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    Preacher was an American comic book series, created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, with painted covers by Glenn Fabry.

    The series consisted of 75 issues in total -- 66 regular, monthly issues, five one-shot specials and a four-issue Saint of Killers limited series. The entire run has been collected in nine trade paperback editions. The final monthly issue, number 66, was published in July 2000.

    Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer, a down-and-out preacher in the small Texas town of Annville. Custer was accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named 'Genesis' in an incident which killed his entire congregation and flattened his church.

    Genesis, the product of the unauthorized, unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon, is an infant with no sense of individual will. However, as it is composed of both pure goodness and pure evil, it might have enough power to rival that of God himself. In other words, Jesse Custer, bonded to Genesis, may have become the most powerful being in the universe.

    Custer, driven by a strong sense of right and wrong, goes on a journey across the United States attempting to (literally) find God, who abandoned Heaven the moment Genesis was born. He also begins to discover the truth about his new powers, which allow him to command the obedience of those who hear his words. He is joined by his old girlfriend Tulip O'Hare, as well as a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy.

    Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
    During the course of their journeys, the three encounter enemies and obstacles both sacred and profane, including: the Saint of Killers, an invincible, quick-drawing, perfect-aiming, come-lately Angel of Death answering only to the authority of God Himself; a serial-killer called the 'Reaver-Cleaver'; The Grail, a secret organization controlling the governments of the world and protecting the bloodline of Jesus; Herr Starr, ostensible Allfather of the Grail, a megalomaniac with a penchant for prostitutes, who wishes to use Custer for his own ends; several fallen angels; and Jesse's own redneck 'family' -- particularly his nasty Cajun grandmother, her mighty bodyguard Jody, and the 'animal-loving' T.C.

    In particular, Preacher draws on movies, particularly western movies, for many of its stylistic elements. For example: an apparition of John Wayne is a recurring character and serves as a sort of spiritual guide or conscience for Custer; Monument Valley and The Alamo serve as backdrops to various legs of the journey; for a time, Jesse acts as the sheriff of a small town in Texas, and must protect the inhabitants from harm; the image of the Saint of Killers, a reformed outlaw-turned-evil-once-more in the tradition of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven character, William Munny, is a nod to the classic Western notion of nemesis, straight and true and terrible.

    The series also invokes ideas popularized by such books as Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The DaVinci Code (the former was released before Preacher, and it is not known if Ennis was inspired by it; the latter was released after the completion of Preacher). Like these two works, Preacher claims that there is a still-viable bloodline descending from Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. Herr Starr reveals to Cassidy that Jesus had children, and did not die on the cross, but instead lived to middle-age, and was killed by a runaway dung cart. After his death the Grail guardians took away his offspring, who were forced to intermarry with one another in order to keep Jesus' divine power within the bloodline. For over 2000 years this intermarrying perpetuated an incestuous family tree culminating with the mentally handicapped descendents of Jesus having a child, during the birth of whom the mother dies, effectively producing the last generation of the Jesus' line. The grotesque character of the Allfather D'Aronique, the psychotic and obese ruler of The Grail organization, takes on the mentally deficient son as his ward and uses him to consolidate his power. Jesse Custer's grandmother is the Allfather's aunt, thus explaining how both Starr and D'Aronique are aware of him before the Annville incident. Herr Starr eventually kills Allfather D'Aronique and the Messiah, taking his place as leader of the Grail organization and severing the bloodline of Abraham, David, and Jesus.

    In the beginning of the narrative, told in retrospect in the first issue of Preacher, Jesse Custer is a vicar of dubious nature, just about to address the members of his parish after a night of heavy drinking and with many enemies in the audience. This opening scene is identical to the famous opening of Selma Lagerlf's novel Gsta Berling's Saga.

    Additionally, the series examines the role of American identity and ideals in the modern age. This extends beyond the personal level, where old-fashioned southern "Cowboy" ethics and attitudes meet modern feminism, to the collective level, where the traumas of the Vietnam War, the excesses of corporatism and the cyclical nature of violence, among other things, are explored. The conflict between liberal and conservative politics is also examined, as are depression, repression, secsuality, pornography, drug abuse, homelessness and immigration.

    A symbolic presence is that of Arseface, a teenager who attempted suicide with a shotgun and merely ended up as a 'fella with a face like an arse'. (In the later issues, Arseface goes through a sped-up cycle of American fame: underground sensation to popular star to lawsuit bait and target of censorship. In the end, his manager takes all his money.)

