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The Reverend Jesse Custer faces his deadliest challenge yet in this, the sixth Preacher collection. Jesse, along with his gun-toting girlfriend, Tulip, and the hard-drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, faces a deadly showdown in the desert with the ruthless Starr and the forces of the U.S. military -- including a nuclear warhead.


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The Reverend Jesse Custer faces his deadliest challenge yet in this, the sixth Preacher collection. Jesse, along with his gun-toting girlfriend, Tulip, and the hard-drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, faces a deadly showdown in the desert with the ruthless Starr and the forces of the U.S. military -- including a nuclear warhead.

30 review for Preacher, Volume 6: War in the Sun

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mark Lawrence

    I really loved book 1 in the Preacher series and found that ever since then my enjoyment of each successive graphic novel has been declining, to the point where I stopped thinking of them as a good investment of £13.99. Graphic novels are expensive things - £13.99 is a lot for something I can read in a day. A book typically occupies my reading time for a month. Still, I was in Forbidden Planet and it had been a long time since I bought volume 5 ... and I caved. #6 is actually the first step up in I really loved book 1 in the Preacher series and found that ever since then my enjoyment of each successive graphic novel has been declining, to the point where I stopped thinking of them as a good investment of £13.99. Graphic novels are expensive things - £13.99 is a lot for something I can read in a day. A book typically occupies my reading time for a month. Still, I was in Forbidden Planet and it had been a long time since I bought volume 5 ... and I caved. #6 is actually the first step up in the series, for me at least. It was better than the few that preceded it, though not as good as the first couple. Perhaps I'm just becoming used to the rather silly vibe that the introduction of Herr Starr and the Grail organisation ushered in. Anyway ... this was more of the same really, more Herr Starr sexual 'deviance', more Saint of Killers excesses (he goes mano a tanko), more Jesse-Tulip-(Irish vampire whose name escapes me ... looked it up: Cassidy) love triangling, more Arse-Face. I enjoyed it. Two of the main characters lose body parts which I guess could be a sign that we're on the home straight now ... it's all fun and games til somebody loses an eye. I think I will hang in there and see how it all ends. Will they find God? What will he have to say for himself? I feel I got £14.50's worth of entertainment from my £13.99. If you have a moment, give the TV serial a go. It's great fun. Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter #prizes ...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    In this latest brilliantly blasphemous installment of Preacher, you’ll find another hefty dose of Garth Ennis gold as he deftly advances the God vs Jesse vs Saint of Killers vs The Grail main story arc and also manages to hit a home run with a much anticipated backstory that is entertaining as hell. Yes, there is much for fans of the series to fawn over starting with One Man’s War. This terrific piece recounts, at long last, the origin of Herr Starr, the Grail’s current “All Father” and relen In this latest brilliantly blasphemous installment of Preacher, you’ll find another hefty dose of Garth Ennis gold as he deftly advances the God vs Jesse vs Saint of Killers vs The Grail main story arc and also manages to hit a home run with a much anticipated backstory that is entertaining as hell. Yes, there is much for fans of the series to fawn over starting with One Man’s War. This terrific piece recounts, at long last, the origin of Herr Starr, the Grail’s current “All Father” and relentless tracker of Jesse Cutler. Couched as a nesting doll to the main narrative, this story-within-a-story traces Starr’s past back to 1972 where he was a young, talented recruit for the GSG 9 der Bundespolizei, the elite German counter-terrorist unit formed in the aftermath of the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics. After a successful, but disastrous, rescue operation in which a young girl is killed (picture hidden behind spoilers as it is a bit graphic) (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] Starr is recruited into the Grail (the ancient, powerful organization safeguarding the blood-line of Jesus Christ in preparation for the second coming. Eventually, Starr rises to the rank of Holy Executioner where he reports only to the massively obese “soon to be ex” All-Father. This segment is an easy 5 stars and has wonderfully profane and demented Ennis-speak running through the story. Bizarre sexual hang-ups, a less-than-all there descendant of Jesus, angels being tortured for information and a vast