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Steve Dillon (1962-2016)
Comicbook artist, best known for his work on The Punisher and co-creator of Preacher, dies at 54.

Beren and Luthien
A century after it was written, J. R. R. Tolkien’s story, Beren and Luthien, is finally getting published.

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“Preacher Volume 2: Until the End of the World” by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon (Vertigo, 1997)

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In this next volume of the successful Preacher series we go back into the past of Jesse Custer and learn of his terrible upbringing under the cruel thump of his fundamentalist grandmother assisted by two inbred ingrates.  His father is shot and killed in front of him for not following the rules, while his mother suffers a similar fate later in his young age.  Whenever Jesse commits a sin, he spends time in the coffin – sealed airtight and dropped in the river with a narrow breathing tube, in complete darkness.  Tulip, his girlfriend, learns all this when they’ve been captured by said evil family and are to be killed.  But the Preacher is now older and stronger while his family is older and enfeebled, and with Tulip’s help, the terrible bloodline is ended once and for all.

In the second part of the book they rejoin with their vampire friend Cassidy who tracks down the murderer of his girlfriend, leading them to a sex-addicted fiend who goes by the name of Jesus De Sade.  There is also a sub plot going on here about a secret group who has been protecting the secret of the holy grail for thousands of years and it is in the year 2000 that the end will arrive and they intend to use Jesse Custer as their preacher.

The second volume reaches new levels with the storyline, revealing some important history and back story, keeping the reader rapt and wanting more.  Thankfully there are many more volumes in the series to come.

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Originally written on July 15th, 2007 ©Alex C. Telander.

“Preacher Volume 1: Gone to Texas” by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon (Vertigo, 1996)

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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.