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AMC’s Preacher bestows a Genesis-load of new photos on you

AMC is almost ready to debut its Vertigo comics adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher graphic novels, and that means we’re finally getting a peek at it. Unless, of course, you were at SXSW this year where they showed the whole pilot. The rest of us have to wait until Sunday, May 22 at 10PM ET (right after the season two finale of Fear The Walking Dead, if that’s your bag) save for these tiny glimpses.

First off, this adaptation isn’t the Ennis/Dillon plot as you remember it, it’s Executive Producers’ Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg version of the Preacher saga. The road trip to find God and exact vengeance upon him probably won’t be something the screen version of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) decides to do early on. What does sound intact from the comics is Jesse being possessed by Genesis, a mysterious force that was the child of an angel and a demon. Thus far, none of the promotional material has shown Jesse using his comic book power, The Word of God (the ability to make people do what he says), but one has to assume it’s in there.

The Preacher comics have so many wild ideas in them, Sam Catlin (who previously produced Breaking Bad) knew that the audience had to be slowly acclimated to the world. “We want to [escalate things] step by step,” Catlin told io9. “Because I think if we just showed in the first episode, [angels] Deblanc and Fiore and Heaven and their floating space station with a hole in it…you sort of have to ratchet these things up. The idea of the show is like ‘Oh, you’re okay with vampires now? Oh what about this? What about this? What about this? So it’s sort of like putting a frog in bowl of boiling water or something. So by the time you look upon Satan, you’re like, ‘Yeah, that makes sense.’”

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Yahoo! received the photo of the whole Preacher cast. From left to right, there’s W Earl Brown as Sheriff Root, Ian Colletti as his son Arseface, Lucy Griffiths as Emily, Ruth Negga as Tulip, Dominic Cooper as Jesse, Joe Gilgun as Cassidy, Derrick Wilson as Donny Schenck, Tom Brooke as the angel Fiore, and Anatol Yusef as angel DeBlanc.

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A closer and dramatically posed look at Fiore and DeBlanc, two Angels who are sent to track down Genesis also went to Yahoo!.

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USA Today scored the three-shot of the main trinity of the Preacher saga. There’s Cooper’s Jesse Custer (center), the titular Preacher who finds himself imbued with the spirit of Genesis. There’s Tulip (right), a figure from Jesse’s past that is now a criminal who is (sort of?) on the run. Rounding it out is early fan-favorite Cassidy (left), an Irish vampire who gets pulled into the battle between the hosts of Heaven and Hell.

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No doubt that IGN got the more moody photographs, though. The first one has Cassidy getting a little charred in the light coming through a door (he is a vampire, after all), wearing his comic book trademark sunglasses (which won’t be in the series that much), and diving a diabolical, Steve Dillion-illustrated smile.

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The second photo introduces the dynamic between Sheriff Root, a strict single father, and his son Arseface, who you either anticipate greatly or know nothing about. Let’s keep it that way.

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This ComicBook.com still of Ian Colletti makes me feel like everything might be fine.

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Entertainment Weekly and ComicBook have some hints at the violence that will follow characters like Cassidy and Tulip around. Even with a chainsaw and being a mythical creature, Cassidy looks a lot less dangerous than Tulip with that body on the ground.

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There are characters who have been created specifically for the AMC series. One of them is Emily, who looks like an innocent church-goer in this photo from The Wrap.

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…and like a normal human woman in this still from ComicBook.com.

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Donny Schenck is a Civil War re-enactor who is a bit more rambunctious, but also goes to Custer’s church. You can see him in costume here…

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…but this still from The Wrap makes it seem like things won’t go well for him in the pilot.

All will be revealed in less than a month. Hopefully we’ll get more info to make sense of all this before that time comes.

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