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11) Preacher [#5]: Dixie Fried, by Garth Ennis

Back to the main narrative of this series of graphic novels, with our heroes in a comparatively tightly plotted narrative arc which takes them to New Orleans. I am enjoying the development of the relationship between Jesse (the eponymous preacher), girlfriend Tulip and vampire friend Cassidy, but still a bit squicked by the graphic violence. I wonder if Les Enfants du Sang were a deliberate homage to BtVS: Lie to Me.


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Aug. 25th, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)
I think they're more comments on gothdom in general - the poet type was seen as a Neil Gaiman analogue at the time, I believe.

I read Preacher when it originally came out and enjoyed it - but it was only when I read it all in one go (well, over three days) that I realised how tightly the themes of friendship and growing up and bound up in it - Cassidy's biggest flaw is that he was turned into a vampire aged 16 and is thus stuck behaving like a teenager nearly a hundred years later...
Aug. 26th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, the poet is a dead ringer for Gaiman!
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Aug. 25th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC)
Just checked dates. Issues 27-33 of Preacher were published July 1997 to January 1998. Lie to Me aired November 1997. Unless Garth was seeing episodes before they aired there's no way he could have seen the episode before even the last issue was written.
Aug. 25th, 2007 09:40 am (UTC)
I was just about to post this. I think it was a case of parallel responses to material that was etxremely visible in the cultural atmosphere - Eccarius, the original vampire who inspired Les Enfants, is a blatnat and malicious Anne Rice parody.

I would suggest to Nicholas, though, that he keeps Buffy in mind as he reads on through Preacherr, as the development of an emotional arc which just commenced is similar enough to much later developments in Buffy to make me wonder about conscious influence, or at least plan to someday write a lengthy critical comparison.
Aug. 25th, 2007 10:09 am (UTC)
I, for one, would find that essential reading.
Aug. 26th, 2007 09:02 am (UTC)
As would I.
Aug. 26th, 2007 09:01 am (UTC)
I thought the introduction of one of the volumes, in which the guest writer hypothesized that God was a fan of the series, was amusing. Dixie Fried has to be my favorite volume, since it has Cassidy's snarky prints all over it.

Also, though rather off topic, I have not been as good keeping up with your entries as I should be. So, apologies if you have already posted about this little controversy. Your opinion?
Aug. 26th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
Did you know, by the way, that an anagram of Jesse Custer is Secret Jesus?
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