin' fart jokes, means they're getting only one star out of me.
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