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The highlight for me of the latest Preacher was Mark Harelik playing himself. I didn't realize that was him the first time he appeared as the God-impersonator. I have seen him in many screen roles since then.

Mark is a very good character actor that I first saw years ago on stage in Central California. He was playing McMurphy and the late great John Hancock was playing The Chief in the stage version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. If you ever get to see the stage version of what later became the Jack Nicholson movie you will be glad you did. It's significantly different and, I think, better. A few years ago there was another production of the stage version in the L.A. area and I took my wife. She was similarly impressed with the stage version and tells people how good it is.

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I never read the comic, but I am watching the show. 

It has my interest and will be following it till the end. 

I'm grateful for this as  place for conversation about it. 

Brace yourself, Pa -- it's going to get sacrilegious.

I mean, moreso.

But the bottom line is always going to be Preacher wanting some answers from God. I think most of us have gone through that thought process.

So, "Dallas." Jesse is a butthole. He nearly kills a guy, nearly tortures him to death, because he married Tulip. He beat up a stoner, a kind friend, because he was mad at Tulip (back in Dallas).

And Tulip is no prize. While pretending to be a real estate broker, she was assassinating people for money. Not nice. And she lied to Jesse about it. She was also taking birth control when Jesse thought they were trying to make a baby, and lied about that.

Oh, and Cassidy? He tried to egg Jesse on in the murder of Tulip's husband, knowing that would drive the two apart forever, so that he could move in on Tulip. Some best friend.

Good! That was one of the things that was off-putting to me about the Preacher comic book series, is that the good guys weren't at all good -- in fact, they were occasionally so awful I wanted to kill them myself. The only thing that makes them the heroes is that everyone else is worse.

So the TV show is being true to the spirit of the comics. And now we can all be disgusted together!

Yep, that's Preacher: attractive and disgusting at the same time. It's impressive that the TV adaptation is just as morally ambiguous as the comic was.

Here's the SDCC trailer. Starring Herr Starr!

I got the sacrilegious part, in spades.

I'm in it for the search for God. 

I believe that a huge part of the sacrilegious area I believe is because God is absent in this universe.  There is nothing there to hold together the moral fabric.  It is as even, "if the cat's away the mice will play." 

So, season 2 finale.

There's no way that ending holds up, so I'm not going to pretend it will. 

I will ask this, though: How far is the show wandering from the source material? I read Preacher once, when it first came out, so my memory's fuzzy. But I don't recall this bit with Tulip. I don't recall Jesse and Herr Starr teaming up for any length of time. I don't recall the Saint of Killers getting a soul. Heck, I don't even remember Denis. Did any of that happen in the comics? Did they even go to Vegas and New Orleans?

Hoover and Featherstone I remember. Brain-damaged Jesus I remember. Most of the rest, though, seems like new material.

I've been wondering the same thing, Cap, and I read the whole series twice. Had a re-reading thread here on the board, too. This weekend I plan to skim through my trades and see what I can figure out.

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It's like 10% to 20% matches the books. Without pulling out my TPBs, Tulip and Jesse, IIRC, either had no prior history or very little. Cassidy didn't have a son or if he did it was a minor point. Herr Starr certainly didn't try to present Jesse as the Messiah. Eugene was a teenager or young adult to tried to follow Kurt Cobain's example with the shotgun. His nickname, Arseface, which they don't use, was given to him by Cassidy. There was no girlfriend also shot and he's never sent to Hell. Saint of Killers wasn't a soulless Civil War mass killer. He was a guy who rejected God after he was delayed too long to save his family. I don't think he had a saber. The guns were supernatural and provided by Satan, who was killed by them. This demonstrated that his guns could kill anyone and anything, which is important later.

Anyone who watches the entire series could then read the books and have a very different, but also good, experience.

Also, I don't recall Adolf Hitler in a supporting role.

Words I never thought I'd type!

I looked at the first few TPB collections, and Richard has it right. Right from the beginning the show deviates significantly from the comics: when Jesse receives Genesis it also destroys his church and congregation. There's a serial killer story line early on that the TV show has ignored, and it seems unlikely that it will double back to it. Jesse and the gang visit New York City first. They do go to New Orleans, but the focus is on a bunch of vampire wannabes rather than searching for God. When the story focuses on the Grail there's a power play between Starr and the enormously obese Allfather (although it does include the idiot inbred Jesus).

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