Preacher occupies the foul-mouthed and gore-soaked terrain somewhere between NBC’s cancelled Constantine (2014) and the Starz network’s Ash vs Evil Dead (2015-). All three shows focus on the mystical sorts of things that crawl up from the nethersphere (usually as a direct consequence of the hubristic hero’s apathetic journey) and have to be hit over the head with shovels, magic shovels, or improvised shovels made from spikes, spit, and double-sided sticky tape. The viscera are carted away in convenient travel-sized receptacles. Adapted from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic book run for Vertigo, the titular Preacher (Jesse Custer, played by Dominic Cooper), fits this recent supernatural trend, but he’s propelled forward by a kid called “Arseface” (Ian Colletti), a cheeky Irish vampire (Joseph Gilgun), and a gun-toting ex-girlfriend called Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga). Other characters ebb and flow in the small-town western setting (such as the two Laurel and Hardy angels), leading to a fantastic dénouement through which the physical and spiritual landscape is irreparably altered — something of a rarity in TV World, but something equally entirely unsurprising for a man wielding the power of a god that can be trapped in an old coffee tin. You’ve never had a friend like this.
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