Vertigo continues in another series with a “what if” involving the Christian pantheon. The preacher of the title is exactly that, although he has lost his faith of late, especially when he is possessed by a spirit from heaven and barely manages to escape before his church is burned to the ground with his congregation toasted inside. Preacher is a graphic novel series that starts off with questions and intrigue, leaving readers wanting more.
The spirit that has inhabited the preacher is known as Genesis, a burning ball of fire with infant features who was conceived between one of the angels of the Seraphi and a demon from hell. It’s an event that was never supposed to happen, and the result is a creation that can challenge the very power of God. Upon the discovery of this devastating event, the Seraphi killed their member who coupled with a demon, while the Adephi are left to imprison and watch over the creation known as Genesis. But Genesis manages to escape, coming to Earth in search of a soul which it finds in one Reverend Custer, the preacher. Custer is soon joined by a former girlfriend and a new friend who turns out to have some most unusual eating habits.
In the style and graphic vein of Lucifer, Hellblazer, and other such classic Vertigo titles, Preacher is a series I look forward to continue reading.
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Originally written on June 29th, 2007 ©Alex C. Telander.