Jesse Custer. Cassidy. Tulip. To comic book fans, these are household names. But just like Rick Grimes five years ago, the general television viewing public has no idea who these classic characters are. That all changes, now.
As just aired during "The Walking Dead," AMC is back in the comic book adaptation business with a series based on one of the raunchiest, most boundary pushing comic series of all time. That would be writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon's "Preacher," which is being adapted for TV by two surprising names: Seth Rogen, and his frequent writing partner Evan Goldberg.
The duo behind "The Interview," "This Is The End," and, er, "The Green Hornet," Goldberg and Rogen are life-long comic book fans who are taking a crack at what most readers would consider one of the top five most eagerly requested, considered almost unadaptable series, ever.
Why is that? Well:
Caught your breath yet? The series focuses on a small town preacher named Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) having a crisis of faith, who gets possessed by a supernatural creature that allows him to force others to do his will. Along with a vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) and his ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga), the trio head out on an epic quest to find God. Like, capital "G" God.
Oh, and also there's a character named Arseface (Ian Colletti) who tried to commit suicide and failed, so now his face looks like a... You can probably figure it out. It's pretty gross.
...And that's just the beginning of it. The sacrilegious, extremely funny, extremely dark series launched nine graphic novel collections, and decades of debate among fans. Let's see if AMC has the same result, when the first, 10-episode season launches in 2016.