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And with my final additions "Tall in the Saddle", "One man's War" and "The story of you know Who" my preacher special collection is now complete!
Just to scan in and update the inner pages from these awesome specials from the best comic series of all time Preacher, for now here is a taste of all the cover art from the specials.
The Saint of Killers
One Man's War
Blood and Whiskey
Tall in the Saddle
The Story of You Know Who
The Good Old Boys
Cassidy, whose full name is Proinsias Cassidy, is anIrish vampire.
Cassidy joins the Irish Volunteers and takes part in theEaster Rising in 1916, though his brother William (Billy)also joins to keep watch over him. Billy eventually forcesCassidy to desert the army because of its impending failure, and Cassidy is soon bitten by a "hag", who seemingly leaves fatal injuries.
His body falls into the water, and he soon learns that he is not succumbing to the injuries and that the sun burns his skin.
He decides to travel to the United States, so his family and other soldiers will believe that he is dead. He lives in the United States, picks up alcohol and drug problems, going as far as prostituting himself for drugs, and begins to wear sunglasses to hide his natural identity. This eventually escalates into the need to hide his eyes, which betray 70 years of substance abuse.
All of the preceding is revealed to Jesse atop the Empire State Building in New York. What he leaves out is that his addictions make him parasitical and irresponsible (In a way, making him a figurative vampire as well as a literal one), causing harm and death to those around him when he abandons them to circumstances he set in motion.
Repeatedly showing a remarkable lack of forethought, many women he hooks up with and lives off of over the years end up critically injured, hopelessly addicted to drugs, or dead.
After he gets the girlfriend of a friend of his killed during the "Dixie Fried" story arc, Xavier, who is a Voodoo priest says "I honestly don't believe he's an evil man. Just careless. And thoughtless. And terribly, terribly weak."He eventually meets Tulip O'Hare and Jesse Custer.
Cassidy forms a strong friendship with Jesse, and eventually falls in love with Tulip, though she does not reciprocate the feelings. He constantly struggles with hisaddictions and his feelings for Tulip, though after believing Jesse to be dead, both he and Tulip take up heavy drugs and alcohol, and start a sexual relationship.
After reuniting with Jesse, he is told that Jesse no longer wants anything to do with him after finding about his history, though the two agree to meet one more time. They engage in a fist fight that Jesse's skill easily allows him to dominate, while constantly berating Cassidy.
When Cassidy finally accepts his failures and begins, as Jesse puts it, "acting like a man," Jesse takes Cassidy's hand in forgiveness. Cassidy proves he's worth the gesture by walking into the sunrise to atone for all he has done, burning up in the process.
Once Jesse is gunned down by the Grail, it is revealed thatCassidy has made a deal with God hours before hisconfrontation with Jesse; he would beat Jesse to the point of surrender and allow Genesis to be destroyed. In return, God must allow both Jesse and Cassidy to live.
Despite events not quite going to plan, God keeps His word.
Jesse is revived and goes looking for Tulip, while Cassidywatches his first sunset in years as a human being, then drives off with a pledge to act like a man.
Cassidy has superhuman strength and speed that can easily rip regular humans apart, though he has no formal training, allowing Jesse to easily beat him without taking any injuries (except for a broken breast-plate which occurred when Cassidy offered his hand in friendship and thensucker punched Jesse).
Cassidy can survive any physical wound although he feels the full pain associated with the injury. He canheal superhumanly fast, and drinking blood allows him to accelerate the process.
The only thing that can kill him is being directly insunlight for a period of time, though he can stand indirect exposure with discomfort. Although Cassidy needs blood to sustain himself, he does not need human or evenfresh blood, preferring instead the taste of beer orwhiskey.
He generally drinks blood from live humans only if they threaten him.
