People will take what they want from it, but PREACHER was always about friendship to me. Yeah, sure, it's got its fair share of religious zealots, gun-toting madmen, dick jokes, and enough corpses to stage a production of Gallipoli, but these are just to sell the cheap seats. It's the relationship between Jesse Custer, the titular preacher, and his two road mates, Cassidy and Tulip, that really makes this piece work.
So, it's kind of fitting that PROUD AMERICANS, the third volume in the series, should begin with a short story of Jesse's father from his Vietnam days told by an old war buddy. If you read the last volume of PREACHER, you know by now that Cassidy is in the hands of Herr Starr and The Grail and is being used to trap Jesse - whom they believe is the returned Messiah. With nothing but the word of God and a good John Wayne impression, Jesse puts it all on the line in an attempt to save his friend's life.
Although, at this point, I should mention that Cassidy is, uh, dead already since he's kind of a vampire. Technically speaking, you know? I guess he can "die". Sort of.
Ah, screw the review.
The dick jokes are pretty funny.
Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.