Preacher Volume Dixie Fried is a Book It s a no doubter that this is foul blasphemous and brutally violent However it s equally doubt free that this is powerfully evocative bril
Preacher, Volume 5: Dixie Fried is a Book 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......PREACHERI’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!!. Collectible First Edition Fifth Printing.. A viral Book Preacher, Volume 5: Dixie Fried 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.