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Preacher, Book 1 by Garth Ennis
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Jun 05, 12

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Read in May, 2012

Preacher follows the story of Jesse Custer, his Irish vampire friend
Cassidy (Who is in his 70's or 80's but looks more like he's in his 30's with a rugged Keith Richards type look) And his girlfriend Tulip
who happens to be good with a gun.

The trio go on a series of adventures after Genesis, a product of
the union of an Angel and a Demon, enters the earth and Jesse's body,
killing his entire congregation at his church where he is a preacher
in a massive explosion. Jesse is the only one left alive. Their are several interesting characters and sinister villains that they encounter along the way (such as Jesse's screwed up redneck
family that enjoys killing people and being generally sadistic to Jesse)

Each character has a dark past that comes to light off and on throughout the series.

What follows in Volume 1 of The Deluxe Hardcover Edition
is a series of, again, interesting adventures on Jesse's quest
to find God and make him pay for abandoning Heaven and his
creation and letting people suffer on earth.

Preacher is interesting to read but suffers from
some serious plotholes theology wise (such as how
can an Angel and Demon have sex and why is God scared
of a human with the spirit of an angel/demon hybrid in him?)

Garth Ennis writes some interesting things in this book
but their is much foul language, graphic violence and
gore, esp. in later issues as well as sexual imagery.

The humor is dark and often twisted but sometimes funny.

Preacher will make you think about theology, philosophy and even ethics
to a certain extent, humanity, God, Satan, Hell, Heaven, good vs evil, what
were doing on this earth here and sometimes it will shock you, offend you or
your senses or just make you laugh at loud plus make you feel a wide range of
other emotions as well.

Also see here:

"Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer, a down-and-out preacher in the small Texas town of Annville. Custer was accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis in an incident which killed his entire congregation and flattened his church.

Genesis, the product of the unauthorized, unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon, is an infant with no sense of individual will. However, as it is composed of both pure goodness and pure evil, it might have enough power to rival that of God Himself. In other words, Jesse Custer, bonded to Genesis, may have become the most powerful being in the whole of living existence.

Custer, driven by a strong sense of right and wrong, goes on a journey across the United States attempting to (literally) find God, who abandoned Heaven the moment Genesis was born. He also begins to discover the truth about his new powers. They allow him, when he wills it, to command the obedience of those who hear and comprehend his words. He is joined by his old girlfriend Tulip O'Hare, as well as a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy."

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