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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 76

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at a special St. Patrick’s Day issue of the Boys.

Enjoy!

Profanity ahead! Be warned!

Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson do a nice job at looking at the reaction that some Irish folk have to St. Patrick’s Day, in a recent issue of their comic, The Boys #27.

The concept of the comic is that an undercover operative is meeting his boss at a bar in New York on St. Patrick’s Day. His boss is hanging out in the bar waiting for him to show up.

Also, interestingly enough, it certainly is heavily implied that this is Proinsias Cassidy from Preacher.

I suppose the “moment” for me would be the “Fuck Off” on the head.

Just a nice scene altogether.

29 Comments

Pronsias?

Is that Cassidy, or is it just a nod to Preacher?

Chris

Was that supposed to be Cassidy? I just thought the name was a nod to Preacher, I didn’t think it was the same character.

Beaten, almost verbatim, hehe

Tom Fitzpatrick

March 18, 2009 at 5:26 am

Another funny scene is someone vomitting green stuff over their St. Paddy’s t-shirt (sacrilege!).

I kept expecting “fangs” to appear, but alas, no, I guess the vampire is only human.

I don’t think they’re meant to be the same guy. Proinsias is just a name of Irish people.

Ennis comes just shy of flat-out saying it is him, but it’s pretty much him.

PREACHER SPOILERS FOLLOW!!

At the end of Preacher, Cassidy is once again human.

So this is almost certainly Ennis giving us an update on what Cassidy has been doing since he became human, hence the weight gain and the aging (and the whole “owning a bar in New York” thing, which would be exactly what Cassidy would do, no?).

Same name, same basic appearance, same attitude and the kicker, Cassidy even said he wanted to open a bar called the Grassy Knoll (in Dallas, granted, but New York fits Cassidy better). It’s about as definitive as you can get without Ennis actually saying, “it is him!”

It’s moments like this that keep me coming back to The Boys.

I really need to steal Preacher from someone. I don’t care one way or the other on the mild spoiler, but man, that was a good series. Can’t wait to see its cool moments!

Sorry, I’m an utter moron. i completely missed your last line about the heavy implication.

Can’t wait for Vol 4 to come out. i might well start picking this up monthly after that.

Chris

if the character is suppose to be Cassidy.Garth proably can not reveal it out right with out getting into trouble with dc. loved the way the boys just sit there and talk as thigns go on around them. cool moment and found the f u at the as Garth being Garth

“if the character is suppose to be Cassidy.Garth proably can not reveal it out right with out getting into trouble with dc”

Well there is that and also, I don’t think Ennis would want to distract from the main story. If you know Preacher, you’ll appreciate the implication, if you don’t then it’s still just a funny moment. I loved the axe.

Chris

I didn’t remember the bar name from Preacher, but knowing that, it works for me.

I guess it’s part of Cassidy’s new life as a human that he isn’t ashamed of his first name anymore, like he was in Preacher.

I don’t think Ennis would “get in trouble with DC” if he said “Yeah, it’s Cassidy from Preacher.” Unless I’m remembering incorrectly, wasn’t Preacher owned by Ennis and Dillon?

Anyway, it’s a nice touch. Cassidy was the first thing I thought of when I saw the name “Proinsias,” which I’ve never seen anywhere else (and don’t know how to pronounce).

Fuck, Cassidy!

I read that issue and thought: “Well, that was thin…” Now, of course, it´s taken on a whole new meaning for me.

Where’s the ‘heavy implication’ that this bartender is Cassidy, apart from both having the same first name? I’m not seeing it. Didn’t see it when I read the book, either.

I kept expecting “fangs” to appear, but alas, no, I guess the vampire is only human.

Plus, in Preacher, Cassidy didn’t actually have classic vampire-style fangs.

Where’s the ‘heavy implication’ that this bartender is Cassidy, apart from both having the same first name?

