The Preacher tv show debuts on May 22nd on AMC. Now THAT’S a sentence I though I would never ever type, but it’s really happening, with Dominic Cooper as Jesse, Ruth Negga as Tulip and Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, with an ocean of character actors to play Herr Starr, Arseface, Quincannon and all your other profane, never-would-fly-on-TV supporting characters. Created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher is based on the Vertigo comic which ran for 60 epic issues.
The first episode has already been shown widely, but if you want to go to the OFFICIAL screening, you couldn’t do any better than AMC’s Preacher: Preview Screening and Conversation at the 92nd Street Y in NYC. Not only will Cooper, Negga and Gilgun be on hand, but show runners Sam Catlin and Seth Rogen and co-executive producer and Preacher co-creator Garth Ennis will all be there to explain how this came to be.
For those who haven’t read the comcis, Preacher follows the adventures of Jesse Custer, a preacher who seems to have a God-sent power to make people do things; however he runs afoul of everything between Heaven and Hell and goes on the run with a hitwoman on the lam and an Irish vampire. Profanity, twisted violence and even a tender moment or two ensue.
No mater how good (or bad) the TV show is, the comic is a singular masterpiece of storytelling and gets the highest recommendation here.
And just to get things going, here are a few stills:
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.