"Preacher," AMC's latest tryst with sci-fi fantasy, will premiere on Sunday, May 22, 2016. The story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a small-town minister with superpowers who is on a mission to find God, seems to have impressed all the major critics with the pilot.
The show has been created by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and Sam Catlin, based on the popular comic book series of the same name. Complete with vampires, demons and angels, "Preacher" is something you would not want to miss.
Check the pilot episode out when it airs at 10 p.m. (EST) on Sunday night via AMC. You can also live-stream Season 1 episode 1 on AMC.com.
Here is a review round-up for the pilot episode of "Preacher:"
It's got a minister with superpowers, a hard-boozing vampire – and it's the most kickass show of the year. Preacher's star Dominic Cooper and creators Seth Rogen and Sam Catlin talk cow's blood, chainsaw attacks and turning God into a villain.
Preacher never feels cartoonish or over the top. Instead, it's an assured adaptation of the comic, embracing its weird world with sharp writing, fantastic characters and plenty of funny moments. Viewers who know absolutely nothing about Preacher might feel lost in the beginning. But stick with it, and I promise you'll love it.
As gory as the Preacher pilot is, it probably will still have to hold back in a few places (even with just language alone, amongst other areas) that the comics went. But it still retains the spirit and attitude of the comic in a way that makes it feel like a very respectful interpretation of the source material. Rogen, Goldberg, Catlin and their talented cast effortlessly draw you into this world and make it easy to be excited about what's to come on this series.
Preacher has a lot of great things going for it, particularly when it comes to the visuals and the audio. With lots of wide shots of sunny horizons metaphorically darkened by the subject matter, the episodes often look like little movies, and the fabulous use of title cards both big and small help to carry the comic aesthetic over. As well, few series sound this good, with each scene heightened by mood-driven music and effectively detailed sound effects.
"Preacher" is another attempt to turn action comics into gold. But it has a chance to crossbreed the better angels of character drama with devilish genre splatter. Within its oversize color panels there's some hard-boiled philosophy about trying to be good in a world of sin. (But not too good. As "Paradise Lost" taught us, in any story of heaven and hell, the damned are more interesting.)