5.0 out of 5 stars Seems like salvation
After the climatic events in War in the Sun, Garth Ennis decided to give the Preacher series a much needed shift in gears to keep the story from becoming more bungled. We catch up with Jesse and his pooch Skeeter in the town of Salvation where he runs in with his childhood friend Billy Bob's (see Until the End of the World) sister Lorie. He also meets a mysterious older...
Published on April 20 2003 by N. Durham
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting A Little Stale...
Salvation is a detour from the main Preacher storyline. That's not necessarily a bad thing. It's just that there is absolutely nothing new here at all. Custer goes to a small texas town and takes care of the bad guys. So what? In the process, Ennis espouses the same old predictable, tired themes...Be nice to misfits and people who look funny...Nazis are bad, bad bad...
Published on Sept. 27 1999 by Jonathan Dixon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seems like salvation,
This review is from: Preacher VOL 07: Salvation (Paperback)After the climatic events in War in the Sun, Garth Ennis decided to give the Preacher series a much needed shift in gears to keep the story from becoming more bungled. We catch up with Jesse and his pooch Skeeter in the town of Salvation where he runs in with his childhood friend Billy Bob's (see Until the End of the World) sister Lorie. He also meets a mysterious older woman named Jodie who he has more in common with than he thinks, and eventually he becomes sherrif of the town. He also runs into vile businessman Odin Quincannon who gives the term "meat lover" a new definition, and he also gets to tangle with the KKK. And, last but certainly not least, Jesse finally finds out what happened to him in the desert, and what happened to his eye. Ennis' storytelling is at his usual best, but Steve Dillon's usually great art isn't at it's best here, but it's still above average. All in all, Salvation is a nice diversion from the series' nearly convulted storytelling, and this sets up the pivotal events that would come in the next chapter All Hell's A Comin', and the finale Alamo.
5.0 out of 5 stars Precisely the tune-up the series needed !,
This review is from: Preacher VOL 07: Salvation (Paperback)I think this volume is exactly what the series needed. A nice diversion of the things that were going on so far. A little break from the bombastic story it was turning into. But most of all, back to the typical bizarre-humor-action Ennis writing that hasn't been this good since volume 2 (the collection about Jesse's childhood in Angelville).
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Next to "Untill the end of the World" this is probably the best collection of the series. It's a little less forced than several of the trades that have gone (shortly) before and Ennis lets himself go to just tell an entertaining story. Some things are uncovered, but never forced. Ennis goes all out putting humor in the clash between Jesse and 'The Meatman'. If you haven't read a Preacher collection yet don't get this though ! Start with "Gone of Texas (volume 1), because with this series it's highly neccesary to read the collections in order.
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing chapter in the Preacher saga,
This review is from: Preacher VOL 07: Salvation (Paperback)With the feel of a mini-series rather than being part of the on-going series, Salvation is one of the best storylines in the Preacher story. Writer Garth Ennis places his usual black humour, graphic violence and good versus evil themes in a more relaxed tale than regular Preacher readers are used to. The epic, grandiose scale of previous stories such as War In The Sun are replaced by several issues of the monthly comic centered around Jesse Custer's period as sheriff of a small backwoods town named Salvation. Jesse needs to reflect upon the cataclysmic events in his life and step back from the manic lifestyle he had shared with his girlfriend Tulip and best buddy Cassidy, both of whom are not featured directly in this volume. Jesse's influence on Salvation eventually sees the departure of the vile and corrupt local businessman Odin Quincannon and the return to law and order and a safer way of life for the town's citizens. Along the way, Jesse reunites unexpectedly with his mother. He also gives up the chance of a relationship with his attractive female deputy after the realisation that despite everything, he is still in love with Tulip. He shares another conversation with the ghost of John Wayne and, after leaving Salvation, has a drug-induced meeting with God, a truly momentous event that serves to drive forward the next chapter of the Preacher story (featured in the next Preacher graphic novel, All Hell Breaks Loose). The final tale in this volume concentrates on John Custer, Jesse's father, and how he won the Medal Of Honor during the Vietnam War. Although not connected directly to the main Preacher story, it also has the same reflective tone as the Salvation-set tale. Proving that Garth Ennis can write meaningful, less dramatic stories equally as well as his trademark sensationalism, and complimented by regular artist Steve Dillon's outstanding work, Salvation will please all fans of the series. Also included in this volume is my favourite Preacher cover (of issue 45) by cover artist Glen Farby, an outstanding piece of artwork in its own right.
5.0 out of 5 stars now this I like...,
This review is from: Preacher VOL 07: Salvation (Paperback)I hate bookstores. Every time I try to read a series in order, I run into odd gaps in bookstores' shelf stocks, and I end up reading things all out of order. For example, I planned to read "Preacher" in order, buying each volume from a local comics shop, but when I applied for a job at Borders, I happened to look at the graphic novel section. And there they sat: "Gone to Texas," "Salvation," and "All Hell's A-Coming." Any sign of the volumes in between? Noooo... I have no willpower when it comes to books, so I bought "Salvation" and "All Hell's A-Coming," and all my plans of actually following continuity went straight out the window. Oh well. This has never impaired my enjoyment of other series, and I guess it won't matter much now.