A Cassidy reference appears in issue #27 of The Boys, another Ennis creation; in Part 2 of Preacher, Jesse tellsTulip that Cassidy originally came down to Dallas to open a bar called 'The Grassy Knoll'. In Issue #27 of The Boys, Billy Butcher is shown in a bar of that name, talking to an Irishman called Proinsias, who runs the bar.
Hellblazer - Haunted
Learning of the murder of a love from his past, cynical mystic John Constantine descends into London'sunderworld to uncover the circumstances of her death and catch her mysterious killer.
Embarking on a journey that leaves him beaten andbattered, Constantine is forced to relive his ex-lover's miserable fall from grace and her brutal murder.
Pushed to his physical and emotional limits, the Hellblazerconfronts the sadistic murderer and psychotic magicianJosh Wright and makes him pay for all of his sins and a few extra for good measure.
Original framed pages from Hellblazer - Haunted
Saint of Killers
The Saint of Killers is the Patron Saint of Murderers and Assassination. He was originally a soldier serving in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War; both respected and feared for being absolutely merciless on the battlefield, his bloodlust verging on that of aberserker frenzy.
After the war, he makes his living in the American West by collecting Native scalps and bounty hunting, until rescuing a young woman. She manages to break through to his gentler side, and the two fall in love and have a daughter.
When his wife and child fall ill, he attempts to fetchmedicine for them, but is delayed by a gang of outlaws, which results in his family's death. He subsequentlyslaughters much of the gang, kills an innocent hostage, but runs out of bullets before killing the leader, which leads to his death after being impaled in the chest with a shovel.
Death takes him, and, because of the innocent life he took, he is consigned to perdition. His own hatred causes Hell to literally freeze over (much to the Devil's wrath), which causes the Angel of Death to offer him to return to Earth under the condition that he takes up his role of collecting the souls of those who die by violence.
Melting the Angel of Death's sword in Hell's last burning fire, the Devil forges two Walker Colt revolvers that willkill anything, never miss their target, never leave his possession, and never run out of bullets.
The now resigned Angel of Death dubs the man "The Saint of Killers". The Saint returns to Earth after killing the Devil for insulting him, leaving the fate of Hell unknown.
He kills the rest of the bandits and purges the town ofRatwater simply because of his nature, and rests at a tomb on Boot Hill while his spirit gathers souls that die by violence.
He is awakened once Genesis merges with Custer, and begins to pursue him. He eventually learns that he has no one commanding him, God having left Heaven, though he continues to hunt Custer because he was scorned.
He spares Custer after he learns that God arranged for his family to die in order to set him on the path towards becoming the Saint, and now seeks to kill God.
The two finally join forces, and after Custer lets himself be killed to release Genesis, God returns to Heaven, where the Saint has slaughtered all of the angels. DespiteGod's attempts to intimidate the Saint with His wrath and then offering to restore his family to life, the Saint guns Him down, ending His tyranny.
With no one left to kill anymore, the Saint sits upon God's Throne and returns to sleep as the world is bathed in peace.
The Saint of Killers is impervious to harm - being hit with a nuclear missile caused no damage to him or his clothes, apart from the comment "Not enough gun". He can easily knock away tanks with a simple kick and he can be hit by a speeding truck without flinching.
His can draw his guns supernaturally quickly, and always hits his mark, even piercing tank armor to reach the intended target. The weapons always inflict fatal injuries regardless of the circumstance or nature of the victim (including angels and demons) - even God and the Devilare not immune to the bullets, as the Saint has killed them both (the only being ever to have survived being shot by the Saint was Cassidy, but Garth Ennis later admitted that he was still working out the character of the Saint at that point and was a technical mistake).
Anyone holding one of the guns can see the spirits of the many people that the Saint has personally killed.
A massive and at times abstract mash of artistic works inspired by the Sandman series: Sandman - The Endless Gallery
When Neil Gaiman started writing Sandman 1989, few dreamed that it would become the most popular titleto ever be published by Vertigo, DC’s alternative line ofcomics.
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