* This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
This graphic novel presents the story of The Night Witches through the lens of a fictional character, Anna.
At first, I was excited to get a graphic novel about The Night Witches. If you check out that Wikipedia entry, you can see they were awesome. But then, I see the main character is fictional and I felt immediate disappointment. Call me petty but I didn’t want characters based on the real women, I wanted the real women. Irena may have some dramatizations but Irena existed. But I give it the benefit of the doubt and read it.
I didn’t even like Anna, everything felt so forced – including all the random sex scenes – the villains feel over the top, and the art style didn’t click with me at all. I could tell there was an effort but, it all felt sour at the end. If anything, hopefully, this will get people curious enough to do further reading. 2 out of 5.
In this last volume, Starr makes a final play at Jessie and Jessie takes Cassidy out to teach him a lesson the only way the good reverend knows how: beating the shit outta him.
As final volumes go, I think this was the right way to wrap things up. As cool as an epic showdown between Jessie/Genesis and God would be, God (as a character in this book so if you’re already flipping your “I’m offended” switch, turn that shit back off) is pretty cowardly. I can’t seem him doing battle when the entire plot of this was started because God quit and was fleeing Genesis to avoid confrontation.
To give a slightly spoiler free recap, Cassidy gets his redemption and Tulip and Jessie get their lives back. Despite it being a satisfying conclusion, I’m gonna miss this series. It was one hell of a ride (no pun intended) and yes, I will be checking out the TV show.
And good on you, Arseface. Finally got a bit of happiness.
After spending 6 months in a doped up stupor, Tulip decided she’s had enough of Cassidy and goes to stay with her friend Amy. Jessie had also contacted Amy and like a good friend, she makes sure Jessie and Tulip are reunited. There’s a nice long flashback of Tulip’s childhood and some backstory on the human wreckage Cassidy has left in his past.
Was Cassidy wrong in keeping Tulip high out of her mind for months? Yes. Is she complicit in asking for the drugs in the first place? Also, yes. Cassidy was an asshole but I don’t see her as totally innocent. They both thought Jessie was dead and made some shitty decisions while they were grieving. However, Cassidy should have just let Tulip go when she wanted to leave instead of demanding she stay because he “took care” of her.
Jessie however? Totally within rights to be pissed. Best friends don’t do what Cassidy did. That’s gonna be one hell of a showdown later. Cassidy is overdue for a beat down.
And I don’t even know what to say about Starr. He needs to just stop now. Just stop. You are running out of body parts to lose there, buddy. I’m embarrassed for you.
Managing to survive a nuclear blast, Jessie heals up but finds Tulip and Cassidy have hooked up; believing Jessie is dead. Broken hearted, Jessie holds up in a little town called Salvation that’s under the sway of a wackjob named Odin Quincannon. Taking the mantle fo sheriff, Jessie mends his broken heart by doing what he does best, kick asses.
This volume had me cracking up. Of course, Odin is a racist pervert! Of course, Odin’s secretary is a Nazi dominatrix! Of course, there’s an adorable dog (who better have plot armor because he’s precious)! To expect anything else from this series would not make any sense.
Out of the entire series so far, I think this volume had the best pacing, writing, and art. I love how the creators keep topping themselves in quality.
And I got to see a character look at a burning cross, scowl in annoyance, then piss on it to put the fire out. An absolute hilariously wrong story that I am having a ball reading. I highly recommend this series if you are not easily offended.
This volume deals mostly with the mistakes Cassidy has made in the past. Our trio travels to New Orleans to ask a voodoo priest to help reverend Jessie tap into Genesis to get some information about where God is hiding. The last time Cassidy was there, he left behind a mini-cult of vampire wannabees who have been waiting for revenge.
While I did enjoy this volume, I could do without the Cassidy loves Tulip thing. I can see him getting along with her but to suddenly declare he’s in love with her? And to continue pressing the issue when Tulip made is clear she’s not interested and Cassidy talks about how important his friendship with Jessie? How very random…
And Arseface’s story arch is fucking hilarious! I’m glad they brought him back.
As it happens sometimes, I got sucked into this series and started volume 4 without stopping to write a review for volume 3. So, this is a combined review! Yay!
After getting away from his hillbilly, psycho family, out intrepid trio runs afoul of this ultra religious group after the Genesis inside Reverend Jessie. Cassidy gets captured so Jessie and Tulip go to rescue him. As the blood and guts in this series has never flinched before, these volumes are violent bloody messes. The Saint of Killers makes an appearance and that guy never leaves without a pile of bodies in his wake.
Volume 4 is a backstory set of Saint of Killers, Reverend Jessie’s family, and the kid now known affectionately as Arseface. Out of the three, Jessie’s family was the least interesting to me and the Saint of Killers was my “favorite” – in quotes because I enjoyed his story as much as one can enjoy a hate filled, ruthless killer. In my opinion, his story was the most compelling and I wish it was told last out of the three as Jessie’s family made the tail end of the volume drag on. I did enjoy, however, how the story of the Saint didn’t make me feel sympathy for him, just more informed.
I give both a strong 4 out of 5 but with all the back stories out of the way, I’m ready to get back to the action.
Reverend Jessie with Genesis still inside him, has been captured by his family; the people responsible for the deaths of his parents. With him and Tulip captured, Jessie finds his power to control people with his voice doesn’t work on them so it may take some real divine intervention.
This series is batshit crazy! It has everything I loved about The Boys without anything from The Crossed (I’m not linking because fuck that series). The mayhem has this dark humor I feel guilty for laughing at but Preacher doesn’t turn my stomach or hurt my logic-brain like The Crossed. Even then, there are these touching moments that rip your heart out. I am loving these characters and the -give-no-fuckitude nature of the writing. I can see myself chilling and having a beer with these characters but the fact I would probably get shot or blown up being near them… This series is just sacri-delicious. 4.5 out of 5!
After a sermon gone wrong, Reverend Jessie Carter is possessed; killing everyone in the church except for him. An entity known as Genesis escaped Heaven, taken up residence in Jessie, and a killer is chasing him in order to get Genesis back or kill it. Along the way, Jessie meets up with his ex girlfriend, Tulip and a vampire named Cassidy.
With Genesis trapped inside him, Jessie vows to not only track down God, but to force Him to tell humanity why He’s been a no show and what his angels have been up to concerning Genesis.
This story is just fucking awesome. A surly vampire, pissed off killer, and demon possessed preacher are off to hunt down God. I’m sure if you get that set up in the wrong hands it would totally get screwed up but NOPE. Not here. I love this book and I’m thankful for the show getting me to finally read it. 4.5 out of 5.