TV Review: Preacher – A Dark and Twisted Dramedy With a Side Of Faith

After a long wait, Preacher finally comes to the small screen. Since Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic book series, Preacher, came out in 1995, people have been wanting either […]

After a long wait, Preacher finally comes to the small screen.

Since Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic book series, Preacher, came out in 1995, people have been wanting either a TV show or movie based on it. There have been talks of it for years, and now it has made it to AMC, thanks in part to showrunner and actor Seth Rogan. Rogan, along with writer/director/producer Evan Goldberg, have taken the series and opened it up to a wider audience.

Preacher is a twisted and dark supernatural comedy/drama that centers around Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a small town Preacher with a checkered past. He has come to fulfill a promise to his father and be the local preacher. Eventually, he is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows anyone to do as Jesse commands. He is joined by his ex-girlfriend, who is also a hit-woman, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and hard-drinking Irish vampire Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun). As Jesse learns more about his newly found powers, there are forces that are trying to get the entity back. Even if it means killing Jesse to obtain it.

I got a chance to check out the first 4 episodes, and I’m truly blown away.  Preacher isn’t a direct adaptation of the comic. The comic takes place mostly on the road, while the show takes place in a small Texas town. There is also a slower pacing for the build up of the plot and characters, but it works. Preacher is seriously not for the faith of heart. There is a sick and twisted humor throughout the series. Personally, I loved it.

Cooper and Negga a so on point with their characters, but it’s Gilgun as Cassidy that totally steals the show. Just about every scene with Cassidy in it, I was cracking up so hard. Just brilliant casting here. And then there’s Ian Colletti, who plays Eugene AKA Arseface. Yes, they went there. It would have not been a proper Preacher series with Arseface.

Like I said before, I only watched the first 4 episodes, so I only got a little taste. But I have to tell you, I’m hooked. I honestly can’t wait to see where they got with this series.  It’s going to be one hell of a ride.

Preacher premieres Sunday, May 22 at 10 p.m. Eastern on AMC (moves to Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern on June 5)

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.