This week and next week, Hunter Library Leisure Reading is bringing you reviews of vampire-related books in our collection. Today we’re looking at a couple of graphic novels that feature vampires.
Preacher: Gone to Texas, by Garth Ennis, illustrated by Steve Dillon
This graphic novel is practically guaranteed to offend a lot of people. It is also practically guaranteed to entertain an equal amount of people. Jesse is a man of the cloth who has just about given up on God. He has questions and wants answers from the Big Guy Himself. With his best friend, who happens to be a vampire, and his girlfriend, who happens to be a hit man, Jesse travels to Texas to find God and have a conversation.
This book contains a massive amount of gore, violence, cursing, heresy, and all around perversity. If any of these things offend you, you might want to pass on this title. However, if you can find humor in the macabre and want to explore what might happen when good and evil collide in the same body, Preacher just might be up your alley.
Angel: After the Fall, by Joss Whedon, illustrated by Brian Lynch
Picking up immediately after the TV series, Angel: After the Fall examines what the final battle leads to. Angel gets his dragon, Spike gets his harem, Gunn gets a surprise, and all of LA gets to go to Hell. Plotted by Joss Whedon, this title has everything he is known for. Tight dialogue, intricate story lines, good vs. evil, and the gray spots in between. The characters are true to the original and there is plenty of vampire-on-demon violence.
– Serenity Richards, Graphic novels and Science fiction selector