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30 review for Preacher, Volume 5: Dixie Fried

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mark Lawrence

    This is a 3* as in good, rather than a fuck-you 3* I bought this for myself as a Christmas present and I've enjoyed reading it. The artwork is good, the characterisation and dialogue excellent, the story ... not bad. It's significantly better than #4 which nearly turned me away from the series. It does not however (for me) have the brilliance of the first two books. Book one really grabbed hold of me, it was fresh, exciting, unpredictable, I didn't know what I had hold of and I liked it. This epi This is a 3* as in good, rather than a fuck-you 3* I bought this for myself as a Christmas present and I've enjoyed reading it. The artwork is good, the characterisation and dialogue excellent, the story ... not bad. It's significantly better than #4 which nearly turned me away from the series. It does not however (for me) have the brilliance of the first two books. Book one really grabbed hold of me, it was fresh, exciting, unpredictable, I didn't know what I had hold of and I liked it. This episode was more comfortable, time spent chilling with old friends. But really I wanted to be shocked, amazed, to be unable to put it down. And that didn't happen. The artwork, by the late, great Steve Dillon continues to be top notch. At £10.99 a shot it will take some convincing for me to move on to #6. I might put that money down gambling on finding something as good as #1 from some new talent... I should add that I've now watched the first season of the Preacher TV show and I really liked it. The show uses the graphic novels as rough guidelines rather than as a script but the end product is very watchable and I give it an 8/10. Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter #prizes ...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    It's a no doubter that this is foul, blasphemous and brutally violent... However, it's equally doubt free that this is powerfully evocative, brilliantly original and darkly humorous... It's 100% sans doubt that this is a kudo-worthy masterpiece of American pop literature... So please put your hands together and give it up for......PREACHER I’ve read a veritable parking lot full of comics/graphic novels and consider myself some+what of an aficionado of the genre. I’ve also read several pounds sh It's a no doubter that this is foul, blasphemous and brutally violent... However, it's equally doubt free that this is powerfully evocative, brilliantly original and darkly humorous... It's 100% sans doubt that this is a kudo-worthy masterpiece of American pop literature... So please put your hands together and give it up for......PREACHER I’ve read a veritable parking lot full of comics/graphic novels and consider myself some+what of an aficionado of the genre. I’ve also read several pounds short of a ton of most other fiction genres and an oil drum or two of history and non-fiction. I mention this only so that when I back the praise truck up and dump a load of warm, moist awesome on the unique genius of the Preacher series by Garth Ennis, I am doing so not simply in relation to other graphic novels but to the full-color spectrum of everything I’ve previously read. This series is superb, enthralling and all manner of excellent. True, It's also very brash, very visceral and, potentially, VERY offensive, given the religious themes that are at the heart and “soul” of the narrative. I for one find nothing offensive about it as it doesn’t belittle or poke fun of faith so much as paint an off-color, amoral picture of the universe’s government. This view is no more extreme than those our ancestors took when they wrote about dudes and dudettes in white togas living on a mountain top issuing curses, starting wars and quasi-raping mortals to produce an “all star team” of heroes. Just my opinion. Anyway, here’s the low down: PLOT SUMMARY: Jesse Custer is on a mission to find GOD...find Him and kick His ass (or at least chew Him a new one!!). Why? Well, Jesse was an unhappy preacher in a small Texas town when he was “possessed” by an entity known as Genesis, an event which killed Jesse’s entire congregation and left Jesse in a bit of a foul mood. Genesis, it turns out, is the spiritual “love child” of an “forbidden” sexcapade between an archangel and an even “archer” demon. Genesis, as a creature of both pure good and pure evil, has the potential to be the most powerful force in existence. However, it’s also basically an infant soul and has no sense of individual will. Thus, the Jesse/Genesis hybrid which Jesse controls is one BADMOFO (no offense Sammy Jackson, but Jesse has even YOU covered). Now the cool daddiest part of Jesse’s new situation is definitely The Voice which allows Jesse to “encourage strict compliance” with his orders when he is invoking this power. Thus, when you piss Jesse off and he says to you ...you will...LITERALLY....much to the monkey barrel fun time of the reader!!! So again, what EXACTLY does this all have to do with God, you ask? Oh yeah, sorry. Well, you see God cut and ran scared the moment that Genesis came into existence and has been in hiding ever sense, afraid Genesis will go all Armageddon on Him. This has left Heaven without proper management and in a bit of a quandary. I know, not exactly a PC story-line. However, as dark as this tale is, it is not a celebration of wrong. Jesse, in addition to being a complex, fascinating character, has a highly developed sense of right and wrong. Thus, despite all of the blasphemous content leaking through the narrative, it is hard not to feel like you are in good hands with Jesse riding point. By the way, Jesse is co-piloted on his quest by a hard-drinking, Irish Vampire named Cassidy and Jesse’s tough as nails girlfriend, Tulip O’Hare. Tulip’s character truly shows why Garth Ennis is such an incredible master of his craft. Tulip is not fluff, scenery or some kind of bimbo set piece which might have happened given how larger than life Jesse and Cassidy are. Oh hells no pilgrim. Tuilp is spectacularly well-drawn (no pun), three dimensional and as integral to the series as either of our male badassios. Ennis just doesn’t make many mistakes and he certainly has created an unbelievable cast of characters and a brilliantly unique storyline. Oh, oh, oh, oh...I have to mention one more thing even though it is only a minor plot point in this volume. BILL HICKS makes an appearance. For those who don’t know of Bill (what a shame) he died in 1994 (at age 33) and was one of my favorite comedians/social commentators. Since his death, he has become a face for politically incorrect social commentary and I just thought he was awesome. So when I am reading this and Ennis works a scene with BH, I went nuts. Sorry for the random thought, but I wanted to share that so I stuck it at the end. Anyway, in sum, the Preacher series is AS GOOD AS IT GETS. I am only waiting for an “omnibus” version to add it to my “all time favorite” list as I try not to have multiple volumes diluting the list. Until then, it gets 6.0 STARS and my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon are vile and disgusting men who should be banned from the comics industry! What did they do to so offend me, you ask? Was it the multiple depictions of incredibly graphic violence, including skull shattering gunshots and people getting their faces cut off? No, years of American television has desensitized me to that kind of stuff. Did the many drawings of naked people, orgies and various other disgusting sex acts that you can’t see outside of a third world donkey sho Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon are vile and disgusting men who should be banned from the comics industry! What did they do to so offend me, you ask? Was it the multiple depictions of incredibly graphic violence, including skull shattering gunshots and people getting their faces cut off? No, years of American television has desensitized me to that kind of stuff. Did the many drawings of naked people, orgies and various other disgusting sex acts that you can’t see outside of a third world donkey show make me angry? Meh. Was it the constant profanity in the dialogue? Please. I’m a big fan of cursing. I think it’s an underrated art form. What was it that made me turn like this on Ennis & Dillon? It was that damn snake. Not just any snake, but a big honking anaconda draped over our hero, Jesse Custer, as he was in a voodoo trance in a graveyard. What kind of sick bastards would come up with the idea to add a giant snake into their comic? I can handle the murder and mayhem and a disfigured guy whose face looks like an ass, but snakes? That’s just not right. Anyhow, Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy are picking up their quest to find God and kick his miserable ass for running out on humanity. The key to finding him and other info is locked in the Genesis entity that inhabits Jesse’s skull, and Cassidy has the bright idea to go see a voodoo priest he knows to see if they can do some kind of possession ritual to shake some tidbits loose. So they’re off to New Orleans, but Cassidy has old enemies in the area, including a gang of Anne Rice inspired vampire wannabe posers. They’ll also have another encounter with Arseface. It’s not all grim though as Herr Starr gets to try on some hats. But then they do that voodoo ritual and Jesse gets a big snake wrapped around him, and …. It’s too horrible. I can’t go on. Freakin’ snakes, man….

