Hey people. how’s the re-read going? Are you in on this? If so, feel free to comment in the section below. I would love to hear everyone else’s thoughts and opinions on Preacher.
Preacher issues #3 and 4 are significant to the series for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the wrapping of the series’ first subplot. But more important than even that, it is with the fourth issue that the main comic story line is revealed: Jesse learning that God has left Heaven and his subsequent quest to find God and hold him accountable is the backbone of Preacher. Here are some thoughts on my re-read of these two volumes:
- Issue #3 picks up where Issue #2 left off: with Cassidy ripping some dudes throat out with his teeth. The revelation explains just why Cassidy can heal from bullet wounds and seeming life-threatening injuries the way he does. Jesse calling him an “abomination” actually hurts Cassidy’s feelings, showing us this isn’t your run of the mill mindless, bloody thirsty vampire. That he actually cares what a human thinks? This is just one of many traits that make up his complex character.
- Amazing that Hugo Root only lasts 4 issues the series. He is an incredible, yet putrid, character who I could have swore hung around longer than he actually did. Jesse Custer‘s use of the word on Hugo is fiendishly brilliant writing on Ennis’ part.
- Arseface running out to save his dad in the midst of such an intense confrontation is so unexpected and absurdly ridiculous that I don’t know whether to cringe or laugh. Ian Colletti’s version of the character is way more sympathetic than his comic counterpart, but I must admit I do feel bad for the guy re-reading this. The fact that he is so happy that his dad is finally talking to him again just before Hugo turns the gun on himself is almost too cruel.
- The angels come off as truly pitiful creatures. DeBlanc and Fiore in the TV show are goofy for their part, but not as incompetent and as imperfect as this. It leaves me as a reader wondering what in the blazes is really going on up there?
- My favorite page during this part of the re-read (and I’m sure many will side with me on this) is Arseface on his knees shaking his fists at the sky vowing his revenge on Jesse Custer. He also proclaims himself as Arseface for the very first time. There are a few panels below on the same page showing glimpses into San Francisco, Louisiana, and France. These are masterful in their foreshadowing of things to come.
So tell me folks, what were your favorite parts of Preacher Issues #3 and 4?