world-wide conspiracy whose web lines are controlled by the Grail. Other precious metals to be mined from this volume include an all out attack by a Grail controlled army against the immortal Saint of Killers: ...that climaxes in one of the best Clint Eastwood moments of the entire series. Plus, fans of deviant, inbred cannibal brothers living in deserted mine shafts next to a 1950’s nuclear testing ranges...you’re covered. This is Ennis after all. GRIPES: Rarely have I had much to complain about during the first 1000 pages of the Preacher series, but this volume did include some plot threads that I wish Ennis would have either tied off or actually snipped. For starters, the whole Jesse/Tulip/Cassidy “alcoholic vampire madly in love with best friend’s girlfriend” is starting to wear on me a bit. It hasn’t reached crisis level yet, but I would like to see some serious progress on this front. Fortunately, given how this one end, I believe my silent pleas were answered. Far worse for me was the whole Arseface as singer/celebrity portion. This...utterly...sucked. It probably wasted 10 to 15% of the overall page count and I found nothing that I liked about it. Despite the obvious dark comedy satire potential of showing that America will latch onto any freak show for 15 minutes, Garth does nothing interesting with it. It just felt like a tack on and completed flunked the fun test. Finally, I was less than impressed with the art on this one. However, this is not as big a distraction in a Garth Ennis work because I don’t read his stuff for the art. Still, it could have been much better. Overall, the twisted soap opera and the singing arsehole were enough of a distraction to my enjoyment that I must penalize it a star. However, the majority of this volume is terrific and should not be missed by fans of the series. Oh, and if you aren’t a fan of the series because you have never tried it, you really should. 4.0 stars. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    Awww, some really awesome scenes in this one. Now I know how Jesse lost an eye, and I really didn't see that coming. I mean, sure, a nuclear blast is dangerous... but to have one put out his eye??? Shameful. They should put a warning on such things. Seriously. Someone could sue. Great action, great weirdness, and a little landscape remodeling. Or two landscape remodelings, I ought to say. A comic about landscape remodeling. Sure. That's what this is. With tanks blowing up. That works. :) Seriously, Awww, some really awesome scenes in this one. Now I know how Jesse lost an eye, and I really didn't see that coming. I mean, sure, a nuclear blast is dangerous... but to have one put out his eye??? Shameful. They should put a warning on such things. Seriously. Someone could sue. Great action, great weirdness, and a little landscape remodeling. Or two landscape remodelings, I ought to say. A comic about landscape remodeling. Sure. That's what this is. With tanks blowing up. That works. :) Seriously, though, the in-between scenes of Fox News correspondents was soooo right. It sounded just like them. "But what about all the indians that were living there?" "They ought to be used to it by now." "What?" Yikes. Some really scary stuff going on here, and it's not just what's on the menu, either.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    Once you get this far along in the series, it's fairly easy to predict that when a character named Mr. Dicks is introduced, (view spoiler)[he's only going to last a couple of pages. (hide spoiler)] Bwa-ha-ha-ha! Once you get this far along in the series, it's fairly easy to predict that when a character named Mr. Dicks is introduced, (view spoiler)[he's only going to last a couple of pages. (hide spoiler)] Bwa-ha-ha-ha!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    Another storming volume - the worse being a privileged character's ongoing rant about political correctness (yawn), - the best being ...everything else! This time we're in New Orleans and then the desert! All Jesse wants is to be able to learn more about Genesis and this sees the deathly dark comedy go into overload with the hugely ineptness of their antagonists followed by the catastrophic, yet hilarious desert showdown and its aftermath! Some classic Preacher storytelling goes from the extreme Another storming volume - the worse being a privileged character's ongoing rant about political correctness (yawn), - the best being ...everything else! This time we're in New Orleans and then the desert! All Jesse wants is to be able to learn more about Genesis and this sees the deathly dark comedy go into overload with the hugely ineptness of their antagonists followed by the catastrophic, yet hilarious desert showdown and its aftermath! Some classic Preacher storytelling goes from the extreme to the extremist! 9 out of 12. Let's face it, if you've got this far, you love this and aren't going anywhere. :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jesse A