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Ahhh Assface, what a delightfully understated comic/tragic character. To say that I'm invested in all these wonderful and wacky characters is a bit of an understatement, too. They're all going to haunt my nightmares and will have pushed my boundaries for what is acceptable in polite company, too. Gotta love it. So yeah, we're moving out of the backstory stage and back onto the main quest, mainly, to hunt down god and make him answer for all his dastardly deeds, but first, let's get away from bein Ahhh Assface, what a delightfully understated comic/tragic character. To say that I'm invested in all these wonderful and wacky characters is a bit of an understatement, too. They're all going to haunt my nightmares and will have pushed my boundaries for what is acceptable in polite company, too. Gotta love it. So yeah, we're moving out of the backstory stage and back onto the main quest, mainly, to hunt down god and make him answer for all his dastardly deeds, but first, let's get away from being a man of god, screw psychoanalysis, and go find some shrooms and dance with indians... um... no? Okay, screw that too, let's get VOODOO on this here head-shrinkery. :) Oh, yeah, and Cassidy's past comes to bite him in the ass. You know. New Orleans. Bunch of wankers, there. :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    I've been putting off doing this review for like a week but here goes, probably just going to be a lot of pictures ngl. Anyway, it's nice to be back on track after the complete and utter pointlessness of volume 4. It's great to see more of Tulip and it's also great to see telling Jesse what's up It's also nice to see her have a night out with a friend, although once again it brings me back to the old 'exactly how self-aware IS Ennis' question that, if I could find a solid answer to, would allow me I've been putting off doing this review for like a week but here goes, probably just going to be a lot of pictures ngl. Anyway, it's nice to be back on track after the complete and utter pointlessness of volume 4. It's great to see more of Tulip and it's also great to see telling Jesse what's up It's also nice to see her have a night out with a friend, although once again it brings me back to the old 'exactly how self-aware IS Ennis' question that, if I could find a solid answer to, would allow me to just like or dislike his work instead of going back and forth all the time Having just finish Ennis' first run on Hellblazer, I had to include these panels because apparently he's got some kind of thing for making his main characters' girlfriends lose an eye??? Also this. You're not fooling anyone, Cassidy. Overall a really enjoyable volume, and I even enjoyed the special issue that was included in this volume [unlike the ENTIRE previous volume] Really the only bad thing about this volume is that it starts the horrible fucking love triangle that is easily the worst part of the entire series. #why Garth Ennis, introducing horrible vampire love triangles a full decade before Twilight!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jim C

