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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 131

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.

Enjoy!

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.

Good stuff.

24 Comments

Might as well just add the whole series to the list. You could do a year of cool Preacher Moments and probably wouldn’t run out before the end.

My favorite moment in the fight between Jody and Jesse happens just before the first scanned page. Jesse is giving Jody a beating and Jody, out of breath, tells him “I’m gonna…I’m…I’m…” to which Jesse adds “…Getting Old ?” And then you look at Jody’s eyes. Perfect moment!

Yeah, the whole fight is pretty awesome, but I didn’t feel right going past six pages.

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)

F-YEAH! I’ve been waiting for some Preacher moments. I hope “another time” is later this week… But whenever is good too.

Oh man, one of my favorite things about Preacher is how little Jesse Custer uses his superpower. He’s got a power that scares the shit out of _GOD_ and he prefers to hit a guy with a 2×4 instead (yeah, I know in this situation he couldn’t trust his power, but still).

And boy, can Dillon draw the hell out of headshots.

that moment made preacher such fun epsically where jesse gets some over due payback on Jody. that could be one of the reasons movie studio’s and HBO keep turning down devolping preacher as a movie or tv show. too intense

Dillon gets a bad rap for his style or the “sameness” of his characters’ faces or whatever, but no one can say he’s not an amazing storyteller. Will love everything he does for forever (except when he drew in the eyes on Wolverine. eeeeeeehhhhhh)

I’ve never seen anything of Preacher. The thick lines here remind me of Corben, and that’s definitely not a bad thing.

Just read Preacher for the first time about a month ago, nd that was probably my absolute favorite storyline in the whole book. Tulip’s death, Jesse’s origin, the first appearance of God… so cool. Too bad they had to follow it up with the fairly crappy Jesus De Sade story.

Yay! We’re onto Preacher! Fo rme, I thnk the scene was actually the first panel you’ve shown – it just shows you what Jesse’s up against here…

I am going to get reamed for this…but this is a hyper-violent, crude, vicious comic. It makes sense that Garth Ennis wrote this. Not my taste or style….about the only thing I can complement here is the artists style reminiscent of the early Steven Bissette / John Tottleben(sp?) run in Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing.

I am going to get reamed for this…but this is a hyper-violent, crude, vicious comic.

You might, but there’s no reason for it. That’s pretty much the surface of the comic in a nutshell. You forgot to mention the deviant sex parts too.

You forgot to mention the deviant sex parts too.

What’s deviant about trying to bugger your way through the entire animal kingdom?? At least de Sade had ambitions! ;-)

Or did you mean T.C., in which case, um…

Yay, Preacher! I really need to go back and read through my trades of this. Not only is it a great story, but it really brings back good memories for me in general. Back when I was in college and the series was still coming out, I had pretty much my entire dorm hooked on it. Come to think of it, its a miracle I still own all those issues in decent condition, considering the fact they were passed around like a bong.

Let’s see some Transmet!

Annoyed Grunt

May 13, 2009 at 1:31 pm

This was my #1 for the vote on our favourite fight scenes.

Awesome stuff. I’mma go and re-read that entire series now.

@ Harry and Joshschr, unless you proceed to proclaim loudly to the world that books like Preacher are wrong and must be done away with, I can’t see any reason to do any reaming. I dig that Preacher (and other Garth Ennis works like The Pro) are not exactly everyone’s cup of protoplasm, but I really don’t want to be told that I shouldn’t read and enjoy them-that’s the only type of response that would tick me off.

Oddly enough, as much as I love Ennis’ work, I also still read family-friendly stuff like the Duck books and Owly, so I pretty much cover the whole spectrum end to end.

Sorry badspock, I messed up my message. Preacher is a hyperviolent, sometimes crude and vicious comic where bad things are done to meat products. That’s the surface of the comic. If that’s all Harry gets out of it, then yeah, he deserves to be reamed. Ennis and Dillon crafted a big adventure story about friends and family and doing what’s right and more big theme stuff like that. Everyone should read it. Except for my 6 year old.

I am going to get reamed for this…but this is a hyper-violent, crude, vicious comic. It makes sense that Garth Ennis wrote this. Not my taste or style….about the only thing I can complement here is the artists style reminiscent of the early Steven Bissette / John Tottleben(sp?) run in Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing.

Really when you get to know it Preacher is a sweet romantic comic – with a hyper-violent crude side.

I really can’t see any similarity between Dillon’s art and the Bisset/Tottleben Swamp Thing art though.

My favorite part of this fight is the beginning…”I just beat T.C.’s goddamned brains out.” POW!

Travis Pelkie

May 29, 2009 at 4:29 am

I just read this this morning.

I was creeped out more by the earlier flashback of Jody breaking Jesse’s arm, the bone sticking out. Ugh.

Check out the end here though, it’s cool that you’re not quite sure if Jesse’s just so pissed he kills Jody by strangling him, or as the coloring suggests, he starts to use The Word against him. I likes me some ambiguity.

Oh God, that was dumb.

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