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AMC’s Preacher Pays Homage to Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief

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AMC’s Preacher Pays Homage to Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief

SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the latest episode of AMC’s Preacher.


Just two episodes into its second season, and AMC’s Preacher is off to a rip-roaring start, leaving behind Season 1’s non-comics material as Jesse Custer, Tulip and Cassidy have finally set out on the open road in search of God. Though it’s still not a direct adaptation of the Vertigo source material, it’s obvious that the show is now hewing much more closely to Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic than the previous season.

RELATED: Preacher Season 2 Pays Tribute to Late Co-Creator Steve Dillon

The second episode, “Mumbai Sky Tower,” also brought with it some tulry fun Easter eggs. The first comes courtesy of the series’ remaining fallen Adephi angel, Fiore, who has found a new life headlining a casino magic act. On the wall of his dressing room at the casino we see a Bill Hicks poster, a nice nod to Preacher co-creator Ennis’ oft-expressed fandom of the late comedian, whose he often cites as an influence on his own work. Hicks even appeared as himself in Issue #31 of the comic.

The late comedian Bill Hicks performs his stand-up routine in “Preacher” #31

But the episode’s biggest Easter egg is a relatively subtle one; at least, as subtle as a scene involving an exploding head and automobile accident can be.

RELATED: Preacher Recap: Mumbai Sky Tower Continues Season 2’s Breakneck Pace

The episode picked up right where the season premiere left off, with the Saint of Killers having Jesse firmly in his sights. The Saint fires his magical pistol at Jesse, only to have a delivery truck cut across an intersection, with the driver taking the bullet to the head. The truck swerves, pinning the Saint of Killers to a pole, and giving viewers a clear shot of the company that owns it: Alonso’s Old Time Axle Grease.

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AMC’s Preacher pais homage to longtime Vertigo editor (and current Marvel Editor-in-Chief) Axel Alonso

Though likely missed by much, if not most, of the show’s audience, longtime fans of the comic will immediately recognize this as a nod to Axel Alonso. When Vertigo was publishing Preacher as a monthly comic, Alonso was the series’ editor. Though he eventually ended up leaving the DC Comics imprint for Marvel, where he is currently the editor-in-chief, the period Alonso spent working on the Vertigo line of comics from 1994-1999 remains one of the imprint’s high water marks to this day.

Based on the groundbreaking Vertigo series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher follows the exploits of the aforementioned Jesse Custer – a wayward preacher with the otherwordly ability to make others do his bidding with just a word – on quest to track down God who has left the throne of Heaven and is wandering the Earth. Jesse is joined on his hunt by his gun-toting ex-girlfriend Tulip and a rakish Irish vampire named Cassidy.

Preacher airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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