    This is a collection that focuses on Cassidy. It contains a flashback of him living in New Orleans and finding another vampire. This flashback will tie in to the events that are happening in the present. Also, Cassidy makes a declaration that could affect the triumvirate of friends forever. There was a couple of reasons that this collection was not my favorite. I did like the beginning with the flashback of Cassidy. It was a nice way to show Cassidy is not like vampires we see all thru various wo This is a collection that focuses on Cassidy. It contains a flashback of him living in New Orleans and finding another vampire. This flashback will tie in to the events that are happening in the present. Also, Cassidy makes a declaration that could affect the triumvirate of friends forever. There was a couple of reasons that this collection was not my favorite. I did like the beginning with the flashback of Cassidy. It was a nice way to show Cassidy is not like vampires we see all thru various works and that he is his own vampire. He doesn't exactly adhere to the rules. After his flashback story and when we get to the present this collection did nothing for me. I have read that some reviews believe this to be filler. I view it as more set up and I believe that things are about to hit the fan. I believe this series works best when they are satirical and this collection went away with that as it concentrated on set up. I also did not like the artwork which was a change because I have enjoyed the artwork for this series. The problem was some characters looked too similar to other characters. I don't know if this was intentional but it did get confusing. Every story needs peaks and valleys in the action to keep the story going. This was a valley as there wasn't much to it. I am curious where they are taking a character even though I am not a fan of this development. Not the best collection but I am still enjoying this series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    توفيق عبد الرحيم

    the stars of this volume in my opinion are Tulip and Cassidy its 50/50 really i enjoyed it so much i also enjoyed The special issue about Cassidy and eccarious and les enfants du sang after the new truth that we learned about The saint of killers i wonder what will happen now he will switch teams thats for sure but we still didnt learn God's whereabouts i couldnt help but feel that this volume felt somehow slow for me ofc i am not in a the mood for reading rightnow but its still was too slow and the stars of this volume in my opinion are Tulip and Cassidy its 50/50 really i enjoyed it so much i also enjoyed The special issue about Cassidy and eccarious and les enfants du sang after the new truth that we learned about The saint of killers i wonder what will happen now he will switch teams thats for sure but we still didnt learn God's whereabouts i couldnt help but feel that this volume felt somehow slow for me ofc i am not in a the mood for reading rightnow but its still was too slow and not addictive at all but it was great and wellmade i hope the pace goes faster for next volume which i ll probably start in a week or so

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    I loved this series as a teenager, although I didn’t start reading it until it was close to the end of its run. My father often took me to the comic store as a kid, but I was until a certain age only allowed to browse through old issues of DC and Marvel titles, the ones originally priced, as indicated on their covers, at 35 or 40 cents, and kept in protective coverings in a separate part of the store from the new releases; my parents justified this to me at the time with the sophistry that new c I loved this series as a teenager, although I didn’t start reading it until it was close to the end of its run. My father often took me to the comic store as a kid, but I was until a certain age only allowed to browse through old issues of DC and Marvel titles, the ones originally priced, as indicated on their covers, at 35 or 40 cents, and kept in protective coverings in a separate part of the store from the new releases; my parents justified this to me at the time with the sophistry that new comics were ‘crazy’, and that the writers had ‘run out of ideas.’ I guess I must have been twelve or thirteen before I developed the chutzpah to take one of the individual issues of Preacher up to the counter. The story follows a Texas preacher, Jesse Custer, whose mind is invaded by an entity that is half angel and half demon (I hate when that happens, personally); the entity informs him that god has abandoned his responsibilities in heaven and now walks the earth. Jesse, his girlfriend Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy decide to search for god, to confront him and make him answer for the misery of the world he’s made. There is also a villain named Herr Starr, who- I can’t quite remember- is the leader or highest ranking member of some secretive cult of some sort, and I think he wants to use Jesse as his own messiah, a figurehead, for…well, it’s hard to remember now, but surely for some nefarious purpose or other. Preacher will soon apparently be adapted into a TV show, and most likely not a good one, but I’ll at least watch the first episode. I haven’t read it in years, and I think there are elements of the story that would now make me cringe, but I feel confident in the memory that Ennis is a great writer of dialogue, of confrontational moments, and that the series is frequently both dramatic and hilarious. Preacher is very cinematic, influenced by the morality and simple plot construction of Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and John Woo; it’s almost all dialogue and action, no thought bubbles or narrative boxes or notes to the reader like “see Amazing Spider-Man #335- ed.” The artwork helps with that too; it takes us to the deep rural south, early twentieth century New York, revolutionary Ireland, New Orleans, Monument Valley, and finally, San Antonio and the Alamo. Like Dickens and Tolstoy in centuries past, Ennis (and the majority of comic book writers, I guess) was writing this as he went along, which means that he couldn’t go back and fix or change something in a previously released issue, if he needed to. I have no idea how far ahead he and Dillon were, but I do remember that the monthly issue was never late (I also remember there were certain comics at the time that got a lot of hype but would routinely be months late; people eventually lost interest); nevertheless, some of the early issues of the series seem improvisational. This collection is where the series started to hit its stride, in my opinion. The next story, collected as War in the Sun, in which Herr Starr detonates a nuclear bomb in Monument Valley (I never claimed the story was plausible), is also great. But I think that this collection in particular, in which Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy go to New Orleans in search of a practitioner of voodoo who may be able to help Jesse locate god, is where Ennis started to realize what a complex and interesting character he had in Cassidy, Jesse’s alcoholic, jealous, pathetic, loyal friend. It also moves beyond the, well, comic-book violence of many of the earlier installments, and focuses instead on one specific act of violence, and all of its horrible ramifications. Ennis was always confident enough in his sense of story to digress freely about whatever he wanted. This is also the collection in which Jesse relates to Cassidy, while they walk around the French Quarter, having wandered into a bar where the late comedian Bill Hicks happened to be performing; and they just talk about Bill Hicks for about five pages. Years after I read this I lived and worked in New Orleans, post-Katrina; but most of the downtown area was undamaged, and I could still remember the images from this comic.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Resurgence of the Great Hunt For God, with a whole bag full of rich side quests along the way. My absolute favourite story, maybe in the whole series, is Cassidy in New Orleans meeting an Anne Rice vampire - and his goth hangers-on. Ennis conjures up the emo heartfelt tortured immortal as well as any of those deadly serious books ever did, and then kicks them straight in the balls exactly as it should be. I read a couple of those Anne Rice turds as a young man, but even then I wasn't able to stom Resurgence of the Great Hunt For God, with a whole bag full of rich side quests along the way. My absolute favourite story, maybe in the whole series, is Cassidy in New Orleans meeting an Anne Rice vampire - and his goth hangers-on. Ennis conjures up the emo heartfelt tortured immortal as well as any of those deadly serious books ever did, and then kicks them straight in the balls exactly as it should be. I read a couple of those Anne Rice turds as a young man, but even then I wasn't able to stomach any more, and I was never sure - until I first read Preacher - if that was some kind of moral failing of mine. Cassidy's disgust and dry sarcasm are the perfect balm for that scuff on my soul. His moral outrage is even better near the end. Makes a man proud to have Irish roots, I tell ya. Arseface and Herr Starr both after Custer. Then Les Enfants du Sang after Cass, and a little tribute to Bill Hicks of all people...quite a cast of people gunning for these terrible lost souls. You'd almost think they'd done something right to warrant this kind of hatred. And there's some uncomfortable stuff in here, stress between Tulip and Cassidy - the kind of shit if you were hearing it firsthand, and if you're anything like me, you'd be sitting there dumbfounded, no idea what to say to break the tension, no idea how to escape so you're not assaulted all day by the brutality of all the emotional turmoil. I don't begrudge it being in here - it's a pretty common occurrence in life, and makes for some rich, nuanced characters - but holy good god it's probably more tense than some of the "who's going to die next" subplots we endure in long-running books like this. I think I'd rather a poetic or pathetic end than this slow, agonizing drag through a field of broken glass.

