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Preacher VOL 04: Ancient History Paperback – March 1, 1998
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"Saint Of Killers" follows the origin of Jesse's most powerful and terrifying enemy yet. This four-part story explains how a mean-spirited bounty hunter became an immortal one-man kill machine. A superb, compelling and disturbing story of a man who was so mean that hell had to spit him out.
"The Good Old Boys" Displays a few days in the extraordirinary lives of Jesse's sick, twisted and thoroughly unpleasant uncles out in the swamps of Texas. It's a wonderfully clever and witty (and bloody and gory...) spoof of all those OTT action movies, starring two of the comic's most enduring characters.
Finally, "The Story of You-Know-Who" is much darker fare. No vampires, no angels, no demons nor cowboys, just the backstory of the poor disfigured teenager called "Arseface" and the terrible chain of events which led to his attempted suicide. A bit of a shock to the system if you read "Good Old Boys" first.
A superb spin-off collection which, despite losing Steve Dillon's superb artwork, is a must-have for anyone with a strong stomach and a taste for dark humour.
A different set of artists is used for each story. (In one story about the Saint of Killers - the backup artist couldn't meet the deadline and a backup-backup artist had to be called in to finish the story!).
The stories vary in quality - particularly in the drawing and coloring. The plots concern background information about the Saint of Killers and Arse-face. Whereas the main Preacher storyline is brilliant, this particular collection is just average.
I recommend buying it if, like me, you have to own every Preacher graphic novel. If you are not so obsessive, then rest assured that you can continue to enjoy the Preacher series without reading this collection.
The two origin stories speak to the past pain and anger that the Saint and Arseface experienced, and how these emotions molded their desire to mete out vengeance. Saint is the `simpler' of the two characters. As Ennis himself acknowledges in his excellent Foreward, Saint is the virtual embodiment of the Clint Eastwood movie-western archetype, an innately violent man unable to contain the demons within when the good in him vanishes. Arseface, however, is painted with a subtler brush: a sad and isolated loner whose physiological transformation `triggers' (pardon the pun) a paradoxically sunnier and more violent outlook on life. Note also how Arseface comes to relate and sympathize with the things he most fears. Although these tales are both downers, the book finishes with a rousing send-off, thanks to the fanciful "Good Ole Boys." The unlikeliest of heroes save the day and get the girl, and, er, dog. A bumbling Middle Eastern terrorist who utters a constant stream of scatological malapropisms `leads' the bad guys. People (and animals) are killed, mutilated, and abused. Hilarious, violent, offensive, politically incorrect; in short, Ennis at his crackling best.
For the first time in the series, Dillon is not involved with the art.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some needed backstory, cool. But no momentum is lost. The pages still go BOOM!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Yup, that's some history all right. Want to know the origins of the Saint of Killers? This is your volume.Published 24 months ago by Swank Ivy
Though raised on mostly Marvel comics in general, and the X-Men in particular, this series is far and away the most wonderful story every committed to the panel & bubble-text... Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by Thomas Michael Icenogle
I love the backstory of the Saint of Killers so much I'm working on a concept album based on it. This makes this the volume I've read over and over, though it's basically all his... Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by MMJ
I was all prepared to hate this volume.
I mean...no Custer? No Tulip? N-n-n-n-o Cassidy, the world's coolest and most inebriated vampire? Read more
This tome collects a few stories that do not really advance the dramatic storyline of the whole series. ¿Do you need to read it in order to understand the whole saga? Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Adrian
I had read the series before I did like it. bought the set for a good friend who also really liked the series.Published on December 13, 2012 by DB9
Being a huge fan of Preacher, I, of course, own all the volumes. This is probably my least favorite. Read morePublished on April 12, 2012 by Abe Bagoda