A few months back, the news came out that AMC had ordered a pilot for an adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s graphic novel Preacher. I have seen these books at the Fullerton library for quite a while, and had always been meaning to give them a shot.
Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan Preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of “the word,” an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, the Preacher loses faith in both man and God as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America.
The three main characters are interesting, but the ancillary characters really stood out; especially the Saint of Killers. I would read a comic book based solely on him. The pacing and the artwork make the story flow.
I really enjoyed the unique storyline. It will be interesting to see where it goes.
What Did Not Work
The dialogue throughout the book (especially between Jesse and Tulip, and any interactions between police officers) felt very forced and unnatural. By the third time Jesse and Tulip go through their “you tell me your secret first” banter, I was completely uninterested in any of their conversations. The jibes between the cops would have worked if done sparingly; here they seem to be present in every sentence.
For the start of a series, there were way too many storylines to follow. I could have done without the Adephi. Their dialogue was solely exposition, and was not interesting. Straight exposition would have work better, for me. The writing is just way too choppy.
I checked out the first two volumes in this series. Upon completing the first, I did not feel the desire to immediately start the second. Although I enjoyed the world that Garth Ennis created, it does not seem like the kind of series that I would enjoy binge reading. This leads me to believe that if the next couple of volumes do not blow me away, I will look for other books to occupy my time.
After reading the second volume (really half of it), I gave up on this series. Neither the characters nor the story held my interest.