    A great addition to one of the greatest comic series of all time!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kandice

    All the stars! This was an amazing tale, beginning to end. This is a comic and I know some people don't think of comics as serious, but this is. An overview would be that this is about one man's searching for, not only God, but why God allows what he allows. Preacher Jesse Custer, because of very strange circumstances spends this series not only searching for God, but hoping to call God to task for what he feels is wrong with people and the world they live in. The series explores so many relevant All the stars! This was an amazing tale, beginning to end. This is a comic and I know some people don't think of comics as serious, but this is. An overview would be that this is about one man's searching for, not only God, but why God allows what he allows. Preacher Jesse Custer, because of very strange circumstances spends this series not only searching for God, but hoping to call God to task for what he feels is wrong with people and the world they live in. The series explores so many relevant issues. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does God allow pain and the innocent to suffer? Why are children at risk when they are the most innocent of all? Why is there so much evil in the world when the God most of us have been raised to believe in should be able to stop it? Along the way, Jesse also shows us about love, true, deep love. How do two people who should never cross paths not only meet, but fall in love and find each other again and again when it seems the world is conspiring against them? And friendship. Sometimes friends are jerks, but even jerks can do the right thing when it's really needed. Jesse even teaches us about family. How the family we are given sometimes sucks and often our real families are the families we gather and make for ourselves, having nothing to do with genes and bloodlines. But also how true familial love finds a way. Through hardships and strife, real love will nourish and protect us. Keep us going. Is all of this also the work of the same God? Ennis uses profanity and sex, blood and violence to take us on this trip, but life is that way. Birth is bloody and can only occur after mating. Love and friendship is sometimes sweeter after a fight. A victory is only as appreciated as the work that went into it. Preacher is about life.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    If Preacher was a TV series, then the preview for the events here would have dramatic music and the voiceover would ominously say something like, “This is where everything changes.” The voodoo encounter with the giant snake in New Orleans *shudder* gave Jesse some info from the Genesis entity that bonded to him, but he needs more if he’s going to track down God. The trio heads to Monument Valley in Utah so Jesse can score some peyote to go on a desert vision quest to see if he can get more clues If Preacher was a TV series, then the preview for the events here would have dramatic music and the voiceover would ominously say something like, “This is where everything changes.” The voodoo encounter with the giant snake in New Orleans *shudder* gave Jesse some info from the Genesis entity that bonded to him, but he needs more if he’s going to track down God. The trio heads to Monument Valley in Utah so Jesse can score some peyote to go on a desert vision quest to see if he can get more clues as to the Good Lord‘s whereabouts. Unfortunately, Herr Starr has figured out where Jesse is going and has used the Grail’s political influence to have the U.S. Army waiting for him, and the Saint of Killers is on the way to get Jesse to fulfill the bargain they struck in Proud Americans. Jesse is also unaware of tensions between Tulip and Cassidy that are threatening to boil over. When they all meet in John Wayne country, the ensuing battle escalates into full-scale modern war, and no one gets away unscarred. This is the pivotal story that drives Preacher towards its ultimate conclusion, and as you’d expect, Ennis amps up the action and delivers the most disturbing plot twist yet. This volume also includes the origin story of Herr Starr, and even though the revelations make it clear that he’s always been a world-class asshole, you also understand why he turned out that way and what’s driving him to lead the Grail to global domination via religion. Surprisingly, he’s not out for power for himself, he’s trying to bring order to chaos. Starr could relate to Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible when he said, “The world’s a mess, and I just need to rule it.”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    If you were heating up a pot of water, War in The Sun would exist in that time frame seconds before the water boils over and soaks the stove. Much like that water, tensions are beginning to rise. Cassidy and Tulip are teetering on the edge of mutually assured destruction, the Saint of Killers makes an appearance and Herr Starr is ready to unleash the big guns in his quest for power. One of the characters we were still left in the dark about had been Herr Starr. Granted, we known bits and pieces of If you were heating up a pot of water, War in The Sun would exist in that time frame seconds before the water boils over and soaks the stove. Much like that water, tensions are beginning to rise. Cassidy and Tulip are teetering on the edge of mutually assured destruction, the Saint of Killers makes an appearance and Herr Starr is ready to unleash the big guns in his quest for power. One of the characters we were still left in the dark about had been Herr Starr. Granted, we known bits and pieces of his back story but not the meaty parts. Starr's meteoric rise to power is showcased in an extensive flash back, giving the reader a chance to see how this man turned out so ruthless. To say that a lot happens here would be an understatement. While Ennis throws quite a bit at the reader, the story still moves along at a brisk pace. If anything, this installment has me wanting to move on to the next volume more than any previous entry. I wonder if Arseface's rise to fame and fortune as the front man of a grunge style band is some sort of commentary on Ennis' part regarding the state of rock in the 90s. A lot of those bands could easily be written off as just melodic noise with unintelligible lyrics and confusing popularity. ..Or maybe Ennis just thought it would be funny?

  10. 4 out of 5

    توفيق عبد الرحيم

    Another Great Volume Jesse lost one eye he found out that Cassidy and Tulip are an item now after they thought he was dead he doesn't know that tulip is devastated he doesn't know anything really lets see what happens next volume Starr on the other hand lost one leg lets see if they make us watch next issue leg replacement show as they did the hat show interesting The Saint of killers found out that god was reason for his family dying and for him ending up being cursed what will he do we don't k Another Great Volume Jesse lost one eye he found out that Cassidy and Tulip are an item now after they thought he was dead he doesn't know that tulip is devastated he doesn't know anything really lets see what happens next volume Starr on the other hand lost one leg lets see if they make us watch next issue leg replacement show as they did the hat show interesting The Saint of killers found out that god was reason for his family dying and for him ending up being cursed what will he do we don't know it seems like he is just going to leave and not listen to anyone again we wait and see I am Glad that Cassidy affection for Tulip ended up this way but still am not sure if things will not escalate now

