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The Comic Book Fools of April – Cassidy: Blood and Whisky

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we look at Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s parody of Anne Rice-style vampires with their one-shot featuring Cassidy (from the Preacher series) titled Cassidy: Blood and Whisky.

Unlike the other tie-ins to Preacher, this Cassidy one-shot was drawn by Preacher’s regular artist, Steve Dillon, so this is basically an extra issue of Preacher spotlighting Cassidy.

The basic gist of the story is that Cassidy is in Louisiana when he smells something strange…another vampire! The only other vampire Cassidy ever met…

The rest of the comic is an interesting look at the French Quarter of New Orleans, but mostly it is a chance for Ennis to parody the Anne Rice style of vampires by contrasting them with his vampire, Cassidy…

The result is some strong parody work and really, a compelling story about what happens when you, for lack of a better phrase, “buy into your own hype,” as the other vampire gets into the idea of being a vampire far more than he should.

It’s an amusing work with great Dillon artwork, but it is also filled with plenty of violence, including a brilliant twist on the idea of using a cross to stop a vampire.

It’s collected in the fifth Preacher trade collection, Dixie Fried.

[NOTE: I featured this issue in the Year of Cool Comics – BC]


Tom Fitzpatrick

April 18, 2011 at 10:46 am

This was a great book!

Show your tits!! YEEAAAHHH

See, this is why Preacher won’t work as a movie. This little sub-sub-sub plot is almost essential to understanding Cassidy, as are the flashbacks to his years in Ireland and his slide into degradation in New York.

In a two-hour movie, Cassidy can’t help but be little more than a comic relief sidekick, and Jesse will come off as a homophobic asshole. (Which he kinda is, but only if you are just looking at the surface.) Their climactic fight at the end will look like Superman beating up Jimmy Olsen.

There are some subplots that could be easily dropped, but it is hard to imagine telling this story in less than 22 hours.

When I think of funny Preacher one-offs, my mind goes to ‘The Good Ol’ Boys’ or even ‘The Story of You-Know-Who’ before this one. Nothing against this one, though.

Mutt, I was thinking that HBO, and maybe TV in general, would require that the entire “New Orleans vampires” subplot be completely re-written, so as not to seem like a strange ‘True Blood’ rip-off.

So awesome. I agree about a Preacher movie, why waste the time and money? When Watchmen came out, all of the hoopla and promotion got me existed for one thing and one thing only: to make the time to sit down and re-read Watchmen. It took longer than the 3 hours or so the movie would have run, cost me no money, and I finished it completely satisfied.

Oh, and sean, I could see the “New Orleans vampires” part actually working in their favour as part of the satire that Ennis was originally going for (along with the popularity of Twilight, of course).

That’s a good point. I guess my assumption is that, if they’re doing an HBO show, leading up to that storyline, you’ll have the thing with the serial killer, the Saint of Killers, Jesse’s “uncles”, the crazy sex orgy with children involved, the assualt on The Grail*, and Empire State Building thing… nothing up until that storyline that would be read as satirical or parodic. Then you suddenly introduce a storyline which isn’t that far off… but which you now have to play up the satire and parody, or people will think it’s just a rip-off. It’s a tough line to walk, but you’re right that it’s more possible than I was giving it credit for.

* – I’ll give you that the Christ-child is satirical… but even there, his death isn’t funny. Arseface may work, if you’re assuming that they include his one-shot origin and not just the stuff where he’s mad at Jesse for killing his dad.

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