BOOK REVIEW- GARTH ENNIS & STEVE DILLON – PREACHER #3 PROUD AMERICANS 2004 D C COMICS. 

 

Third graphic novel in the Preacher series, introducing even more grotesque villains than before, especially the colossally fat and repulsive Allfather, D’Aronique. .  John Custer’s Irish vampire ally, Cassidy, was captured by the sinister Grail conspiracy, at the close of Book Two, and taking him to Massada, in France, they begin to experiment in seeing how much destruction and torture they can inflict on him, while setting him up as a trap for Custer, who quickly heads to France on a rescue mission, with his trigger happy girlfriend in tow for part of the journey at least.

 

Members of the Grail have their own agendas, apart from the main task of controlling Custer’s Genesis ability to use the Voice Of God to control them. With many of the foots-soldiers chosen for not being able to understand a word of English, his voice has limited potential to help him, but where special powers fail, big guns, and an angel who wants Custer to call off his search for God have their own need to protect him too.

 

Rescued, and back in the US, Cassidy explains to Custer how he became a vampire. He had been involved in Sinn Fein and IRA activity along with Michael Collins at the time of the Easter Rising in 1916, and found that betrayal had decimated the cause, leaving him a fugitive, hiding in the woods, where a vampire had attacked him. Finding that he was a loner both politically and in being less than human, Cassidy followed the many Irish who emigrated to the States, where he avoided commitment to any cause, or helping anyone, until Custer’s selfless efforts to rescue him from the Grail gave him a need to help people out again, and he pledges his support to Custer’s quest to find out why God has abandoned his creation.

 

Thoughtful, violent and funny. Only the marginal role played by the heroine, Tulip, (dismissed from the mission for her own safety by Custer) detracts from the proceedings in an increasingly fascinating series.

 

Arthur Chappell 

 

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