AMC’s The Walking Dead, whatever its quality, is a great example of a non-superhero comic series achieving the same level of popularity as the more mainstream superhero fare. The network is praying for the same kind of success with Preacher, the celebrated Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon series being adapted by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The duo have been very upfront about their dedication to the source material, which made me worried the development process would take forever, but Rogen recently tweeted the above image with the message “Writing day.” Pardon me while I do a little Irish vampire jig.

For those who think this is just a weird new kind of modern art, it’s actually the outline for what we’ll assume is the pilot episode for Preacher. We know this from context clues, such as this being the same kind of bulletin board and thumb tacks used in Issue…Er, it’s really because Preacher begins with Jesse Custer, the titular Texan, finding himself the recipient of the angel/demon Genesis, which makes him more powerful than God, who left heaven upon Genesis’ creation. With The Word as his weapon, Jesse can make almost anyone do anything on his quest to find God and make him pay for his own sins, but he’d just as likely punch someone’s throat out to get the information he wants.

Obviously that’s where the “Intro Genesis” card comes in, and the only other thing we can get from this photo is the yellow card on the bottom, which is presumably in reference to Jesse’s first issue breakfast with the sharpshooting badass Tulip O’Hare alongside the callous and impulsive Irish vampire Cassidy. Beyond introducing readers to the main characters, it's also where Jesse starts laying his plans out. Now I feel dumb for following a fake nerdy reference with a real one.


Evan Goldberg spoke with Collider a few months back and explained that they’re going to try and straighten out the timeline rather than working with so many flashbacks, so maybe we’ll get to see Jesse’s transformation right from the beginning. Or, as he also said, maybe producer Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) would refute everything Goldberg said and get them to do something different.

I say “timeline, schmimeline.” As long as they’re getting Preacher in motion, I’m keen to accept whatever presentation comes our way. This is one of those comic series that I honestly never thought would make it to TV, and I trust Rogen and Goldberg (with a little help from Garth Ennis) to make this story come alive on the small screen. And you know what, after that North Korea debacle over his upcoming movie The Interview, Rogen deserves a big round of applause for following aiming higher with something so sacrilegious. Let's hope there's a lot more Preacher coming our way soon.

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