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Oh look, it's another one of those Comixology sales where the entirety of a brilliant series is going super-cheap
. It's not really possible to pick out individual issues or arcs from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's late '90s Vertigo series Preacher
and recommend them over others - the series as a whole is a sprawling epic that really needs to be followed through from the beginning rather than dipping in and buying bits of it. But because of the handful of spinoff, character-background-filling-in miniseries that were released alongside it, and the fact that different trade editions have collected some things in slightly different orders, it's useful to put together an arc-by-arc reading guide for if you do end up buying it in this single-issue form. And at the same time I'll give a quick précis of each arc and where I think it stands in the great scheme of things.
If there's one thing that's universally consistent across Garth Ennis' work - aside from gratuitous head wounds, masculine concepts of loyalty and frequent exploration of Irish identity - it's his strength of characterisation. A combination of his knack for dialogue and dialect, and a persistent desire to make sure that even the smallest incidental character has some measure of depth and a hook with which to engage the reader's interest, means that almost every major work or run to which he's turned his hand has featured a memorable and fascinating supporting cast.
With that in mind, it's something of a difficult task to pick a list of ten of his best creations, but we've only gone and had a go anyway. So here are our favourites from the likes of Hellblazer
, The Boys