Awesome news folks: Absolute Preacher Volume 2 is now available for pre-order on Amazon with a scheduled release date of May 9th/2017.
When Absolute Preacher Volume 1 was released on July 12th this year, Preacher fans were understandably stoked about it. Why wouldn’t they be? After all, Vertigo crammed the first 26 issues (over 1/3 over the main story line) into one massive omnibus edition for our reading pleasure. The particular stories in this first ‘Absolute’ edition are amongst the best in the series in my opinion. Needless to say, to have them all together like this is pretty amazing.
After the initial talk regarding Volume 1 died down, the questions started to trickle in regarding the second installment, primarily these two: when would it come out, and what material would be included? We took a stab at this in our original Absolute Preacher Volume 1 post. We predicted that the second installment would include Preacher issues #27 to #54. It turns out this will not be the case, here’s what we know so far…
Absolute Preacher Volume 2 will in fact include Preacher issues #27 to #40, which it almost half the number of the main story line issues that were included in the first volume. So we’re looking at about 330 pages or so of main arc material. Assuming that this volume will be as big as the first, there is a lot of material that will need to be included in Volume 2 to make up the difference. We will update this post as soon as we have confirmation on the details, but I assume many (if not all) of the side comic stories will be included. As of right now the Amazon description doesn’t specify. It is likely that we will see the Saint of Killers and Arseface origin comic series’ in this edition. The description also alludes to bonus content being included, so there might be more goodies in there beside the comics.
What this means for Volume 3 is that it is pretty much destine to contain Preacher issues #41 to #66, the exact same number of issues as Volume 1 (26 issues). If this is indeed the case, it is unlikely that there would be much room to include anything else. Going by the current timeline of releases, it looks like we could probably expect Absolute Preacher Volume 3 around March 2018 or so. We’ll keep you posted on this as details arise.