Preacher was one of the most acclaimed and most controversial comic books of the late ’90s. The saga of Jesse Custer– man of God, enemy of same – was one of the standout works of DC’s Vertigo imprint. Writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon crafted an epic of southern-gothic existentialism which was also a monument to mature-reader bad behavior. For years there were rumors of a film adaptation, but Preacher has finally arrived onscreen thanks to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who adapted the comic book into AMC’s great hope for the next big based-on-a-comic fandom hit.
In this week’s episode of Entertainment Geekly, we talk about the new TV show, which we kind of like but have some serious issues with. (Like: Did we need a Preacher origin story? And: What are Tulip and Cassidy really doing on this show?) Then we dive deep into spoiler territory, addressing the complete run of the original Preacher. Does the comic book series hold up? Was it nasty for the sake of being nasty, or did it have a real emotional and intellectual depth? (Spoiler alert: It was pretty awesome.)
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