At Last October’s MCM London Comic Con I sat in on the panel Q&A and preview for Amazon Prime’s new show Preacher. Based on the comic series of the same name by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion (published by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics) I went along to the October panel and tried not to have any expectations – I’d not heard much about this new comic book adaptation beforehand and it had been a while since I’d picked up a Preacher comic book, I also hadn’t been overly thrilled with some comic adaptations over the last couple of years so went into the panel feeling more than a touch sceptical.
I was, however, happily surprised at how good the short preview was, and the following Q&A made me pretty excited for the show.
At the quickly approaching May MCM London Comic Con there will be a special screening of the first episode on the Saturday. Although the first episode launched on Amazon Prime on the 23rd of this month, not everyone has that subscription service. Amazon has been showcasing their exciting new shows at MCM events recently, which gives them access to an audience who may have otherwise not even been aware of the shows.
Preacher stars Agent Carter’s Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, the Preacher of a West Texas town who finds himself inhabited by a supernatural creature which leads to Custer having strange powers and being involved in dark and twistedly comedic supernatural adventures.
Custer is joined by Cassidy (played by Joseph Gilgun of This Is England and Misfits) and his former girlfriend Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) as well as a whole host of creatures and characters, both angelic, demonic and earthly of nature.
Preacher is produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (This is the End, Superbad, Bad Neighbours) and showrunner Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) and I’m hoping that such a fine pedigree (both in front of and behind the cameras) will help the show live up to the excellent expectations set by last October’s MCM London Comic Con. I’m looking forward to the exclusive showing of the first episode and seeing how the show stands up next to how much I (and lots of other fans) enjoyed the comic series it is based on. I know to expect it to be divergent of the comics, it’s not a direct adaptation, but I’m interested to see how they translate many of the comic’s themes and what plot lines and characters will be included.
Just a reminder though that Preacher deals with and shows some pretty dark and gruesome stuff as well as having adult themes, so if you want to go along to the showing of the first episode keep in mind that you don’t bring along any children or those who may be affected by gore, shocking scenes or ya know, the stuff you usually expect when there’s demonic possession of children and whatnot. Be sensible peeps.
MCM UPDATE: MCM London Comic Con has today announced that Preacher lead Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga will be joining the Preacher Q&A on Saturday 28th May at 4pm in the Platinum Theatre. This is very exciting last minute news and I’m sure many attendees will be wanting to go along, the Q&A will undoubtedly attract more than just Preacher fans thanks to the pair’s work with shows such as Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – so put the time and date in your diary and get along to the Preacher Q&A!
MCM London Comic Con is the 27th to the 29th of May and is held in the ExCel convention centre. Tickets are either sold out or very limited so please see the MCM website for more details.
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