With its exploding pastors, gun-toting angels, fantastic fight scenes and pop-culture zingers, it should be a hit. And yet Preacher remains unpreached. Why?
If you had to choose a year to release a TV adaptation of a violent and profane comic book, you would probably choose 2016.
The Walking Dead, despite being an interminable mirth-vacuum, still gets the kind of viewing figures usually reserved for moon landings and halftime-show wardrobe malfunctions. Marvels Daredevil proved comic book TV doesnt have to be a joyless chore, as did its twin sister, Jessica Jones. And lets not forget that the biggest show in the world the one discussed equally by academics, footballers, Michael Gove and your mum has dragons in it. Actual dragons.
The point is, were lapping up genre TV. Preacher could not have launched to a more receptive audience at a more receptive time. And yet no one is talking about it. Watercoolers remain uncrowded. Preacher remains unpreached. Have you ever rushed home because every second of not knowing what happens in the next episode of Preacher is like a fingernail down the chalkboard of your soul? No. And thats a shame, because, as brilliant as Preacher is (and lets get this out of the way now it really is), its an oddly difficult show to love.
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