Title: Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas
Author: Garth Ennis
Artist: Joe R. Lansdale
Date Added: September 13, 2017
Date Started: August 23, 2018
Date DNF: August 23, 2018
Genre: Graphic Novel/Comic, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural/Paranormal
Publication Date: 1995
Media: Paperback – Library
One of the most celebrated comics titles of the late 1990s, PREACHER is a modern American epic of life, death, love and redemption also packed with sex, booze, blood and bullets – not to mention angels, demons, God, vampires and deviants of all stripes.
At first glance, the Reverend Jesse Custer doesn’t look like anyone special-just another small-town minister slowly losing his flock and his faith. But he’s about to come face-to-face with proof that God does indeed exist. Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Jesse now possesses the power of “the Word,” an ability to make people do whatever he utters. He begins a violent and riotous journey across the country in search of answers from the elusive deity.
I love when I’m reading something and BAM, racial slur. I was already on the fence about this and that sealed it for me. This isn’t to say I’ve never read or never will read anything with slurs. There are definitely valid reasons to use them in a work, so please don’t get it twisted and assume that’s the reason I shelved this. It was more the final straw in a story I wasn’t that into in the first place.
This one of those narratives you’d think I’d be in love with: a small town preacher forcefully merges with a half-angel, half-demon being named Genesis and parts of the story takes place literally in Heaven with angels (Seraphi and Adephi), but it’s not really my style or aesthetic. The story also jumps around so much, it comes off as frenetic. I know it’s a big fan favorite (it has over four stars on Goodreads), but it’s not for me.