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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, #42, The Saint Of Killers
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, The Saint Of Killers

Garth Ennis� masterpiece, Preacher, is so good that two characters from it make our list (the other is� well, you�ll see). Choosing from the likes of Cassidy, Arseface, Herr Starr and Jesse Custer was tough, but if we hadn�t plumped for the Saint Of Killers, he might have found us and killed us. A grim, taciturn, implacable killing machine charged by God himself to be his gun for hire, the Saint is an engine of pure hatred, driven by his thirst for vengeance (his family were killed, which precipitated his fall from grace). He�s like the Terminator with a mullet. Indestructible and inexorable � like death himself � he�s so badass that he manages to kill both the Devil and � spoiler warning! � God. Which makes him just about the most powerful character in the history of comic books, as far as we�re concerned.

FIRST APPEARED IN PREACHER #1 (1995)
CREATED BY GARTH ENNIS AND STEVE DILLON

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The Angel of Death reinvented as a cowboy: stone-cold snarl, battered hat and a green trenchcoat concealing Colts that can slay a small army in seconds.
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Ennis always saw the character as a combo of Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood (although his artist, Steve Dillon, and Preacher cover artist Glenn Fabry made him look ten times more physically imposing). Nowadays, Tommy Lee Jones wouldn�t be a bad bet.
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He made a very brief cameo appearance in Ennis� excellent DC series, Hitman, about a wise-cracking assassin plying his trade in Gotham City.
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