Ashlie’s #CBR5 Review #11: Preacher Volumes 6-9 by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon

Volumes 6-9 of Preacher are just as offensive, jarring, and compelling as the first five.  Jesse continues on his path to hold God accountable for abandoning his creation, and has a showdown with the zealots.  

After the nuclear showdown, Cassidy and Tulip end up on their own, and Cassidy finally shows his true colors.  (Think Spike, but without any of the drops of remorse and emotion that he later develops.  Just deplorable and self-serving, to the core.)

Eventually, Jesse ends up as a sheriff in a small town and has a surprise reunion with someone from his past.  The conclusion of this series is explosive, surprising, and not altogether what I was hoping for, but I highly recommend it to like-minded people who have a high tolerance for violence and depravation.  If you have seen and appreciated “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” then this may be for you.

Ashlie’s #CBR5 Review #10: Preacher Volumes 1-5 by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon

My good friend has quite the comic collection and I’ve been reading through his library, bit by bit.  Preacher was my next challenge and boy, was it a doozy.  It was equal parts vile, disgusting, horrifying and entertaining.  Definitely not something that all people appreciate.  I’m going to borrow a paragraph from the Goodreads posted review, because I couldn’t say it better myself.

“One of the most celebrated comics titles of the late 1990s, PREACHER is a modern American epic of life, death, love and redemption also packed with sex, booze, blood and bullets – not to mention angels, demons, God, vampires and deviants of all stripes.”

Basically, Jesse Custer is an accidental preacher who gets filled with the unholy offspring of an angel and demon (which allows him to, among other things, command people to bend to his will), and God is afraid of it and has gone on vacation.  Meanwhile, a secret religious organization is trying to use Jesse to be the next prophet and his girlfriend, who dabbled in being a murderer for hire is along for the ride.  And by ride, I sometimes mean riiiide (heh). And his best friend is Cassidy, a vampire who is there to help…sort of.

Got it?  Yeeeeah.  Volumes 1-5 take us on a wild journey through the plans of the religious fanatics and backstories of Cassidy and Jesse including a trip home for Jesse to visit his family.  And by “family” I mean his grandmother and uncles who make the folks in Deliverance look like cuddly puppies and rainbows.

Oh.  And there is a character named “Arseface.”  (I’ll just leave that there.)  Basically, this story takes the worse things I could think of and makes them much, much worse.  Nobody tell my mom I read it, k?

 

Ashlie’s #CBR5 Review #9: The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of your True Self by Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson

I have recently begun a jag of trying to be the “best me that I can be” which for me starts with reading. I picked up this book on a whim after perusing the anemic “self help” section at my local Barnes and Noble. I didn’t know much about any of the three authors, although I had heard of Chopra, but the concept of having a dark shadow intrigued me.

After reading it, I’m still not sure what I think. The book is separated into 3 main sections, one per author, and follows a progression of explaining what the shadow is, and how we should deal with it in order to move toward enlightenment and fulfillment. The basic premise is that we should embrace all parts of ourselves, even the bad parts, ie, the shadow, because ignoring or pushing down that negativity only serves to stunt growth and the ability to be happy. There are connections made to God, which don’t really resonate with my beliefs, but I didn’t find it overbearing and chose to just replace instances of “God” with “the universe.”

Personally I feel I sometimes take a head in the sand approach to dealing with problems, and definitely beat myself up too much for little transgressions, so for me I think this concept is solid. After reading it I have tons of pages earmarked and start my day with reflection in an attempt to acknowledge my flaws and let I negativity go. Only time will tell if this method will truly be my key to a better life.