  10. 5 out of 5

    The Flooze

    Dixie Fried feels a little bit like filler. It opens with an entertaining story of Cassidy finding another vampire in New Orleans--as well as a group of immortal-wannabes. This sets up the action for the present-day when Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy visit the city. The stop-over leads to a voodoo trance, flying bullets, uncomfortable revelations, a beheading, and a meeting with none other than Arseface. Since I'm not crazy about the route Ennis is taking with Cassidy, I was somewhat dissappointed in Dixie Fried feels a little bit like filler. It opens with an entertaining story of Cassidy finding another vampire in New Orleans--as well as a group of immortal-wannabes. This sets up the action for the present-day when Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy visit the city. The stop-over leads to a voodoo trance, flying bullets, uncomfortable revelations, a beheading, and a meeting with none other than Arseface. Since I'm not crazy about the route Ennis is taking with Cassidy, I was somewhat dissappointed in this installment. Still, it was nice to see a resolution for Arseface and to learn more about the entity sharing soul-space with the Preacher. Back to the normal gory mayhem in the next book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jedi JC Daquis

    Dixie Fried felt like a large yet necessary filler chapter om Preacher. It sets the playground for the next arc of the story, which is to find God by letting Genesis overtake Jesse Custer's consciousness. The whole Cass vs. Les Enfants subplot is more like a channel for some some violent and bloody action. I absolutely do not dig the love triangle subplot though. Tulip, Jesse and Cass are so awesome together that painting a malicious issue between them really hurts the way I see them. I hope this Dixie Fried felt like a large yet necessary filler chapter om Preacher. It sets the playground for the next arc of the story, which is to find God by letting Genesis overtake Jesse Custer's consciousness. The whole Cass vs. Les Enfants subplot is more like a channel for some some violent and bloody action. I absolutely do not dig the love triangle subplot though. Tulip, Jesse and Cass are so awesome together that painting a malicious issue between them really hurts the way I see them. I hope this goes to something relevant and good. Arseface was a bit of a chore to read. He is funny as ever yet he works best in small doses. Going full Arseface is not the way to go. Volume 5 may not be as good as the other Preacher volumes but it is blasphemously entertaining and funny to read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Not my favorite volume.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Devon Munn

    Pretty funny bit when Tulip called Jesse and Cassidy out when they were on a anti therapy rant