See Comment #6

FunkyGreenJerusalem

March 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm

I’m not sure I see it as Cassidy at all.
Doesn’t look a thing like him, hair colour isn’t even the same, and doesn’t really say anything to let us know what’s happened since…

If the only connection is the name Proinsias – which although (surely) not common isn’t unheard of (apparently the Irish form of Francis).
It could just be he chose the name to help contrast real Irish with the ‘American Irish’ – which is celebrating St. Patricks Day or claiming your Irish because you live in Boston, and someone in your family three generations back was Irish.
(Dylan Moran on how to deal with that if you are Irish @ 3:25 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6K8yfQYOTQ&feature=related although the rest is worth watching).

Also, didn’t he do the ‘Fuck Off’ in the beer in Punisher, around the issue where Detective Soap slept with his mum?
I mean if he’s re-using a gag, why wouldn’t he also re-use a name?

“If the only connection is the name Proinsias – which although (surely) not common isn’t unheard of (apparently the Irish form of Francis).”

Did you read Cronin’s comment above? In Preacher Cassidy said he’d like to open a pub called “Grassy Knoll”, and here we have an Irish character with the same (not so common) first name running a pub called “Grasy Knoll”. And he’s even acting like Cassidy would. So it’s pretty obvious Ennis is is implying it’s Cassidy. If he looks different, that’s just because it’s a different artist drawing him, plus him being a human now, he would’ve aged since the end of Preacher.

Shinydan Howells

March 19, 2009 at 8:19 am

Chuckled to see “Careful Now” on Prosinias’ t-shirt. And I don’t know any of the comics involved, but how many people do you know called Prosinias?

I’d say that he might look far too buff to be Cassidy, but considering he was used to being supernaturally strong it would make sense that he’d be hitting the gym now that he’s human.

I remember one issue of Punisher where the bartender from Hitman was seen in the background. It wasn’t implying that the scene took place in Gotham, just an Easter egg for people who pay attention.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

March 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Did you read Cronin’s comment above? In Preacher Cassidy said he’d like to open a pub called “Grassy Knoll”, and here we have an Irish character with the same (not so common) first name running a pub called “Grasy Knoll”.
And he’s even acting like Cassidy would. So it’s pretty obvious Ennis is is implying it’s Cassidy. If he looks different, that’s just because it’s a different artist drawing him, plus him being a human now, he would’ve aged since the end of Preacher.

Okay, so it’s got the same bar name and same character name – get your nerd on and geek out.

But acting like Cassidy would?
No he isn’t.
That’s just acting like any Ennis stand in Irish character acts in any number of books.
Like the one in Punisher who put the ‘Fuck Off’ in the beer, or any of the Irishmen from his Hellblazer.
Also doesn’t look like Cassidy at all, even with the weight gain.
Hell, I know this is pure speculation, but it could well have just been Robertson gave it that bar name – that’s how little of a connection there is otherwise
I doubt it was meant to be ‘Everything turns out alright for him’ and more a throwaway joke.
(A joke which actually kills the joke – the only point to the bar name was to offend people, and it loses context in NYC).

I can only assume Ennis was thinking “heh, this’ll drive ‘em nuts” when he was writing that scene.

“Chuckled to see “Careful Now” on Prosinias’ (sic) t-shirt. And I don’t know any of the comics involved, but how many people do you know called Prosinias (sic)?”

Heh, missed that on actually reading the issue! “Down with that sort of thing!” Gotta love the “Fr. Ted,” reference!

…and I know quite a few people called Proinsias (even if I couldn’t spell it without checking!)

My Irish room-mate doesn’t get that mad at St. Patrick’s Day, but he does hate the songs “Tooralooraloora” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and gets pissed off at stage-Irish accents in movies and TV shows.

I don’t think it looks like Cassidy from ‘Preacher’, but that’s at least partially because Steve Dillon can only draw one face, and nobody else can draw it like that.

Don’t really like Garth Ennis, and this didn’t do much to change my mind. But I will say, Darick Robertson is doing some really good work. Not sure if it’s the inking, but it reminds me a bit of Phil Jimenez.

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