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Preacher VOL 01: Gone to Texas (Preacher (DC Comics)) Paperback – March 1, 1996

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Here's a book guaranteed to offend a bunch of people, not only because of its profuse profanity and graphic violence, but because it's the epitome of iconoclasm. Like a brutal accident, you can't watch but you can't turn away. The story follows an ex-preacher man, Jesse, who has become disgusted with God's abandoning of His responsibilities. So Jesse starts off into the wilds of Texas with his hitman girlfriend and new best friend (a vampire) to find God so that he can give Him a piece of his mind. Despite its superficial perversity, this book contains what may be the most moral character in mainstream comics. A cult hit in the making. Fans of Quentin Tarantino take note.


"Just about the best thing to come along since comics started finding their way into books."—The Washington Post

"Features more blood and blasphemy than any mainstream comic in memory. Cool."—Entertainment Weekly

"The most intense adult comic in ages."—Spin

"It will restore your faith. In comics."—The New York Daily News --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Preacher (DC Comics)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563892618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563892615
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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263 of 286 people found the following review helpful By Sam Thursday on August 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is an extremely difficult review for me to write. I'm an evangelical Christian, and, hard to believe as I'm sure it seems to a lot of people, I still think it's the best (and only) way. Preacher was going to be the enemy for a long time - that strange, pretentious book about a man of the cloth taking on God. And then I read Gone to Texas. And the next day, I read Until the End of the World. And the next day, I read Proud Americans. In case the pattern had escaped you, I had a very hard time putting these down. More to the point, I did not put them down, and have just finished Alamo. Did the book shake my faith? No. It made me think a great deal, and a great deal harder about things that had not previouly occurred to me. Was I offended by it? Sure. Find me someone who wasn't. Did I love every single page? You bet. The book has so much going for it that I probably won't be able to fit it in here - Ennis and Dillon did every single issue - that's NEVER been done before, as far as I know. You can start with Gone to Texas, and finish up at Alamo with a clear understanding of how each of them became better at what they do. It was smart without being pretentious, which put it head and shoulders above most of DC's Vertigo line - anyone can read it, anyone can understand it. Most importantly to me, though, the characters were as real as you or me. Ennis peppers the story with horrific violence and some incredibly disturbed images, but I wouldn't have batted an eyelash if I hadn't known that it was Tulip at gunpoint, or Jesse hanging out of the plane.Read more ›
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Diana Nier on March 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
My God, this is sick! It's also funny as hell, even though I still feel slightly disturbed that I actually laughed at some of the things that happen.
"Preacher: Gone to Texas," is the first of the trade paperback collections of the comics series. I haven't read any of the others, so I really have no idea what happens later, but after reading this first volume, I plan to buy the next ones in the very near future, and continue to not believe I'm laughing. This stuff is addictive.
From what I can tell so far, "Preacher" is the story of preacher Jesse Custer, his ex-girlfriend Tulip, and Cassidy, an Irish vampire. At some point, an angel and a demon had a child named Genesis. Genesis was a new idea, as powerful as God Almighty; it has escaped its heavenly prison and bonded with Jesse. Now Jesse, a moral person despite his many flaws, is searching for God. He plans to ask some serious questions.
"Gone to Texas" falls roughly into two parts. First there's the introduction, where we meet the three main characters, and others, such as the Saint of Killers. Then the three hitchhike to New York City, where they start looking for God and get involved in a serial murder case.
There are times when the gore and cursing get too thick, so they're tiresome instead of funny; that's why I'm not giving this five stars. Still, "Preacher" is one of the best comics I've read in a while, and I'm looking forward to the next collected volumes.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nick Morales on June 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I had a friend who had told me for years that I had to read Preacher, because it was one of the best comics he had ever read. I always just shrugged and said "Yeah, someday I will." So I finally got around to buying a copy of 'Gone to Texas' and I was simply blown away. I've always considered my self to be a comic book fan, not a hardcore collector of any sort, but a fan. When I began reading Preacher I could not bring myself to stop. So day after day I went to the local comic shop, picked up the next volume, and read it cover to cover. It is simply the best comic I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I wish I could forget all of it, just to read it and experience it all again. When I got to the last page, I felt a sense of completion but more of sadness, because I'd finished it. Immediately I began searching for more of Ennis and Dillon's work, and I've never, ever, done that before. I couldn't even name more than a handful of other comic book writers, but these two guys know how to do what everyone else in the business strives to do everyday: Get an idea across and get you to love it. But enough of my ranting, if you've read all the way through this review, then you're obviously interested, so do yourself a favor and get a copy of 'Gone to Texas', you won't regret it.
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Severian TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 10, 2007
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"Preacher" is brilliant and frustrating at the same time. The completely oddball plot involving conspiracies, angels, demons, vampires, possession, and a search for an absconded Yahweh certainly is an entertaining and occasionally stimulating mix of elements, and the three main characters are appealing, deep, and well written. The problems come from Garth Ennis' laziness as a scripter. First, unlike Neal Gaiman, who writes deep complex plots that reflect his erudition and research, Ennis is inclined to just sort of fake his way along and allude to theological and mythological concepts with which he has little familiarity and no motivation to learn more. So we have a story written about a renegade preacher, ancient secret conspiracies, and the politics of Heaven and Hell that is at times cartoonishly simple and at other times obtusely complex. The ultimate effect is not convincing, and the reader soon learns that the plot for any given installment of the series depends more on Ennis' moods than on any coherent storytelling impetus or overarching plotting. Think of it as the "Twin Peaks" of graphic novels, with the creator making stuff up as he goes along. The series is both choppy and ultimately unsatisfying as a result. We have the feeling that a lot of this stuff won't be tied up cogently, and sure enough, a lot of it isn't when all is said and done.

The other big problem with Ennis is his need to pay homage to pop junk culture. The violence, sex, profanity, and generally unpleasant vileness is often chucked into the series for no other point than to stroke the jaded cynicism of "extreme" media fans and to horrify the prudish. We see endless scenes of massacre, torture, and mutilation, which all has its place in art (and comics!
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