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    What to say...what to say... Well it keeps on moving right along, picking up after our interlude in Vol. 4 with the excellent Saint of Killers story. But first we have the best story of the Volume, with Cassidy: Blood and Whiskey. Cassidy is in New Orleans and runs into another vampire, only this one turns out to be a tosser, a wanker, a pompous twat. Worst part is, he's got a cult of gothic morons following him and worshipping. Cassidy ends up taking the guy out (in a fantastic crucifixion on the What to say...what to say... Well it keeps on moving right along, picking up after our interlude in Vol. 4 with the excellent Saint of Killers story. But first we have the best story of the Volume, with Cassidy: Blood and Whiskey. Cassidy is in New Orleans and runs into another vampire, only this one turns out to be a tosser, a wanker, a pompous twat. Worst part is, he's got a cult of gothic morons following him and worshipping. Cassidy ends up taking the guy out (in a fantastic crucifixion on the church roof with the sunlight) because of his preying on the stupid goth kids. This exists to show us that Cassidy is a good man when push comes to shove...that's crucial because most of the rest of the book is showing us what an absolute asshole he can also be, just by not thinking or not caring. Throw in Tulip kicking ass, Jesse getting into a Voodoo trance, and Arseface hitting the big time, and you've got the idea. I hope that's it for Arseface, as he's a waste of time now, no need for comic relief thanks. Also, not enough Saint of Killers... Still a very solid book, moving forward on the theme of friendship, and men with their friends, a very accurate description put forward by Ennis (for many men at least, of the 'shrinks are for sissies' ilk and what they consider to be important qualities in a friend. Funny in that Jesse sees Cassidy having all the qualities, whereas Tulip sees his other side, and we the reader get to see and decide for ourselves, but it's a very well written dichotomy between who Cassidy can be, and who he is, by virtue of laziness or just exhaustion from being 75+yrs old.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    Believe it or not, this was the most bizarre Preacher yet. The storytelling was exceptional, as usual, but the comedic elements were turned up to eleven! In the beginning, Cassidy meets up with another vampire, something he thought would never happen. The douchebaggery oozing out of the fellow bloodsucker was off the charts. Cassidy has a hard time even believing that someone could act this way but understands where he's coming from when the only basis for vampire activity comes from the movies. T Believe it or not, this was the most bizarre Preacher yet. The storytelling was exceptional, as usual, but the comedic elements were turned up to eleven! In the beginning, Cassidy meets up with another vampire, something he thought would never happen. The douchebaggery oozing out of the fellow bloodsucker was off the charts. Cassidy has a hard time even believing that someone could act this way but understands where he's coming from when the only basis for vampire activity comes from the movies. The story continues much along the same bath that Ennis has already worn down. Jessie is still on the search for God and is continuously trying to look within himself to find answers behind his possession by Genesis. He even goes so far to enlist the help of a practicing voodoo.. artist? What's the word you use there? You get the idea. A pretty major revelation come to life in this volume that occurs between Cassidy and Tulip that will threaten the bond the 3 main characters share moving forward. I initially wasn't super fond of it because I wasn't quite sure of it's point. However, I still have a sizable journey to the end so I'm holding off judgement for now. 5 books in and this series is showing no signs of slowing down. They've already accomplished so much in the first 5 that I can't help but hope they haven't peaked early or will start showing signs of slowing down. On to book 6!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Zedsdead

    Dixie Fried begins with possibly the best single issue of the series. Cassidy meets another vampire for the first time. He's a mopey, pretentious Anne Rice vamp right down to the New Orleans setting. Cass quickly ascertains that the new guy is a right proper wanker and attempts to straighten the git out. The best single issue is followed by the single biggest mistake of the series when Cass declares his love to Tulip. Three times. As Tulip points out, it reeks of Melrose Place. Vol 5 is a damned Dixie Fried begins with possibly the best single issue of the series. Cassidy meets another vampire for the first time. He's a mopey, pretentious Anne Rice vamp right down to the New Orleans setting. Cass quickly ascertains that the new guy is a right proper wanker and attempts to straighten the git out. The best single issue is followed by the single biggest mistake of the series when Cass declares his love to Tulip. Three times. As Tulip points out, it reeks of Melrose Place. Vol 5 is a damned sweet trade, but Preacher would have been better off without this particular twist. Plot points: (view spoiler)[Cass disposes of Eccarius, the poser vamp. Herr Starr gets a new hat. Cass stabs Jesse in the back because Preacher is suddenly a soap opera. Arseface gets the drop on our heros and becomes a rock star. Jesse hires a voodoo priest to unlock Genesis' secrets. The remains of Eccarius' wanker cult, Les Enfants du Sang, decapitate Cass and try to kill everyone else. It ends with katana fellatio, because Garth Ennis. (hide spoiler)]

  17. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    If you hadn't worked it out by now, these pages of graphic violence, ultra filthy language, decadence, many over-the-top and-then-some characters, a heavenly power Genesis, angels, demons, God and more might not actually be what Preacher is about! This volume gets down to focusing hard on the i inter-dynamics of the three protagonist as they seek to get answers about Genesis in New Orleans. A thought provoking and intriguing book on so many levels, ranging from the nature of truth and whether pe If you hadn't worked it out by now, these pages of graphic violence, ultra filthy language, decadence, many over-the-top and-then-some characters, a heavenly power Genesis, angels, demons, God and more might not actually be what Preacher is about! This volume gets down to focusing hard on the i inter-dynamics of the three protagonist as they seek to get answers about Genesis in New Orleans. A thought provoking and intriguing book on so many levels, ranging from the nature of truth and whether people want it; to the battle of the sexes from the viewpoint of a Southern boy. But, don't worry there's tons of dark humour, gore and violence still. 9 out of 12. Outstanding. Just. Outstanding.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Holly (The GrimDragon)

