amc-preacher-book-1-reread-part-three-insideOur Reddit Preacher comic re-read continued this past week, taking us to the halfway point of the first book in the series. Jesse Custer, Tulip O’Hare, and Cassidy have all left the chaos of Annville behind and have hit the road in search of God. This is pretty much where I expect Season 2 to pick up, and with any luck, some of the story lines will remain intact. These two issues were both brilliant. Here are my thoughts on Preacher issues #5 and 6…

  • I got two words for you people: John Tool. I have all the time in the world for detective John Tool, he is one of my favorite characters in the comics. While Arseface is easily the TV shows most sympathetic character, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for John Tool. The guy just can’t catch a break, can he? His intro comes out of nowhere, a cold call character addition, one of the most unlikely dudes you’d expect to meet in this crazy universe. He is so well written, so believable (and maybe for many identifiable), that you are drawn in to his story immediately.  The inclusion of the world’s unluckiest cop within the pages of Preacher brings the madness of the first four issues down to a more human level, and speaks volumes with regards to Garth Ennis’ flexibility and range as a writer.
  • I adore the scene with Jesse and Cassidy a top the Empire State building. Steve Dillon did an amazing job with these panels, he makes you feel like you are there atop the landmark gazing out across the city skyline.
  • The end of issue #6 (pictured) might be one of the creepiest scenes in the entire series. I can hear you protest, but give me a chance here. True, there are other moments more shocking, gross, and utterly jaw-dropping in the comics, but Si putting that knife through Tulip’s hand still gives me an unavoidable chill as I turn the page, despite the fact that I know what’s coming. Part of that I think is due to his demeanor; Si Coltrane is chill, easy to talk to, and is always smiling. Have you noticed this? I didn’t realize until reading this time around: in almost every panel, including the pictured unforgettable last scene of issue #6, Si is smiling ear to ear. Go back and check it out, it’s really quite eerie. Factor in the fact that Cassidy trusts him and has known him for a significant amount of time, and what you have it the last person you would think that could do something so horrible. Our main trio should be able to trust this guy given what the they know and see; this is undoubtedly the creepiest part of all, because hey, if you can’t trust a sociable, easy going, long time friend…

All and all, an amazing 48 pages of reading material that keeps me as a reader eagerly turning those pages. So folks, what did you think of Preacher Issues # 5 and 6?

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