I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, there is no greater time for comic books than now. A tad hyperbolic, maybe, but there is so much potential for any and all series to expand to other mediums and gain an entirely new audience, be it superheroes saving the world from alien invasions to a ragtag bunch of misfits struggling to survive against a horde of zombies, all have seen success after leaping off the page and into the TV or cinema screen and the recent adaptation of Preacher is no different.
The TV series of Preacher is adapted from the comics of the same name by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and produced by Seth Rogen and revolves around Jesse Custer (played by Dominic Cooper) who (after being possessed by Genesis, the most powerful creature in Heaven and Hell) is imbued with the Voice of God, capable of making people do anything that he asks of them, sometimes with tragic consequences. Helping Jesse out over the course of the series is his best friend and vampire Cassidy (played by Joseph Gilgun) and gun toting ex-girlfriend Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga.) Also joining the cast are DeBlanc and Fiore, two angels who have come to Earth illegally in order to try and reclaim Genesis before anyone realises that it’s missing, as well as the numerous occupants of the town of Annville, all of whom are sinners in their own way.
The series itself acts as a prequel of sorts to the original comics, choosing to focus on the Jesse’s time as the Preacher of Annville and him coming to terms with his newfound power and culminating in a recreation of the first panel of the comics towards the end of the final episode as well as a hint as to where the series intends to go with its plot. Throughout the show, the writing is absolutely top-notch, with plenty of dark humour seeping from every corner of the screen and some beautiful vistas of the Texan landscape creating a distinct contrast with the tone of the script.
Whilst the show is an absolute delight to watch (though delight may not be the best choice of word to describe it) it does unfortunately drag a little in the middle episodes, the acting, script and cinematography are all great, it just feels like there isn’t enough happening within the plot itself to justify some of the goings on. Despite this, Preacher manages to pull everything back in time for the final episodes and its big reveal on what’s coming next (though if you’ve read the comics, you’ll no doubt guess what’s going to happen from the first couple of episodes.)
Preacher won’t be the show for everybody, but for those who enjoy The Walking Dead it’s definitely one that needs to be watched. The cast clearly enjoy their roles, and the numerous action sequences are well rehearsed and help to give subtle hints to various characters lives before they came to Annville. You certainly won’t be disappointed watching this show.
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