    This is my least favorite so far in the series. It was mostly filler. Although, Arseface does get somewhat of a resolution. Tulip also expands more as a character. I liked her even more in this volume! My biggest complaint is that all of the females are different variations of each other in how they are drawn, essentially. I really noticed it in this volume, with a handful of female characters looking far too much alike. I kept having to double check to see what character it was supposed to be. Re This is my least favorite so far in the series. It was mostly filler. Although, Arseface does get somewhat of a resolution. Tulip also expands more as a character. I liked her even more in this volume! My biggest complaint is that all of the females are different variations of each other in how they are drawn, essentially. I really noticed it in this volume, with a handful of female characters looking far too much alike. I kept having to double check to see what character it was supposed to be. Really looking forward to volume 6 with the return of Herr Starr & The Grail!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Garrison Kelly

    Reverend Jesse Custer, Tulip, and Cassidy venture down to New Orleans to seek help from a voodoo priest. Jesse wants to access the supernatural power within him in an attempt to find God and make him pay for turning the world into a bloody mess. It just so happened to slip Cassidy’s mind that a den of vampires want revenge on him for what the Irishman did to their master several years ago. Graphic violence is the name of the game for these characters and anybody would be lucky to make it out of Reverend Jesse Custer, Tulip, and Cassidy venture down to New Orleans to seek help from a voodoo priest. Jesse wants to access the supernatural power within him in an attempt to find God and make him pay for turning the world into a bloody mess. It just so happened to slip Cassidy’s mind that a den of vampires want revenge on him for what the Irishman did to their master several years ago. Graphic violence is the name of the game for these characters and anybody would be lucky to make it out of this story alive, let alone without any gushing injuries. As someone who never hits on women, I enjoyed the subplot where Cassidy drunkenly confesses his love for Tulip despite the fact that she’s loyal to Jesse instead. Alcohol or not, it paints Cassidy as a shady pervert who could be easily ousted to Jesse for what he did. The idea that this is even a secret is enough to make me want to read more. You know sooner or later the secret might come out. When it does, a whole powder keg of emotions will destroy the otherwise solid friendship between Cassidy and Jesse. Does the secret actually come out in this volume or will it be saved for a later issue? Maybe. Maybe not. I guess you’ll never know, because I don’t give spoilers beyond the basic synopsis. Another thing I like about this issue of Preacher is the wisecracking dialogue peppered throughout. Yes, it’s raunchy and vulgar, but the author can write the dialogue without coming off as a teenager trying to be edgy. I would advise my writer friends not to try and duplicate what Garth Ennis has written. Coming from his pen, the dialogue is gritty and rough. Coming from anybody less experienced, it sounds sloppy and awkward. I don’t want to give away any of the dialogue in this review lest I break the PG barrier. Yep. It’s that dirty…and I love it! And of course, where would the Preacher series be without the delicious violence to go with all of this nasty dialogue? Decapitations, mutilations, gunshot wounds, sex-themed attacks, and vampires burning in the sunlight: what lovely guilty pleasures! But the violence isn’t superficial at all. There’s a deeper plot beneath it all and none of that gets lost in the shuffle. We’re talking about a minister on a revenge mission against God himself. Of course there’s going to be some wild and wacky violence. Of course there’s going to be some three-dimensional storytelling. If all you wanted was violence alone, you could just watch a UFC pay-per-view. Word of advice, Dana White: don’t allow Jesse Custer on any one of your cards. While we’re at it, let’s keep Cassidy and Tulip away from the cage as well. The fifth volume of Preacher is a satisfying read that makes me want to finish the series. I must know what happens with Cassidy’s secret. I must enjoy more crass language and violence. I must see what happens when Jesse finally confronts God for a battle of epic proportions. A passing grade will go to this exciting graphic novel!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Francisca

    *3.5* a significant improvement of the more lackluster fourth volume. there wouldn't be much of a point for me to summarise considering this is the fifth installment. have my out-of-context thoughts instead: - it took me a while to realise his head looked like a penis - the new orleans goths are really that into anne rice's books - a sentence i never thought i would say: i will protect arseface with my life - i don't think the illustrator knows women have more than one possible face - he went to the t *3.5* a significant improvement of the more lackluster fourth volume. there wouldn't be much of a point for me to summarise considering this is the fifth installment. have my out-of-context thoughts instead: - it took me a while to realise his head looked like a penis - the new orleans goths are really that into anne rice's books - a sentence i never thought i would say: i will protect arseface with my life - i don't think the illustrator knows women have more than one possible face - he went to the trouble of drawing someone with an asshole for a face and can't be bothered with making another type of female face - he just changes the hair colour, not even the hairstyle - honestly, his head looks like a penis - arsehole = cinnamon role, too precious for this world