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jedi JC Daquis

    Filled with blasphemy of all sorts and a handful of action and violence, War in the Sun delivers yet a satisfying chapter in Preacher. It felt like one explosive season finale. This book proves that the Saint of Killers is literally a one man army, with possibly only Jesse Custer as the one who could beat him and Herr Starr as a literal prick/dickhead and Arseface as a rock star. Starr's origin story was told as well and it was dark and very twisted! What I still don't buy is the love triangle bet Filled with blasphemy of all sorts and a handful of action and violence, War in the Sun delivers yet a satisfying chapter in Preacher. It felt like one explosive season finale. This book proves that the Saint of Killers is literally a one man army, with possibly only Jesse Custer as the one who could beat him and Herr Starr as a literal prick/dickhead and Arseface as a rock star. Starr's origin story was told as well and it was dark and very twisted! What I still don't buy is the love triangle between Cass, Tulip and Jesse. I hope this is resolved asap.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Devann

    The first part is actually really good with Starr and the Saint of Killers and the awesome showdown in the desert ...then the second half gets into the worst plot line in the entire series. (view spoiler)[I mean first of all I just ...literally don't care about the Jesse/Tulip romance AT ALL. I don't like Jesse. I think she's too good for him. I hate that she falls apart completely when he 'dies'. AND THEN you throw in the whole Cassidy thing on TOP of that and I'm just sitting here like uuuuuuu The first part is actually really good with Starr and the Saint of Killers and the awesome showdown in the desert ...then the second half gets into the worst plot line in the entire series. (view spoiler)[I mean first of all I just ...literally don't care about the Jesse/Tulip romance AT ALL. I don't like Jesse. I think she's too good for him. I hate that she falls apart completely when he 'dies'. AND THEN you throw in the whole Cassidy thing on TOP of that and I'm just sitting here like uuuuuuugh. (hide spoiler)] Remember when this series was supposed to be about killing God? Once again Ennis has a great idea that falls apart periodically because of his own bullshit. Also like ...pick a side re: human rights stuff because you can't have some douchebag who is clearly a far-right nutjob presented as being an asshole in one issue but then have your main characters spouting half the same shit an issue later but somehow it's okay this time? Or is it not okay and you're trying to make your main characters also be dicks? Because that's a valid writing choice but I JUST CAN'T TELL, ENNIS! I CAN'T TELL!! And it's quite frankly exhausting trying to figure out if me and people like me are the butt of your jokes. Anyway, I totally don't remember how this series ends at all but I'd love to get back to the actual point of the whole thing. I was complaining about the glacial pace of the TV show last year but I guess I forgot that it's like that in the comics as well.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Herr Starr gets a full-blown origin story, plus some brilliant intrigues and quiet adventures. Best parts are the explicit evolution of a pervert, and the amazing way he acquired his eye scar. Cassidy's running headlong into a big-ass betrayal/disappointment. What with hitting on his "best friend"'s girlfriend - repeatedly - last volume, and now turning it around/begging forgiveness/making grandiose promises...if I know anything about Ennis, he's going to enjoy the living fuck out of seeing how Herr Starr gets a full-blown origin story, plus some brilliant intrigues and quiet adventures. Best parts are the explicit evolution of a pervert, and the amazing way he acquired his eye scar. Cassidy's running headlong into a big-ass betrayal/disappointment. What with hitting on his "best friend"'s girlfriend - repeatedly - last volume, and now turning it around/begging forgiveness/making grandiose promises...if I know anything about Ennis, he's going to enjoy the living fuck out of seeing how shit things turn when Cass inevitably blows it. Ennis does a lot of things really well as a writer, and one of them is creating the quiet, tense buildup before an explosively violent action scene. This one's no slouch either - by the time shit flies fanwards, we're practically drooling for it. The aftermath of this battle is even better - how the key players respond is definitely worth reading. The Chunt Brothers. As if there haven't been enough deviant insanity in this book. It's like plot and character development are necessary burdens for Ennis' great love of thinking up nutty situations. And Arseworld. Of course.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jim C

    This continues the story of our little triumvirate and their quest to find God. We also get an origins story of Herr Starr. I wasn't a big fan of the last collection. Thankfully, this collection gets things back on track and is more of the norm from this series. The highlight of this collection is the origins story of Herr Starr. I did not know I needed that story and I am glad that the authors decided to give it to us. It was fantastic and a great exploration of the character. I also thought the This continues the story of our little triumvirate and their quest to find God. We also get an origins story of Herr Starr. I wasn't a big fan of the last collection. Thankfully, this collection gets things back on track and is more of the norm from this series. The highlight of this collection is the origins story of Herr Starr. I did not know I needed that story and I am glad that the authors decided to give it to us. It was fantastic and a great exploration of the character. I also thought the rest of the collection was a nice look into characters as we deal with loss. Once again there is more gratuitous violence and one issue has non stop action. This collection is more like it. I did think the last issue of the collection was just weird and I have a theory about it. Even though this series is bonkers and nothing is off limits, it does convey messages and I do enjoy my time with the characters.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Holly (The GrimDragon)

    Now that is more like it! Holy intense last half, Batman! As Cass would say, JAYSIS!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Stewart