    Ennis and Dillon are Northern Irish and English respectively, not American, so their observations on American history and culture are from an outsider's perspective.


    Preacher - 01 - The Time of the Preacher.cbr 12.13 MB
    Preacher - 02 - And Hell followed With Him.cbr 7.32 MB
    Preacher - 03 - And the Horse you rode In on.cbr 7.50 MB
    Preacher - 04 - Standing Tall.cbr 7.26 MB
    Preacher - 05 - 07 - Naked City 01 - 03.cbr 24.02 MB
    Preacher - 08 - All in the Family.cbr 7.83 MB
    Preacher - 09 - When the Story Began.cbr 7.74 MB
    Preacher - 10 - How I Learned to Love the Lord.cbr 8.36 MB
    Preacher - 11 - Pardners.cbr 7.35 MB
    Preacher - 12 - Until the End of the World.cbr 8.42 MB
    Preacher - 13 - 17 - Hunters 01 - 04 + Epilogue.cbr 40.62 MB
    Preacher - 18 - Texas and the Spaceman.cbr 8.09 MB
    Preacher - 19 - 24 - Crusaders 01 - 06.cbr 43.92 MB
    Preacher - 25 - Cry Blood, Cry Erin.cbr 7.12 MB
    Preacher - 26 - To the Streets of Manhattan I Wandered Away.cbr 13.72 MB
    Preacher - 27 - Gunchicks.cbr 11.76 MB
    Preacher - 28 - Rumors of War.cbr 11.39 MB
    Preacher - 29 - Old Familiar Faces.cbr 11.62 MB
    Preacher - 30 - Good Times Rolling.cbr 11.47 MB
    Preacher - 31 - Underworld.cbr 14.03 MB
    Preacher - 32 - Snakes in the Grass.cbr 12.30 MB
    Preacher - 33 - Price of Night.cbr 12.17 MB
    Preacher - 34 - 37 - War in the Sun 01 - 04.cbr 47.86 MB
    Preacher - 38 - Badlands.cbr 10.10 MB
    Preacher - 39 - For All Mankind.cbr 9.08 MB
    Preacher - 40 - Arsefaced World.cbr 9.30 MB
    Preacher - 41 - The Man from God knows Where.cbr 10.93 MB
    Preacher - 42 - The Meatman Cometh.cbr 9.83 MB
    Preacher - 43 - Christina's World.cbr 11.60 MB
    Preacher - 44 - Custer's Law.cbr 10.76 MB
    Preacher - 45 - Southern Cross.cbr 10.99 MB
    Preacher - 46 - White Mischief.cbr 11.09 MB
    Preacher - 47 - Jesse Get your Gun.cbr 11.34 MB
    Preacher - 48 - Goodnight and God Bless.cbr 10.31 MB
    Preacher - 49 - First Contact.cbr 9.04 MB
    Preacher - 50 - The Land of Bad Things.cbr 17.32 MB
    Preacher - 51 - Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing left to Lose.cbr 10.75 MB
    Preacher - 52 - Even Hitgirls Get the Blues.cbr 11.23 MB
    Preacher - 53 - Too Dumb for New York City and Too Ugly for L.A.cbr 11.37 MB
    Preacher - 54 - I Built my Dreams around You.cbr 10.48 MB
    Preacher - 55 - Harbinger.cbr 10.94 MB
    Preacher - 56 - Smile Like the Gates of Hell.cbr 11.07 MB
    Preacher - 57 - Of the Irish in America.cbr 11.45 MB
    Preacher - 58 - Dot the I's and Cross the T's.cbr 12.74 MB
    Preacher - 59 - 65 - Alamo 01 - 07.cbr 79.33 MB
    Preacher - 66 - A Hell of a Vision.cbr 17.45 MB
    Preacher Specials/Preacher Special - Cassidy - Blood & Whiskey.cbr 6.91 MB
    Preacher Specials/Preacher Special - Dead or Alive.cbr 71.96 MB
    Preacher Specials/Preacher Special - One Man's War.cbr 7.92 MB
    Preacher Specials/Preacher Special - Saint of Killers 01 - 04.cbr 16.37 MB
    Preacher Specials/Preacher Special - Tall in the Saddle.cbr 6.66 MB
    Preacher Specials/Preacher Special - The Good Old Boys.cbr 10.38 MB
    Preacher Specials/Preacher Special - The Story of You-Know-Who.cbr 7.43 MB
    Preacher Specials/Preacher, Cassidy and Arseface meet Pope Pie-Us.cbr 383.31 KB
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