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Lee

    I love the rest of the series so far, but this one felt unnecessary to me. There was a lot of relationship drama/friendship drama in this one, which I did not enjoy. I felt not much new was learned and wanted to just get on with the plot. There was no introduction to this one, which I found odd. A lot of the female characters also looked so similar, I was having a hard time deciding if it was a new character be being introduced or if someone was just trying to disguise themselves. I feel the nex I love the rest of the series so far, but this one felt unnecessary to me. There was a lot of relationship drama/friendship drama in this one, which I did not enjoy. I felt not much new was learned and wanted to just get on with the plot. There was no introduction to this one, which I found odd. A lot of the female characters also looked so similar, I was having a hard time deciding if it was a new character be being introduced or if someone was just trying to disguise themselves. I feel the next one will pick up again.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    Another strong volume. This one has Jesse trying to use voodoo in order to harness the power of Genesis. We also see Las Enfants Du Sang (I think that's it) which is the group of vampire wannabes after Cassidy. There's also drama between Tulip and Cassidy, and it looks like Arseface is heading for a musical career. (I read this entire series years ago but it's been awhile so it's almost like reading it all fresh.) The art is always pretty much perfect for the series, so that goes without saying. T Another strong volume. This one has Jesse trying to use voodoo in order to harness the power of Genesis. We also see Las Enfants Du Sang (I think that's it) which is the group of vampire wannabes after Cassidy. There's also drama between Tulip and Cassidy, and it looks like Arseface is heading for a musical career. (I read this entire series years ago but it's been awhile so it's almost like reading it all fresh.) The art is always pretty much perfect for the series, so that goes without saying. This is just a great comic series, especially when it's not so over the top to be silly.

  23. 4 out of 5

    William

    They fried Dixie

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carrie-Anne

    I really enjoyed this volume, it opens with an issue all about Cassidy which I loved - we need alll the Cassidy! The main arc wasn't a massive leap forward in the story, but I thoroughly enjoyed not getting anywhere XD I really enjoyed this volume, it opens with an issue all about Cassidy which I loved - we need alll the Cassidy! The main arc wasn't a massive leap forward in the story, but I thoroughly enjoyed not getting anywhere XD

  25. 4 out of 5

    Britton

    Religion tends to be an easy touch point for satirists, so much so that it becomes dull rather quickly. We get it, religion has some rather silly concepts behind it, so much so that it almost makes fun of itself. With that in mind, I avoided Preacher for a while, fearing it would be another 'fuck religion' polemic disguised as a story (a la His Dark Materials), and while there are the 'fuck religion' moments layered in Preacher from time to time, Ennis never gets too lost in his message and allo Religion tends to be an easy touch point for satirists, so much so that it becomes dull rather quickly. We get it, religion has some rather silly concepts behind it, so much so that it almost makes fun of itself. With that in mind, I avoided Preacher for a while, fearing it would be another 'fuck religion' polemic disguised as a story (a la His Dark Materials), and while there are the 'fuck religion' moments layered in Preacher from time to time, Ennis never gets too lost in his message and allows his focus to be clear. Religious satire died with Preacher for me, as few others could ever get quite get as madcap, as strange, nor as deviously imaginative as Ennis' opus on religion was, and still very much is. I sometimes like to jokingly describe Preacher to friends as if Hunter S. Thompson decided to try his hand at writing a comic (without being Transmetropolitan), yet that comparison to too faint for this series. Ennis certainly shares Thompson's love for the demented and the depraved, but the vision that he dishes out for Preacher is purely his own. Ennis' satire is cutting, yet toned down in comparison to some of his other series' (I'm lookin' at you, The Boys), certainly his crass humor can become bothersome at times, but the characterization and the drama of the series are excellent. Many of the characters that are introduced throughout Preacher screams iconoclasm, with so many of them being unforgettable from Jesse to Ruth to Cassidy to The Saint of Killers and Preacher's version of God (who's not a very nice God to put it plainly), Ennis' talent for crafting interesting and well developed characters can sometimes be underrated, with most people focusing on his crass humor and dark intensity that would become landmarks of the series. But many forget the oddly heartfelt story that is told throughout the series I often point people to this series when people ask me what I find to be a golden standard for long form storytelling, there is never a moment in Preacher that feels like a misstep or a bit that's boring, it's a rare series where everything comes together so beautifully that I'll dare not ruin it for anyone. Despite the plot being very straightforward, much of the intrigue comes from the characters and their personalities, which are based on their history and psychologies, much like how real people form their personalities based on their life experiences. Ennis' keen awareness for characterization and conflicts arising from characters' motivations and desires is the crux of what makes Preacher compelling. Ennis does take his pot shots at religion, yet never tells you what to think and never condescends to the audience, as he can sometimes do. He allows himself to be utterly selfless with his pen and give us a good story, which is all what he could hope for nowadays. Steve Dillon's art is whole other thing entirely, and while I'm not always fond of his style (his characters often look similar), I find that the way that he and Ennis worked together was almost magical, something Ennis would lament. Ennis and Dillion's creative partnership is one of the great partnerships in comics, with few others being comparable: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino. Dillon almost pitch perfectly captures the depravity, as well as the heart that lies within Preacher's story. Their influences are clear, from Hellblazer (which was the book that they cut their teeth on State side with Vertigo), to Leone's spaghetti westerns to The Bible, but they bring their influences together in order to make something truly unique and original. Preacher is truly a once in a life time series, and while Ennis may focus too much on the sales numbers, I find that Preacher is his magnum opus in terms of artistic merit. Is it high art? No, I don't think so, yet I often look back to a particular satirical fantasist when I'm asked such questions: "Susan hated literature, she'd much prefer to read a good book."

