One of the Most Influential Mature Graphic Novels of All Time
Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan Preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of "the word," an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, the Preacher loses faith in both man and God as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America.
Why Read It?
Preacher is a dark, gritty, and often humourous quasi-western that significantly pushed the boundaries of the graphic novel medium. Prior to its 1995 debut, graphic novels were not as highly regarded of a literature format for adults as they are today, with the success of Neil Gaiman's Sandman saga being considered a fluke of sorts. Featuring themes, ideas, and events that most would deem inappropriate for teens and younger readers, Garth Ennis' Preacher series almost single-handedly opened the doors for a new generation of writers and artists that followed in the subsequent decades. Writers from Brian Vaughan to Stephen King were directly influenced by Preacher's 1995-2000 print run.
As noted, the themes and ideas presented in Preacher are quite mature, and like many great pieces of literature it may at times make some readers uncomfortable. The recent television series adaptation has been well-received by critics, though it diverges from the comics significantly and provides a unique experience. If the dark and gritty subject matter of Preacher is not a barrier for you, try giving the series a chance! Simply click the cover images below to place your requests.