Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I'll see if I can't feature some of them this month, as well!
Today we look at Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's parody of Anne Rice-style vampires with their one-shot featuring Cassidy (from the Preacher series) titled Cassidy: Blood and Whisky.
Unlike the other tie-ins to Preacher, this Cassidy one-shot was drawn by Preacher's regular artist, Steve Dillon, so this is basically an extra issue of Preacher spotlighting Cassidy.
The basic gist of the story is that Cassidy is in Louisiana when he smells something strange...another vampire! The only other vampire Cassidy ever met...
The rest of the comic is an interesting look at the French Quarter of New Orleans, but mostly it is a chance for Ennis to parody the Anne Rice style of vampires by contrasting them with his vampire, Cassidy...
The result is some strong parody work and really, a compelling story about what happens when you, for lack of a better phrase, "buy into your own hype," as the other vampire gets into the idea of being a vampire far more than he should.
It's an amusing work with great Dillon artwork, but it is also filled with plenty of violence, including a brilliant twist on the idea of using a cross to stop a vampire.
It's collected in the fifth Preacher trade collection, Dixie Fried.
[NOTE: I featured this issue in the Year of Cool Comics - BC]