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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 an epic battle from early in Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher.
Jesse Custer had an bizarre relationship with Jody, the chief enforcer for Jesse’s evil grandmother, Marie L’Angelle.
Jody shot Jesse’s father in the head right in front of Jesse and then called Jesse a crybaby for crying about it.
Jody basically saw it as his duty to toughen Jesse up, whether it be nailing Jesse’s beloved pet dog to a fence in front of Jesse, breaking Jesse’s arm (although Jody was sure to set it afterwards) and to punish Jesse (at the behest of Marie) by sealing him up in a coffin (with an air tube) at the bottom of a pond, with the dead body of Jesse’s best friend weighing the coffin down.
So when Jesse returns as a grown man, things are not good, and eventually, after Jesse believed that Jody has killed Jesse’s girlfriend, Tulip (which he did, but that’s a story for another time), he finally has his final conflict with Jody.
Such great storytelling by Dillon.
I think for me, “the” moment of this battle is when Jody says he is proud of Jesse.
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