Title: Preacher Book Two
Price: $19.99 US $23.00 Can
Collection: #13-26 of Preacher (1996-1997)
Length: 368 pages
Publisher: Vertigo Comics (2010)
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Steve Dillon
Colors: Matt Hollingsworth & Pamela Rambo
Cover: Glenn Fabry
Letters: Clem Robins
With the Preacher TV show on AMC doing so well I thought it would be fun to cover the source material for the show. This review is the 2nd of 6 reviews I’m going to do for the Big Glasgow Comic Page. To see the 1st installment of the series visit http://bigglasgowcomic.com/review-preacher-book-one/
Preacher: Book Two is a 90s comic. The 90s in comics are known for their darker stories, more violent action sequences and more intelligent writing across the board of publishers, hence the birth of the Vertigo imprint. A line of comics intended for adult readers. Preacher: Book Two is no exception to this decade’s stereotypes. It delivers on all fronts. In fact, Preacher: Book Two, has one of the most depraved and vile villains I’ve ever come across in the form of a man going by the name, Lord Jesus. This man is the poster child for what can happen when someone has no sexual or moral limits. But, while those things make it awesome for fans like myself, Preacher might not be for you if you are an easily offended person. Preacher is riddled with profanity, blasphemy, a general irreverence for all things in authority, especially religious authority, and graphic violence. If however you have a bit more leather to your skin, then this title is for you. Written by the always awesome, king of shock comics, Garth Ennis. The story is bold and full of all of the black comedy, violence and profanity we’ve all come to expect from the master, Garth Ennis. Preacher: Book One was drawn in a spectacularly appropriate fashion by Steve Dillon. In fact it was this creative duo of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon that created Preacher/Jesse Custer, Tulip and Cassidy the Irish vampire. The two of them put their twisted minds together and filled out the Preacher world with all sorts of other insanely violent and macabre people as well. Steve Dillon’s art is one of a kind. His sharp lines and attention to detail are beautiful. He is particularly good at expressing emotion. When Jesse Custer is angry or sad, or even happy you can literally feel the emotion jumping off the page at you. Especially in conjunction with Clem Robins’ spectacular lettering work. Between these two, there is no mistaking what the characters in Preacher: Book Two are feeling or thinking. The colorist Matt Hollingsworth and Pamela Rambo (how awesome is that name?!) bring Steve Dillon’s arts to life in vivid and inventive ways, bringing together awesome color-shading and light reflections that really add to the overall feel of the book. Clem Robins, the letterer of Preacher: Book Two, was also crucial to Preacher: Book Two’s effective presentation. Without him, Jesse Custer’s power, The Word, would not translate into comic book format. His use of different colors in his lettering, using red ink for the times when Preacher uses his Word powers, was a stroke of pure brilliance. I honestly don’t know how else it could have been done well.
Those who loved Preacher: Book One will not be disappointed with Preacher: Book Two. Jesse Custer, Tulip and the Irish vampire, Cassidy continue their quest to make God answer for his many sins of indifference and inaction on the part of a world that has fallen from grace. This quest leads them through San Francisco, to the Alps and even to the New York bar scene as they fight the agents of Heaven and Hell. We even get some origin stories in Preacher: Book Two that really fill out the characters nicely, giving them more depth and richness. It’s a great read. I didn’t want to put it down. This series just gets better and better as it goes on. So don’t forget to follow us on Twitter/ Facebook and like us if you want to see more of these. Plus check back each week for the latest comic news, reviews, interviews and commentary from the Big Glasgow Comic Page.