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Garth Ennis Just a Pilgrim Complete Hardcover Hardcover – March 31, 2009
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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‘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. …..
Carlos Ezquerra has done so many of these types of grungy, gritty comic books that he probably could’ve drawn ‘Pilgrim’ half-asleep. That said, his artwork is entirely in keeping with the tenor of ‘Pilgrim’, and the colors, done by Paul Mounts, are comprised of the browns and oranges and reds that you would expect to see on an Earth cooked dry by the Sun.
Summing up, if you like the idea of a mashup of the genres of spaghetti western and post-apocalyptic sci- fi, then ‘Pilgrim’ is well worth getting.
What should have been perfect Ennis plot, we are in a post-apocalyptic world where water has dissappeared from the Earth. Small bands of survivors try to make their way to rumored outposts while dodging barbarians along the way. It's a sort of Grapes of Wrath meets Mad Max. In the middle of it we have The Pilgrim. A religous fanatic with a dark past a remarkable propensity for violently eliminating bad guys.
Those who know Ennis know these are all his sweet spots. Unfortunately those who know Ennis probably rolled their eyes at the "religous" part. See Ennis is a Northen Ireland Atheist who revels in highly missappropriate alignment of religous tropes to violence. While this worked in landmark work The Preacher he tends to over extend his reach here. The religous angel is just that...an angel. But one that is so sharp that it juts out and stabs at you every other page to the point of distraction. You get the feeling that Ennis wrote large sections just to piss off those who have faith. And this drive overshadows the great story, the great writing, even the great artwork by Ezquerra.
To me Ennis is at his best when he is writing apart from whatever scars he has from a child raised in the most religous area of the UK. His work on say Punisher MAX is soooooo very good and so bereft of Christian condemnation that you forget he has tendencies. Another good example is he Boys...with its over the top raunchy take on Superheroes, where laughter, myrth, sex, and violence are all put into the toilet bowl and flushed with surprisingly pleasing results. Even with its heavy religous overtones The Preacher is still one of the titles I recommend to people interested in comics.
But the sense of balance is missing in The Pilgrim and in the end Ennis comes off like what he condemns; an overly judgemental, oppressive, preachy person who uses the words of the Bible to justify their own personal world view. Still one of my favorite authors, but this was one of his poorer showings.
Also, note that the product literally fell a part after reading; apparently the adhesive used in the binding was not made for every day reading.
Most recent customer reviews
even get all the way through. The stories weren't bad. The Art was excellent.