After years of uncertainty, AMC’s adaptation of the Vertigo classic Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon finally hits our screens. This series stars Dominic Cooper as the titular Preacher Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as resident gunslinger Tulip O’Hare, and Joe Gilgun as asshat Irish vampire Cassidy.
Let me get this out of the way first. AMC’s Preacher does not lift directly from the comics shot-per-shot. What it does, however, is translate the general feel of the comic onto the screen, with great success. While it may at times feel like the show is a softened version or a take made more palatable to wider audiences of Preacher, this version still carries most of the spirit the comic has.
The main trio all turn out strong showings and their respective introduction scenes gives newcomers to Preacher on what to expect from each of them, which means a lot of violence and bucketloads of fun. The supporting cast fans would no doubt be familiar with like Arseface and his father Sheriff Root also make appearances, with slight tweaks to the character, though no less compelling. And there was also a tease to one of the more depraved (and with what goes on in Preacher most of the time, that’s saying something) baddies no doubt coming to the show in future episodes.
If you were afraid of this series being a watered-down version of the Vertigo classic, fear not. The pilot episode still has a wit reminiscent of Ennis’s writings with a twisted edge that a Preacher adaptation just has to have, along with a nice helping of dark humor and a friendly jab to a certain big-name movie star.
While the show could stand to be a little more…’mature’ and heap on the trademark black humor, this is still a very solid adaptation from one of the best comics to come out of Vertigo with a lot of room to find its voice in the coming episodes. I can hardly wait for the next one.