This weeks recommendation isa throwback to 1996- but its totally worthy of the recommendation despite the fact that the entire series has now been finished for over 12years. This is one of the books that helped to show a large number of people that comic books dont necessarily need to be about superheroes to be worthy of a read, and with a television adaptation in the works now is the time to jump on the ‘Preacher’ bandwagon.
This book is a creation of Garth Ennis through and through, and if youve never read anything by him then that might not make sense but its easier to say that the content is highly mature in therms of themes, dialog and levels of violence. Now this may seem like a bad thing to some, but if the truth is told its always good to have a more mature and realisitic comic book- just look at the success of ‘The Walking Dead.’
Add to the great writing work a real talent on the pencils, in the form of Steve Dillon and this title had everything it needed at the time to take the industry by storm and deliver a comic book that stands out as one of the best time limited series that has been released in the last 20years.
The series follows the story of Jesse Custer, a 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
This is a great tale that allows for both Ennis and Dillon to really play with characters, their motivations and do sometimes horrible things all in the name of storytelling that never seems unlikely in the world your presented with.
If you can get hold of the 75 issues id highly recommend you get on board now, and if you can’t then just grab the trade paper back of the first 6issues and enjoy the crazy ride.