Pesses, Michael W. "‘You gotta be one of the good guys, son’. Mobilities of Foucauldian ethics and freedom in Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (2018), S. 1–14.
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Keywords: "Preacher", Dillon. Steve, Ennis. Garth, Ethics, Film, Foucault. Michel, Identity, Intermediality, Religion, Space, USA
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
In the Preacher comic book series, writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon appear to conjure every type of blasphemy against the Christian church as possible. Ennis and Dillon, however, use the mythos of John Wayne and the American West to suggest a male ethics that incorporates pleasure as a tactic in relations of power. Rather than suggest a resistance towards a generalised Christian morality that judges both pleasurable and violent actions, Preacher imagines the work needed to be done by the Anglo-American male subject to achieve freedom while still existing within mechanisms of power. This article explores how the character of Jesse Custer becomes an ideal man of the West through the storylines of Preacher. The following analysis shows that mobility is an important component for this ethical subject formation to unfold.
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