"Salvation" is the seventh collected trade paperback volume of "Preacher, and is apparently a departure from much of the earlier storyline. Following an epic confrontation in which Jesse loses his left eye, and Tulip goes off with Cassidy, Jesse is confused about his mission and his understanding of the world. While trying to find his purpose, he spends some time as the sheriff of Salvation, a small town in western Texas. Jesse soon angers Odin Quincannon, the crazed and crooked owner of a local meat plant, whose efforts to kill Jesse fill most of "Salvation." There are also subplots involving a former Nazi, a woman from Jesse's past, and Cindy, the deputy sheriff. After Jesse leaves Salvation, he reaches the Pacific and takes peyote in an effort to remember what happened to his eye. He remembers, and apparently makes a vital discovery about God's motives and fears.
The violence is a trifle more restrained, though Ennis and Dillon don't shy away from showing plenty of sexual perversions. I personally think Quincannon's particular obsession might have been better left unrevealed; I imagined many things much more disturbing than what Ennis and Dillon finally show, which probably tells you more about me than you really need to know. "Salvation" also contains numerous references to Westerns and the myth of America, which sound slightly out of place in the mouths of Americans, but I can easily forgive that lapse, since the story as a whole is so fun.
Yes, "Salvation" is quieter than "Gone to Texas," but is that really a bad thing? As my band director used to say, unchanging fortissimo gets old fast; you need to vary the volume and tempo to get the full effect of the exciting bits. And soft is good in its own right, anyway. (Besides that, "Salvation" is only quiet in comparison to the rest of "Preacher." Compared to a lot of other literature, it's still incredibly violent and graphic.)
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fine Addition to the Preacher Saga,
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This review is from: Preacher VOL 07: Salvation (Paperback)Out of all 8 of the Preacher collections I truly found this one to be the best. Ennis and Dillon have always been great and though they may have been hard pressed to top War In the Sun, somehow they managed to succeed with a story that brought Reverend Jesse Custer back to his routes. Sure we all love Tulip and Cassidy (well, maybe not so much Cassidy any more) and even though they were abscent from the book, (along with Arseface and Starr) the Salvation storyline was a nice break from main storyline. This book contained all the violence and black humor that Preacher is known for and probably the most twisted villian Ennis has ever come up with. If you are a Preacher fan, this is a must and though the first part of Salvation deviates from the main story line, by the end, you will finally get to find out what happened to Jesse's eye at the end of War in the Sun.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of all the Preacher collections,
This review is from: Preacher VOL 07: Salvation (Paperback)I have finally read all eight collected Preacher graphic novels and number seven (Salvation) stands out as the best.
The comedy, violence, and drama is mixed so well that as Kevin Smith said ( and I paraphrase) , this is more fun than going to the movies. I love the character of Tulip but this was a nice break from the normal story and it allowed the reader to get back in touch with what Jesse Custer is all about. In a new situation he still stands tall as a great western character.
4.0 out of 5 stars Preacher: Salvation,
This review is from: Preacher VOL 07: Salvation (Paperback)Salvation deffinently isn't the best in the series, but it wasn't bad. It isn't a very importent one to read, having very little to do with the overall plot. but i love the preacer series and am deffinently looking forward to the next one coming out.
4.0 out of 5 stars Even without the gang....,
This review is from: Preacher VOL 07: Salvation (Paperback)Seems to be a mixed reaction to this story. Personly I enjoyed it a lot, the new charaters like Jesse's mom and Cindy are very good and Quincannon is a good bad guy so I'm giving it a 4 but I'm geting a very X-files feel to the series. It appears to move without ever going anywhere and if the next one is the same then I going to rate it much lower.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book,
This review is from: Preacher VOL 07: Salvation (Paperback)A while ago whilst I was reading reprints of Preacher in a British comic, I came across a letter that said that the latter part of Preacher was getting boring. Rubbish! Absolutely not! Salvation is an excellent read. Yeah like "Ancient History" and "Dixie Fried", it doesnt add much to the ongoing plot elements, but as a standalone story itself it is a cracking read. Those people who go on about Preacher going stale now need their heads testing. Preacher has never been better.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Preacher yet!,
This review is from: Preacher VOL 07: Salvation (Paperback)Simply astounding that some critics feel this the least of the Preacher story arcs to date! Writer Ennis is still perfectly comfortable writing this incredible character in fascinating, if decadent situations. This time out we get to meet Jesse's delightful and utterly enchanting mother, a creature inspired by the painting of Wyeth. Other new enticements include Cindy, the female deputy sheriff; Lorie, the cyclopean girl with an unexpected perspective on the world; Skeeter, the cuddly mongrel whose loyalty and obedience to Jesse proves to be more than merely a life enhancement; and the entirely despicable Odin Quincannon, whose personal perversion intrigues, while it disgusts. Writing such complex characters at this level of sophistication is no easy feat, but Mr. Ennis does so masterfully. Steve Dillon's art perfectly catches the nuances of the characters and their setting. This is truly a virtuoso performance and truly a grand reading experience. Preacher is not for everyone, certainly; but if you love a superb story well told and are not offended by the seamier side of life, there's little better.
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Preacher VOL 07: Salvation by Garth Ennis (Paperback - Sept. 1 1999)
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