    I'm so in now that I'm retroactively upping my past rankings. I'm over my reservations. This is cruel, brutal, offensive and sacrilegious, but it is so dang good that it transcends and becomes it's own wholly unique piece of art. And I'll be damned if there isn't some serious truth about humanity woven into what Ennis and Dillon put into Preacher. This is an exaggerated reflection of our society that is actually an effective commentary on our culture. Especially right now. I'm so in now that I'm retroactively upping my past rankings. I'm over my reservations. This is cruel, brutal, offensive and sacrilegious, but it is so dang good that it transcends and becomes it's own wholly unique piece of art. And I'll be damned if there isn't some serious truth about humanity woven into what Ennis and Dillon put into Preacher. This is an exaggerated reflection of our society that is actually an effective commentary on our culture. Especially right now.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Devon Munn

    Ok that ending.....(view spoiler)[Of course more contrived romance drama. The most unoriginal conflict you can come up with (hide spoiler)] Ok that ending.....(view spoiler)[Of course more contrived romance drama. The most unoriginal conflict you can come up with (hide spoiler)]

  18. 5 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."

  19. 5 out of 5

    William

    The sun was at war...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    After enjoying Vol 6 of the Boys so much, I jumped right into another Garth Ennis Vol 6. Preacher finally shakes some things up here, but we start with the backstory for Starr, the new head of the Grail and how he ended up where we see him today. Equal parts badass and funny; a combo mastered by Ennis and few others. We also see thing escalate to ridiculous levels, including Starr trying to nuke the Saint of Killers in Monument Valley..ya, that happened. There's also a new development with the Cust After enjoying Vol 6 of the Boys so much, I jumped right into another Garth Ennis Vol 6. Preacher finally shakes some things up here, but we start with the backstory for Starr, the new head of the Grail and how he ended up where we see him today. Equal parts badass and funny; a combo mastered by Ennis and few others. We also see thing escalate to ridiculous levels, including Starr trying to nuke the Saint of Killers in Monument Valley..ya, that happened. There's also a new development with the Custer-Tulip-Cass trio, and it might send things for a bit of a loop. I think this is 3.5 stars, but the extra bump was because Ennis didn't just tease something, he went ahead and did it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Afro Madonna

    Oh what a sinful delight !

  22. 5 out of 5

    Garrison Kelly

    Reverend Jesse Custer, Tulip O’Haire, and Cassidy’s search for God continues in the Arizona desert, where the Grail leader Herr Starr and an entire army are waiting for them. Herr Starr’s rise to power within the Grail has been a long time coming, complete with backstabbing, politicking, and rubbing shoulders with the highest authorities. With complete control of this Christian shadow society, Starr’s power hungriness won’t end until Jesse Custer and the Patron Saint of Killers are both finally Reverend Jesse Custer, Tulip O’Haire, and Cassidy’s search for God continues in the Arizona desert, where the Grail leader Herr Starr and an entire army are waiting for them. Herr Starr’s rise to power within the Grail has been a long time coming, complete with backstabbing, politicking, and rubbing shoulders with the highest authorities. With complete control of this Christian shadow society, Starr’s power hungriness won’t end until Jesse Custer and the Patron Saint of Killers are both finally dead and buried in the desert sands. Will nuclear missiles, tanks, and machineguns be enough for these two powerful entities? Yes, the Grail is a fictional religious entity that controls all of the world’s governments and corporations. But despite being fictional, their portrayal is brutally honest when it comes to how power is traded across entities. Conspiracy theorists would go nuts with this kind of material. The Grail moves the money, they keep world leaders under their thumbs, and they do it all in the name of God. Ordinary people don’t have access to that kind of power, so all they can do is protest peacefully and most of the time it’s not enough. If you’ve ever thought there was something out there holding you down and keeping you from advancing, this is the comic book for you. It won’t give you the strength you need to carry on, but it’ll be otherwise entertaining and slightly educational. Another thing I enjoyed about this graphic novel was the continuation of the storyline between Tulip and Cassidy. If you remember from Volume Five (Dixie Fried), a drunken Cassidy confessed his love for Tulip behind Jesse’s back and that made Tulip despise the Irish vampire for it. While I won’t say how this storyline continues (you know, because of spoilers and all), it will reach its climax by the end of the book. Hearts will be broken, anger will be felt, and everybody comes out of it with sadness in their souls. Maybe your own heart will break alongside the three characters. Of course, I’d be remised if I didn’t mention just how brutal and messed up everything in this comic book is, the violence not being the deadliest among them. Anybody can shoot a tank cannon or drop a missile with the press of a button. But can you dine on flesh like it’s Taco Tuesday? Can you make the strangest requests to prostitutes imaginable? Can you dive into an eight-hundred pound man’s belly and cause him to throw up? Can you stomach the inbreeding that goes on to keep the “true savior’s” blood pure? Can you listen to New Orleans tunes if they’re unintelligibly sung by a teenaged boy with a grossly deformed face? Garth Ennis has a vivid imagination and he’s not afraid to use it when penning copies of Preacher. That’s what I love about his work. Another awesome volume of Preacher is in the books. Everything that made the previous volumes great is neatly packaged into this one as well. It makes me want to finish the final three volumes, which is what any book should be doing in the first place: making you hunger for more. Preacher is one of my all-time favorite comic book series and for that I’m giving this volume a passing grade. I anticipate more greatness in the volumes to come.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carrie-Anne

