One of the best graphic novels ever created has, after many failed attempts, finally made it to our television screens. For every successful comic adaptation such as Daredevil, there is is always turds like Constantine. Which category will Preacher fall in to? Let’s close our eyes, cross our fingers and toes and dive in head-first to find out.
For those who don’t know, Preacher is a comic book by pioneers Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon which tells of disenchanted preacher Jesse Custer who, along with Cassidy, an Irish Vampire and bad-ass ex-girlfriend Tulip, seeks revenge on God for abandoning his post in heaven and relinquishing his duties. Dominic Cooper plays our cigarette-smoking, whiskey-drinking , struggling Texan preacher, while his two future companions are given entertaining and uber-violent introductions. Fellow Brit Joseph Gilgun hams it up as the smack-talking, blood-guzzling vampire, Cassidy in a comedic, weapon-filled, and blood-soaked battle against a group of coked-up vampire hunters. We meet Ruth Negga as the tough, ultra resourceful Tulip in a fabulous, fast-paced fight scene that involves death by corn ear, arts and craft bomb-making with kids and burning helicopters.
Comic book-style cutaways stay true to the original; we are shown the mysterious orb flying from space to earth attempting to find a compatible host. The welcome and necessary involvement of fan-favourite character Arseface is of course going to be a crowd pleaser and the introduction of lesser know characters such as Fiore and LeBlanc make it seem as though the show will not drift too far from source material.
A die-hard Preacher fan, I held some severe reservations about this adaptation, but some, not all, of my fears were put to rest with the over-the-top ultra-violence of our introduction. This version of the tale has a very different vibe to it than the one portrayed in the novel, but with Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg behind the story and taking the directors’ chair for the premier episode, one can only hope that the next 9 are this good.
Dir: Seth Rogan & Evan Goldberg
Scr: Sam Catlin
Cast: Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Lucy Griffiths, W. Earl Brown, Tom Brooke, Anatol Yusef, Ian Colletti
Prd: Matt Tauber
Runtime: 60 Minutes