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Preacher VOL 09: Alamo (Preacher (DC Comics)) Paperback – May 1, 2001

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Book 9 of 9 in the Preacher Series

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About the Author

GARTH ENNIS is the award-winning writer of Preacher, Hellblazer, Hitman and Judge Dredd. Much in demand for his hard-edged, wickedly humorous style, recently returning to Hellblazer for a special 5-part story arc. STEVE DILLON's work on Hellblazer and Preacher has pushed him to the forefront of UK artists now working in the USA. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Preacher (DC Comics)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563897156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563897153
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,154 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 17, 2003
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For five and a half years it has led up to this. Jesse Custer's confrontation with God is coming full circle, as is the fates of all the characters who have gone through more character development in that aforementioned span than some comic characters go through in a decade. All the oddly written characters we have grown to love and hate like Jesse, Tulip, Cassidy, Herr Starr, The Saint of Killers, and Arseface meet their respective fates in big ways; ranging from Starr seeking his revenge on Jesse, to Jesse's showdown with Cassidy, to The Saint of Killers' war on heaven, and everything in between. By the end of Alamo, long time readers of the series will feel satisfied of most of the outcomes, and even though it is sad to see the Preacher series come to an end, it is good to know that the series didn't re-hash itself every twenty four issues and kept the storyline on one true track during the entire run. Let it also be noted that Preacher creators; writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, stayed on for the entire Preacher run. That in itself is an accomplishment in the comic industry as they brought readers some of the most unforgettable characters and one of the most engrossing sagas in the modern comic age. Rumor has it (straight out of Wizard Magazine) that a Preacher re-launch is in the works, but time will tell. I also strongly suggest Ennis and Dillon's Punisher TPB for Marvel Comics; even if you've never had an interest in that character you should read the re-invention of him by the Preacher duo, it is pure genius.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By a reader on October 20, 2006
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The series started out with a simple premise (sort of): God quit; Jesse's gonna teach him a lesson. Then the events of Dixie Fried set up another conflict: Jesse vs. Cassidy. And throughout it all, the battle of the sexes raged on, via Jesse's desire to see Tulip unharmed vs. her independent streak. Alamo resolves one of the three conflicts in a very satisfactory manner, leaves one of them sort of hanging, and all but writes off the third.

If you read the series because you wanted to see Jesse take on The Almighty, you're in for a bit of disappointment. After all the buildup, the resolution of that conflict is resolved, as other reviewers have said, in a somewhat contrived way, through flashbacks and deus ex machinas (no pun intended). Furthermore, it leaves some MAJOR plot points unaddressed.

But if in reading the series, you grew to appreciate -- as I did -- the complex relationship of the three main characters, then Alamo's very satisfying and memorable. Though less flashy than the divine showdown, the interpersonal conflict actually actually most directly with the series' most important themes: forgiveness and salvation.

As the Saint of Killers said, back before he became what he is, "Why can a man not turn to doing good, without the Lord getting all mixed up in it?"
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brett Johnson on June 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I picked up the first volume of Preacher over a year ago, and have read every installment since. What attracted me was the humor and reputation, but I didn't really know what to expect. I'll admit that Alamo, the end of the series, was not what I expected. The series had occasional moments of importance, but for the most part, it was a funny, violent romp. The ending, however, was extremly touching. I won't assume Ennis's motivations, but to me, Alamo changed my view of the whole series. At first glance, most of the series follows Jesse Custer, the Preacher. But Alamo reveals that Cassidy, the vampire, may be the strongest character. Much like The Shawshank Redemption is focused on Tim Robbins's character, while Morgan Freeman's character is the moral center. But I'll let you draw your own opinions. Read this.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By wogglr on April 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
It seems only fitting that a work as wide in scope and broad in character as Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's epic 'Preacher' series should end up in a place so resonant with and characteristic of American ( especially the Southern United States) history as the Alamo. With the penultimate volume ( 'All Hell's a coming') re-revving the series into high gear and letting readers know that it was time to put all the cards on the table and bring it all to an explosive climax, this volume delivers on all counts- bringing what has been a refreshingly brilliant, funny, action-packed, thoughtful and adrenaline soaked series to it's deservedly satisfying finish. The way that issues are resolved with all characters is engrossing and the final 'money shot' that the entire run has been leading up to and hinting at is worth every penny.
If you haven;t read Preacher yet, or haven't read the whole saga, now is the time; you won;t regret spending the money on something that you will re-read again and again. LIke Warren Ellis's 'Planetary' stories , this is modern comic story-telling in it's purest form.
Thank you Garth and Steve for such a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable comic-book series.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Timothy W. Lieder on August 22, 2010
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This started out as a fine series, but by the end of it there really wasn't much to do with it. The characters had become static - or they were static all along. The danger was non-existent. There really wasn't much more Ennis could do to Starr by way of torturing the poor guy. The last descendent of Jesus was dead 40 issues back and the whole "Let's go confront God and make him pay for his crimes" story had fizzled out into nothing. Apparently God is just a needy bastard who made humans to love him with free will and Jesse cannot abide by that. Neither can the Saint of the Killers. God is a feminized Jesus figure throughout and the big tough hombres are going to show their stuff.

Anyhow, this storyline drags itself over too many chapters. Really only a few things have to happen. Jesse has to confront Cassidy about past misdeeds. Starr has to gather his men for one last revenge and the Saint of the Killers and God need to have a chat. And Jesse and Tulip need to reconcile one last time. The fact that Ennis could tell this thing in 2-3 issues doesn't stop him from going on and on. Mostly he fills his spaces with Starr being cranky and Starr's assistants talking about him. Cassidy and Jesse do have a conversation. And then they have a fist fight. And that goes about as well as you expect. The macho posturing feels old. Tulip gets angry because again Jesse tries to leave her out of the actin.

It's just too little plotting for too much space. And this volume also suffers from being the last so Ennis really has to end that story with God but since he never had much use for that overarching tale, the conclusion is as unsastisying as you'd expect.

Tired and worn out, The Preacher limped to a dreary little conclusion and you might have to byy it just to see how it ends, but I would recommend just letting this entire series fall away around the 4th collection.
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