    Really enjoyed jumping back into the world of Preacher. We learn a lot more about Starr, the first issue in here is a back story of how he got to where he is in the Grail, it was super interesting and made Starr a more three dimensional character. The Saint of Killers is as badass as ever. The ending leans one way, but I really hope the next issue doesn't start with (view spoiler)[ Jesse not revealing himself and a big ol' miscommunication trope (hide spoiler)] but even if it does, I'm sure it w Really enjoyed jumping back into the world of Preacher. We learn a lot more about Starr, the first issue in here is a back story of how he got to where he is in the Grail, it was super interesting and made Starr a more three dimensional character. The Saint of Killers is as badass as ever. The ending leans one way, but I really hope the next issue doesn't start with (view spoiler)[ Jesse not revealing himself and a big ol' miscommunication trope (hide spoiler)] but even if it does, I'm sure it will be done in an amusing, Preacher-esque way.

  24. 4 out of 5

    The Flooze

    War in the Sun returns to the all-action, all-crazy, completely screwed up plot lines that are the standard of the Preacher series. Beginning with Herr Starr’s induction into the Grail, this sixth installment shows his motivations and his plan for forcing order on the world. Unfortunately for Starr, bringing his plan to fruition proves harder than he ever imagined. Jesse continues his search for access to Genesis’ knowledge. This time around, he’s heading out to the desert, getting hyped up on p War in the Sun returns to the all-action, all-crazy, completely screwed up plot lines that are the standard of the Preacher series. Beginning with Herr Starr’s induction into the Grail, this sixth installment shows his motivations and his plan for forcing order on the world. Unfortunately for Starr, bringing his plan to fruition proves harder than he ever imagined. Jesse continues his search for access to Genesis’ knowledge. This time around, he’s heading out to the desert, getting hyped up on peyote, and communing with his inner-spirit--or rather, the spirit that’s possessing him. In usual Jesse Custer fashion, nothing goes as it should. Herr Starr is waiting for him, as is the Saint, a military squadron, and a whole lot of pain. Starr is an interesting character. His disillusionment with the current world order runs incredibly deep, so it’s understandable how he’d be pulled into a powerful organization like the Grail with all its promises and objectives. He thinks the end result will be a more organized and logical world and he’s willing to go to any lengths to see it happen. Oddly enough, his overall goal of bettering things is similar to Jesse’s own quest (though their methods differ immensely). There is a lot of talk in this volume about trying to do the right thing, attempting to choose the good and helping make a difference. Cassidy, with his jaded mindset, isn’t sure whether it’s possible to exact such drastic changes, but he’s willing to concentrate on doing the right thing from now on. (There’s an implication that he’s trying to make up for all the bad he’s done in the past by standing by Jesse and helping him fulfill his goals.) Speaking of Cassidy, I’m not sure I like where Ennis is taking the character. It seems as we go along, we’ll be digging further into his shadier side--it could be fun...or it could destroy all the good will I’ve built up towards him. All I know is that as of right now, I’m disappointed in old Cass. He’s got weaknesses coming to light and I’d just hate it if I had to drastically change my opinion of him! Tulip…I ain’t gonna lie: She annoys me. She’s a little too tough gurrl at times and seems incapable of letting anything go. She’s great in a fight, but since she’s still harping over Jesse not “trusting” her (He feared for your life, dammit! His heart was in the right place!), I think she’s too high-strung and too high-maintenance. She’s thrown around the word insecure several times now in reference to others, but I think it applies to no one so thoroughly as Tulip herself. The Saint makes a brief appearance, as does Arseface. Both are great, though I could have done with a little more from the Saint. I find him rather fascinating! The artwork is consistently perfect for the storyline. Horrific and detailed, it certainly keeps me engaged, though Dillon’s fixation on headshots removes all the shock-value from that specific mode of killing. All in all, there’s a huge mess left after this book--I’m eager to see how all of it gets tidied up!

