Friday, April 13, 2018

Horse Head Reads...Dig and Flip - "Preacher Volume 1: Gone to Texas"

Graphic Novel Find
"Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to Texas"

(Last fall, I stumbled upon a good sized box filled with a variety of graphic novels at an estate sale. No official count yet, as I'm just pulling from the box when I find time to read one.  Afterward, I'll post the book and go from there.)

"Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to Texas"
Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon
1996 by Vertigo
199 pages
(includes issues 1-7 of the original series)

No Spoilers:
"Preacher" is a violent tale that's both original and quirky.
And looks as good as it reads.
Apparently, there was a taboo romp in heaven between an angel and a demon that spawned a rogue angel.  An angel that's...a little bit country, a little bit rock-n-roll.  So to speak.

The angel goes rogue and escapes to Earth and into the body of a young Texas preacher named Jesse.
Meanwhile, archangels in heaven send the "Saint of Killers" to find him and bring him back...or worse.
And off you go.

"Preacher" (inside)

There are a handful of delicious side characters that further the story along, as well.
The artwork throughout is really good.  A few panels are extremely clever!
Suffice to say, the words and drawings are a nice fit.
This graphic novel is volume one in a nine-part series and a dang good springboard.

"Rock ' N ' Roll Preacher" - Slade / "Till Deaf Do Us Part" (1981)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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