Sunday, April 17, 2011
Publisher/Year: Vertigo, 1999
Artist: Steve Dillon
Writer: Garth Ennis
Collects: Preacher #41-50
It is simply astounding that some critics feel this the least of the Preacher story arcs to date! Writer Garth Ennis is still perfectly comfortable writing this incredible character in fascinating, if decadent situations.
This time out we get to meet Jesse's delightful and utterly enchanting mother, a creature inspired by a painting by Wyeth. Other new enticements include Cindy, the female deputy sheriff; Lorie, the cyclopean girl with an unexpected perspective on the world; Skeeter, the cuddly mongrel whose loyalty and obedience to Jesse proves to be more than merely a life enhancement; and the entirely despicable Odin Quincannon, whose personal perversion intrigues, while it disgusts.
Writing such complex characters at this level of sophistication is no easy feat, but Garth Ennis does so masterfully. Steve Dillon's art perfectly catches the nuances of the characters and their setting. This is truly a virtuoso performance and truly a grand reading experience.
Preacher: Salvation is not for everyone, certainly, but if you love a superb story well told and are not offended by the seamier side of life, there's little better.