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Just a Pilgrim: Garden of Eden Paperback – February 28, 2003

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About the Author

Garth Ennis is the award-winning writer of Preacher, Hellblazer, Hitman and Judge Dredd. He is now writing Marvel's Fury and Punisher. Carlos Ezquerra co-created Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog. Other projects include The Stainless Steel Rat, Preacher, Just a Pilgrim and Adventures in the Rifle Brigade.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (February 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184023590X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840235906
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,607,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garth Ennis is the award-winning writer of Hellblazer, Hitman, Punisher, Preacher, Pride and Joy and War Stories. He is much in demand for his hard-edged, wickedly humorous style.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Pellnat on August 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I love PREACHER. HITMAN is stroke after stroke of black-humoured genius. THE PRO is good fun. THE PUNISHER is the most fun to come out of MARVEL in years. But JUST A PILGRIM is, to me, the greatest thing put out by Garth Ennis. What I loved in PREACHER, the characters, the obvious love of Ennis for his characters, the romance of the settings and the timeless quality to it; everything i love from Preacher, from 66 issues, taken out, compressed, put into 5 issues and losing none of its poignancy.

Of course, the book is still full of that twisted humour and absolutly obscenely funny situatuations, and just the one liners ("I'll shove me hook up your poop-chute") make it a book you cannot put down. The story is mind-bogglingly simple, proving you don't always need a complex, winding story to be great. It's an absolutely dedicated religous man, travelling the desert of the earth with his gun, taking a group of wayfarers and travellers under his protection. It sounds boring, but it's not. It's a story with some of the deepest characters ever created by Ennis with the most genuine emotions and actions taken by a character under his writing ever. And he writes some damn realistic characters all of the time.

It's a real treat of a book, even for someone as non religous as me. As Ennis. You can tell that he doesn't believe this stuff, but he, like many other people, can respect someone who stands besides their morals no matter what the cost, regardless of who's around and what comes their way. It's a book that has to be read to be belived, it's the food of the mind, and you have to be careful. Don't look for much more than face value. You might start hating it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Higgins on December 19, 2014
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‘Just A Pilgrim’ compiles the five issue comic book series of the same title, released by Black Bull / Wizard in 2001, and the sequel, the four-issue series ‘Just A Pilgrim: Garden of Eden’, released a year later.

‘Just a Pilgrim’ is best described as a melding of 'Jonah Hex' and 'Mad Max'. The series is set in the near-future, in the aftermath of a massive solar eruption that has essentially toasted the entire surface of the earth. Civilization has vanished, replaced by roving tribes of refugees and bandits who cross the burnt landscapes in search of food and water.

As the other reviewers point out, the lead character is a homicidal religious fanatic – imagine a member of the Plymouth Brethren with a gun fetish, or Jules Winnfield, the character played by Samuel L. Jackson in ‘Pulp Fiction’, transformed into a spaghetti western hero and then let loose in post-apocalyptia – and this is the source of a significant amount of the book’s sarcastic humor.

Ennis’s output is so vast and continuous – only Warren Ellis churns out more comic book scripting Product – that naturally enough, a lot of his material is mediocre. However, ‘Pilgrim’ is one of Ennis’s more developed properties, containing the small touches in its plotting, plus carefully crafted deadpan humor, that make it stand out.

I won’t disclose any spoilers, save to say that the first set of stories deals with our hero helping out a band of refugees who have had the bad luck to run afoul of Castenado, a psychopathic buccaneer captain, and one of Ennis’ s more memorable villains.

The ‘Garden of Eden’ series sees our hero teaming up with a band of scientists, and salvaging their desperate plan to save the human race. There are some nasty monsters in the Garden, however. …..
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By aka_Sabretooth on May 26, 2010
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Not a literary or comic book jewel but decidedly another crafty job from prolific comic book author Garth Ennis and artist Carlos Ezquerra. I delayed reading this one for years for no particular reason (I love Ennis work though it has it ups and lows, I am not a fan of "The Boys" for example) and the timing for reading this was perfect as a few weeks ago I had walked out of the cinema after having suffered through "The Book of Eli" -actually I think I ran out of the cinema at the first hint of the end titles- and I found in "Just a Pligrim" all the things I had sought to find in the movie and more: a post apocalyptic scenario, a lonesome warrior, and plenty of guns and fights and Ennis' own sense of humor embedded in the story telling (I reviewed "The Book of Eli" at IMDB, you will easily recognize my review if you want to read it).

Not the perfect "first book" to read if you have not read anything from Ennis (though are there any "perfect first books" anyway?), but if it is your introduction to Garth Ennis and you found some odd bits here and there, well, I can tell you you will come back or refer to it for sure, whether you read other books by Ennis or not.

Praise goes to Ezequerra too, as fortunately it is difficult (and pointles) to dettach the "author" from the "artist" in this book, in which the dialogue, the humor, the narrative, the visual concepts, the characters and the scenarios, they all flow nicely and professionally with none of the bumps comic books reader have learn to dread and fear in the past 20 years -fortunately this is not the case. A great and fine comic book job between author and artist.

Oh, about the humor, I did laugh with this book -something I always expect from Ennis' works: the humor and the laughter it invites to.
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