Friday, June 24, 2016

Reader's Diary #1326- Garth Ennis (writer) and Steve Dillon (artist): Preacher Book One

When Marilyn Manson first came on the scene with that Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) video, I admit being impressed. It was wildly different and unsettling. A few years later, I was still enjoying his antics, especially with that feminine body suit he wore on the Mechanical Animals CD. He seemed to be transforming and I was curious to see where this Bowie, Madonna, chameleon would go next. Alas, where he went next was sorely disappointing. He reverted back to his anti-Christianity goth schtick and became a caricature of himself, stuck in shock rock mode. And I don't know if I outgrew it or what happened, but I started to find most shock rock ironically boring. There's often just one main audience they seem to want to offend and more problematic, it's pointless and predictable, shock for the sake of shock, and ridiculously easy. Take off your pants and walk through a grocery store easy.

Unfortunately I felt this most of the time while reading Garth Ennis' Preacher Book One. The over-the-top depravity went from entertaining and compelling for his take on Christian mythology but far too quickly to boring. By the time I was introduced to the one-eyed product of incest and the chicken bestiality scene, I could hardly muster more than a "meh."

As for the art by Steve Dillon, it's barely more interesting. Looks like the standard pseudo-realism of superhero comics (though it's not a superhero tale). But, as the comics were drawn in the 90s, I did enjoy the old styles (Tulip looks like one of Wilson Philips at one point), and I was impressed at how he drew Jesse Custer (the main character) at different stages of his life, yet still looked like the same guy.

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