  26. 5 out of 5

    ***Dave Hill

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. (Somehow I skipped reviewing this in 2011, the last time I read it) This is Cassidy's volume, highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly of his life. The good part comes with an earlier tale wherein he finds another vampire, and we see demonstrated that he has his own code of behavior, however slippery it might me. That sets up the next bit, wherein Cassidy's essential adolescent nature comes to the fore in his propositioning Tulip, betraying both her and Jesse. Finally, we go to New Orleans, whe (Somehow I skipped reviewing this in 2011, the last time I read it) This is Cassidy's volume, highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly of his life. The good part comes with an earlier tale wherein he finds another vampire, and we see demonstrated that he has his own code of behavior, however slippery it might me. That sets up the next bit, wherein Cassidy's essential adolescent nature comes to the fore in his propositioning Tulip, betraying both her and Jesse. Finally, we go to New Orleans, where we start getting a hint of the trail of negligent destruction that Cassidy leaves in his wake. Oh, Jesse and Tulip have their moments in here -- Jesse's search is incrementally moved forward through the help of some voodoo, and Tulip demonstrates she is more than capable of kicking ass and taking names. But it's really Cassidy's tale, where he moves from being a sidekick to a true protagonist with his own story arc. ------ NOV 2019 Notes on how this translated to TV: For the most part, it didn't. To a large degree, the TV series ignored or wrote off Cassidy's irresponsible, if not reprehensible, background. Indeed, the Season 2 grounding of the series in New Orleans instead made him out into a more tragic character, dealing with his vampiric child. We do get an appearance in Season 3 by the Eccarius and Les Enfants du Sang, but it becomes far less of a commentary on wanker goth wannabes and more of a mini-horror story for Cassidy to overcome. I tend to like the original a bit better, to be honest.

  27. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    Starr's new and improved d**k-head is the source of a few fun moments in this arc. Very much like Arseface's effect of the characters. This arc features old enemies and new ones. The Saint of Killers and Arseface are both back in the game. They both want revenge on Jesse. Starr is the new allfather for the Grail. He still wants Jesse's hide. Jesse and Tulip reunite, which gives Tulip the chance to get back at Jesse for being left behind. Jesse is prepared to try anything to discover more about Ge Starr's new and improved d**k-head is the source of a few fun moments in this arc. Very much like Arseface's effect of the characters. This arc features old enemies and new ones. The Saint of Killers and Arseface are both back in the game. They both want revenge on Jesse. Starr is the new allfather for the Grail. He still wants Jesse's hide. Jesse and Tulip reunite, which gives Tulip the chance to get back at Jesse for being left behind. Jesse is prepared to try anything to discover more about Genesis. A trip to New Orleans and a voodoo trance are in order. (view spoiler)[Cassidy makes an ass out of himself when he declares his love for Tulip. This causes a rift between him and Tulip who is afraid to tell Jesse about it for fear of ruining their friendship. You just know it's going to come out eventually. Jesse convinces Arseface to change his mind and even gives the guy a lift and gets him laid. They part ways when Arseface joins a band. In New Orleans Tulip gets attacked by Les enfants du sang, a group that has a connection to Cassidy. They want to be bitten and become immortal. While Jesse is in a voodoo trance, they arm themselves and make their move on Cassidy. Tulip holds her own until they threaten to kill Jesse. She wakes him up just in time to kick all of ther asses. The trio are back on the road, heading west. They leave behind new enemies and carry a secret discord between them too. (hide spoiler)]

  28. 4 out of 5

    MJ

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Random thoughts about this volume: - C'mon y'all, let's go to New Orleans, muck around with some voodoo shit to unlock Genesis's memories & maybe we'll battle some vampy little wankers! - Cassidy is turning into a little lovelorn dickhead (there's something off about him...), Tulip is becoming more and more badass, and Jesse is just Jesse/Genesis. - While reading this series, a quote that often comes to mind is "You might be through with the past, but the past ain't through with you." - my favouri Random thoughts about this volume: - C'mon y'all, let's go to New Orleans, muck around with some voodoo shit to unlock Genesis's memories & maybe we'll battle some vampy little wankers! - Cassidy is turning into a little lovelorn dickhead (there's something off about him...), Tulip is becoming more and more badass, and Jesse is just Jesse/Genesis. - While reading this series, a quote that often comes to mind is "You might be through with the past, but the past ain't through with you." - my favourite bit in this volume is when the gunfight is going down at the cemetery, and Tulip shoots the tape deck to break Jesse's voodoo spell. Jesse sits up and asks, "WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?!" while simultaneously lighting a cigarette. I nearly died laughing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Imogen

    One more star than the previous bunch because this seems to be where the whole thing goes completely off the rails- but not five stars because, while the payoff is nice, Garth Ennis's boner for military army guys is in full effect in this one, and I don't really have that boner. ... Oh wait, the desert thing is the next one. Whatever. One more star than the previous bunch because this seems to be where the whole thing goes completely off the rails- but not five stars because, while the payoff is nice, Garth Ennis's boner for military army guys is in full effect in this one, and I don't really have that boner. ... Oh wait, the desert thing is the next one. Whatever.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    I didn't love the place they took Cassidy's character in this volume -- I mean, was any sort of love triangle necessary in this series? Aside from that, this volume was still awesome, as usual. I didn't love the place they took Cassidy's character in this volume -- I mean, was any sort of love triangle necessary in this series? Aside from that, this volume was still awesome, as usual.

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