  25. 4 out of 5

    ***Dave Hill

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. (Bumping from 4 to 5) All the players fully in place, things rapidly go to hell. This is, in some way, Herr Starr's volume, starting with an issue detailing his origins, and how he came to join the Grail. Then he escalates the war against Jesse Custer, ending with a massive conflict in Monument Valley that features the Saint of Killers against a tank brigade and a nuke. The aftermath of that battle changes everything, from Starr's destructive mania against Custer, to Tulip's devastation and hookin (Bumping from 4 to 5) All the players fully in place, things rapidly go to hell. This is, in some way, Herr Starr's volume, starting with an issue detailing his origins, and how he came to join the Grail. Then he escalates the war against Jesse Custer, ending with a massive conflict in Monument Valley that features the Saint of Killers against a tank brigade and a nuke. The aftermath of that battle changes everything, from Starr's destructive mania against Custer, to Tulip's devastation and hooking up with Cassidy, to Jesse discovering that's happened. Everyone thinks they've hit rock bottom here, but that doesn't happen quite yet ... Even Featherstone gets a bit of gumption back, which is nice to see. ----- NOV 2011 RE-READ This book starts with a one-shot special, the origin of Starr, wherein we learn how he came to be so screwed up, and, at the same time, one of the top officials of the Grail. That leads in naturally to the main part of this book, wherein Starr pulls out all the stops to get hold of Jesse and do away with the Saint of Killers, with the help of the Grail's paramilitary, a US Army tank brigade, and a stealth bomber. Gonzo, over-the-top, epic battle ensues, in inimitable Ennis form, with changes resulting that will drive the narrative of the rest of the series. ----- NOV 2019 Notes on how these elements played in the TV series: Pip Torrens as Herr Starr, starting in Season 2, was another great casting job. He brings the ruthlessness, the bloodthirstiness, but also the insecurity and weakness of the comic character. We get little of his origin story as portrayed in the comics, and the comic's tale of his growing madness for vengeance against Jesse Custer, to the point of literally destroying the Grail in order to make it happen, gets muddied in the conspiracies and Armageddon plots of Seasons 3 and, especially, 4. We never get the Monument Valley tank battle, only a weakened version of it. We do eventually get a nuclear explosion and Jesse falling from the plane, though this happens late in the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    Starr has the US president sign over an army battalion to his command. Starr's goal is to get Tulip and use her as a bargaining chip against Jesse who is visiting a Native Indian reservation in the hopes that he can reveal more about Genesis and God. There is plenty of focus on the relationship between Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy, especially on friendship, finding God and their love triangle. The second half features a tragic event that can put their relashionships on their head. (view spoiler)[With Starr has the US president sign over an army battalion to his command. Starr's goal is to get Tulip and use her as a bargaining chip against Jesse who is visiting a Native Indian reservation in the hopes that he can reveal more about Genesis and God. There is plenty of focus on the relationship between Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy, especially on friendship, finding God and their love triangle. The second half features a tragic event that can put their relashionships on their head. (view spoiler)[With the information he gathered Jesse convinces the Saint of Killers to consider themselves even. The issue with Starr's army is another matter altogether. He walks straight through the men and their tanks. Starr orders a nuke to be dropped onto the Saint's head. It does little to faze the guy, while everyone else scrambles to safety. Jesse drops from the plane as he, Tulip and Cassidy try desperately to get away from the blast area. Cassidy tries to save him, but Jesse uses the Word on him and orders him to let go. A month later Tulip is in a bad way. Cassidy is keeping her drugged up to drown her emotions. At her request they spend the night together, though she later tries to call Amy. Starr gets saved by the Chunt brothers. He suspects they're sodomites, but thankfully they're only cannibals. He then finds they ate his missing leg. He takes advantage of an opportunity to kill them and return to the Grail. Jesse also survives thanks to Johnny Lee Wombat, a quirky guy to say the least. They part ways as he starts his search for Tulip. Imagine his surprise when he spies Cassidy and Tulip kissing. (hide spoiler)]

  27. 5 out of 5

    Arno Callens

    Presumably Preacher is heading towards some sort of climax that rivals the ones in "Crusaders" and here in "War In The Sun". I don't know what's coming (aside from one unfortunate spoiler), but I can't imagine it being more spectacular again. On the other hand, I figured the showdown at Masada could not be topped either, and while the Monument Valley clash is a different beast, it does not underwhelm. Garth Ennis understands very well that while the story's not near its conclusion yet, the status Presumably Preacher is heading towards some sort of climax that rivals the ones in "Crusaders" and here in "War In The Sun". I don't know what's coming (aside from one unfortunate spoiler), but I can't imagine it being more spectacular again. On the other hand, I figured the showdown at Masada could not be topped either, and while the Monument Valley clash is a different beast, it does not underwhelm. Garth Ennis understands very well that while the story's not near its conclusion yet, the status quo doesn't have to stay intact. Despite the futility of the characters' efforts in terms of their endgame, there are real and serious consequences to these events, and no one really comes out of this unscathed, let alone happy with the way things went. It helps that "One Man's War" came just before this in the slightly different order I'm following, because it really helps you to get into Starr's mindset, to the point where you're almost sure he can't lose. I'm slightly less positive about the Cassidy and Tulip material, mostly because I don't really know where Ennis is going with that. He could have gone a lot of ways with the Monument Valley climax, and I think this is one of the more surprising ones. Meanwhile Jesse's run-in with the would-be astronaut (as Starr's with the cannibals) made for a fun epilogue, neatly contrasting with the desperation of his friends. There's still a long road to go before I can witness the actual ending of the Preacher-series, but for now I'll mark this as another highpoint along the way.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tays

