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Preacher, Vol. 3: Proud Americans Paperback – October 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1ST edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563893274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563893278
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The Reverend Jesse Custer is a Texas minister who swears worse than a sailor and is not above killing people who get in his way. One might say he's lost his faith. No, he's just looking for God, and when he finds Him... Proud Americans is another sick and fun addition to the Preacher series. This book contains three story lines: One, a short tale about Custer's father in Vietnam. Two, a recounting of the transformation of Custer's Irish buddy Cassidy into a vampire and his coming to America. And three, the conclusion to the story begun in Preacher: Until the End of the World, the story of the angelic mafia (known as the Grail) who have come after Reverend Custer and the secret power inside him called "Genesis." --Jim Pascoe

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It was very funny how Ennis was making fun of powerful men.
Enrique Treviño and Yuliia Glushchenko
This is really a very good part of the story and, I dare say, the most important part of the TPB for those who are following the main story.
Ron Tothleben (tothleben@hotmail.com)
The third story is Cassidy telling Jesse about how he became a vampire and his coming to America.
N. Durham

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Likes2Read on September 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
I love Preacher and have no complaints with the content of the book, but I have a complaint about the paper quality of this volume.

My complaint is that this volume is, for some reason, printed on a noticeably cheaper grade of paper than the other volumes I have, which were printed on the nice glossy paper that all comics should be printed on. A few other Vertigo trade paperbacks I've ordered online recently have use this same grade of paper, is this some kind of cost-cutting measure that they've recently introduced? If the prices of the books were lowered accordingly, I wouldn't mind so much, but it's a little irritating to pay the same price as the volumes that have nice glossy paper and instead get the cheap phonebook-like paper.

I posted a question about this on the Vertigo message boards a couple of weeks ago, but I never got a response.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Fletcher on January 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
You can think of "Proud Americans" as a tasty comic hamburger, where the main story involving Jesse, Tulip, Cassidy and the Grail is the extra thick patty, coated with plenty of bright-colored oozing special sauce, all sandwiched between two toasty back stories buns.
This third helping of the Ennis and Dillon's "Preacher" begins with a flash-back to Vietnam where we learn more about Jesse's father and his influence on Jesse's current mission. Then we come back to the present and retrieve our good friend Cassidy from the clutches of the Grail (sort of like getting Solo back from Jabba in "Jedi"). In the third act of this graphic novel, we get a longish back story from Cassidy, about how he became a fanged-one, and how he made it to this side of the Atlantic.
The main thrust of "Proud Americans" is that we are nothing if we don't stand up for our friends, and that we should never allow ourselves to be led blindly into doing "the right thing". This is a great series, and I highly recommend it. I gave this one only four stars because I felt some of the second and third sections moved a little too slowly. Still, this is great stuff, and I'm eagerly looking forward to getting book 4.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "the_ninja" on February 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Proud Americans is a very good, and very, very funny Preacher graphic novel. It has some of the series funniest (as well as most violent) moments. This is Preacher at it's best. One thing Proud Americans is NOT is a good introduction to the story. If you've never read Preacher before, get Gone to Texas. Don't get this - you'll be really confused.
The first story is that of Jesse's fathers experience in Vietnam and is contained in a single issue. That issue is one of Preacher's all-time best. The story is very, very good and well-written, and it's great seeing how like his dad Jesse is. The rest of the book focuses on the events leading up to Jesse's confrontation with The Grail and the face-off between Jesse, Starr, and the Allfather. By the way, the Allfather's fate (that's all I'll say about it) is one of the series funniest single moments.
Proud Americans shows, again, that Preacher simply rules.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Emery on June 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
This volume has the biggest body count I've ever seen one man amass. The Saint of Killers gives a whole new meaning to "high body count." But beyond the incredible amount of blood in the main story, there's also the origin of how Cassidy became a vampire and how he came to be in America. (Not to mention we find out his hilarious first name!) And we finally learn the whole story behind "Genesis" So if all of this isn't a reason to buy this volume, I truly don't know what is!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most incredible treasures you can find out there in the comic market today. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon have acheived nothing short of a...miracle with Preacher. This compilation of ten Preacher comics following the "All in the Family" and "Hunters" story lines gives an in depth look into the relationships reverend Jesse Custer keeps with his (twisted) family, his blood sucking friend, and his one true love Tulip O'Hare. There's also a great forward by Chasing Amy/Clerks/Mallrats/Dogma writer and director Kevin Smith, who is an admitted obsessed fan of Preacher. In the All in the Family storyline, we learn why Jesse had to break away from Tulip so many years ago, and also what happened to his mother and father way back when. We learn of the perversions of farm-hand T.C., the killing sprees of family help Jody, the sick and twisted plots of Gran'ma, and the sad fate of boy hood friend Billy Bob and dog Duke. We see Jesse Custer get put through the grinder in a series of sinister and traumatizing events that would make the worlds biggest hero snap his own neck. Then we see Jesse get tough. In the Hunters story line, we witness the bonds of strength and friendship between a preacher from Texas with a angelic/demonic power trapped within him and an Irish vampire who's as old as the century. This is great stuff, anyone with any interest what so ever in the direction comics are headed in the future, or those who just want to check out something that'll really make yout think twice about what you've been told, should check it out. Do yourself a favor. Order it now. You won't regret it.
Kelii from Oahu
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