Written by Garth Ennis, drawn by Steve Dillon (except volume four) with covers by Glenn Fabry
In this Vertigo series we have our “hero” the Reverend Jesse Custer gaining god-like powers from this entity that enters his body one day. Jesse decides to find out why in the hell this happened to him and how the hell he can get rid of it, but there’s much much more to it than they initially lead you on to believe. Jesse travels around the world with his best gal, Tulip, and his best bud, Cassidy, who happens to be a vampire, to stop a corrupt member of a messed up sect of the Catholic church from taking over the world. That’s one of the best descriptions I can give without giving away plot lines, but in the end, Jesse’s goal is to find God so he can punch him in the face and give him a stern talking to, like any good Texan man would to someone who’s done him wrong.
The series was published in 66 issues from 1995-2000, and also had a four issue limited series revolving around the Saint of Killers character and 5 special issues.
The series complete and available in nine paperback volumes anywhere that books are sold. The series is also being re-released in Hardcover volumes.
Alright… I know the description was kind of muddled, and I probably got some stuff wrong there because I was trying not to give away plot lines, but this is one of the most hardcore and bad-ass comics I have ever read. I automatically place it up there with my favorite books of all time, and I recommend it to anyone who is mature enough and not offended by the anti-christian themes of the book (the nature of those themes could be debated, it’s more blasphemous than anti-christian). This is also a great starting point to get into mature comics and series from Vertigo. It’s not as long as some other series, and each volume is less than $20, so it’s less money to be spent than on other books.
There have been talks of turning the series into a movie, or a show for HBO or Showtime, but there hasn’t been any development on that as far as I know, but just in case, it’s always smart to be on top of things before that kind of stuff happens, and plus it’s just a plain old good series.
Oh, and if you are from Texas… Jesse is pretty much the epitome of the badass guy from Texas, and he’s even got John Wayne to back him up on that one.
There are nine TPB volumes and two of the HC re-releases:
1. Gone to Texas - $14.99
2. Until the End of the World - $14.99
3. Proud Americans - $14.99
4. Ancient History - $14.99
5. Dixie Fried - $14.99
6. War in the Sun - $17.99
7. Salvation - $17.99
8. All Hell’s A-Coming - $17.99
9. Alamo - $17.99