    Well that was just brilliant. In it's own weird way of storytelling, I fell like Garth Ennis and company prepares me for something that would eventually happen one day. The whole armageddon thing is starting to grow on me. Hahah. I might actually believe that there are some people behind in making the world work the way it does. I mean, yea sure, it's not highly unlikely right? We do have a bunch of documentaries that seems to prove a secret organization like The Grail exists. Clearly, I sound m Well that was just brilliant. In it's own weird way of storytelling, I fell like Garth Ennis and company prepares me for something that would eventually happen one day. The whole armageddon thing is starting to grow on me. Hahah. I might actually believe that there are some people behind in making the world work the way it does. I mean, yea sure, it's not highly unlikely right? We do have a bunch of documentaries that seems to prove a secret organization like The Grail exists. Clearly, I sound mental. But what the hell, right? Going back to reviewing this volume, obviously Garth Ennis remained consistent - that or I just gave away five stars to a worthless piece of shit. HAHAH. Seriously though, the plot stays true to the story it wants to tell. Maybe telling people to think outside the box in terms of religious views and stuff like that, I don't know. But this title came off a little bit of an eye-opening for me. It's brilliant, probably one of the best comic book titles ever written. The depth and growth and flaws of every character gets more and more compelling. The artwork is quite extraordinary aswell. It sends the message quite clear in avery detailed representation. I get more and more excited in seeing how this ends though. Here's to hoping that it ends on a high note. Yea?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charlie George

    My favorite back-story after Jody is that of Herr Starr. It's a shame it ended up in this weak book 6 compilation, set in the Monument Valley desert. Don't get me wrong, there are as usual a few choice moments, such as Tulip outmaneuvering the Grail on the .50 cal; Featherstone rescuing Starr from the bad-ass colonel; Starr's escape from the stereotypical cannibals; The Saint going to war against a regiment of modern armor, culminating in a nuclear strike, after which he dusts himself off and of My favorite back-story after Jody is that of Herr Starr. It's a shame it ended up in this weak book 6 compilation, set in the Monument Valley desert. Don't get me wrong, there are as usual a few choice moments, such as Tulip outmaneuvering the Grail on the .50 cal; Featherstone rescuing Starr from the bad-ass colonel; Starr's escape from the stereotypical cannibals; The Saint going to war against a regiment of modern armor, culminating in a nuclear strike, after which he dusts himself off and offers one choice line: "Not enough gun." However, the story has fallen to a low point with Cassidy totally laying down and sucking, Starr becoming obsessed with killing Jesse, the Johnny Lee Wombat character, and some wordy, pointless developments in Arseface's story, with the failed intent of injecting social commentary. Taken individually, Starr's back story gets 5 (lower case) stars. However, the rest of this volume actually gets an astoundingly low 2 stars for a Preacher, averaging 3 for book 6.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    5 Ultimate-Mayhem-Stars! ☆☆☆☆☆ Probably my favorite! This volume had it all! Cannibals, nuclear explosions, Butt-Fairies & Jesse dying, only to find out chapters later that he survived but now he's missing an eye! Jesus! There was so much action packed into one book. I loved how it was not just all action, or all sex, or all horror. Its had a great mixture of everything, including Jesse eating out Tulip on the train! Hehee I know i may sound crazy, but i loved it when Tulip was shooting off heads 5 Ultimate-Mayhem-Stars! ☆☆☆☆☆ Probably my favorite! This volume had it all! Cannibals, nuclear explosions, Butt-Fairies & Jesse dying, only to find out chapters later that he survived but now he's missing an eye! Jesus! There was so much action packed into one book. I loved how it was not just all action, or all sex, or all horror. Its had a great mixture of everything, including Jesse eating out Tulip on the train! Hehee I know i may sound crazy, but i loved it when Tulip was shooting off heads and body parts. It just looked so cool. And the way the artist captured bullets flying is insane! :) Whoa! My heart dropped when Cassidy screwed Jesse over to have his chance with Tulip! Yeah! Arseface confused me a little, because throughout the last half of the story, he's in his own imaginary world of asses. Yep. everyone has butts for faces and then he drifts off into space. Did he die?! Is he high?! I don't know!!! Im left with too many questions, and the only cure is volume 7! Here i come :)

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