Crandle wrote:I love Ennis' Punisher (the man has always been good at black comedy) but the joke is wearing thin, now. For example, the Wolverine arc...his treatment of that character was fantastic, but everything else tried to be stupidly funny and failed spectacularly. It's a one-note thing; he plays it very well, but it's time to move on.
Well, I was referring pretty much exclusively to his run since it got moved to the MAX imprint. Yeah, the Wolverine joke was getting old, but Ennis' hatred for that character is relatively famous, so it's not surprising he'd take every opportunity to run it into the ground.
As far as Preacher goes, as Ennis wrote at the end of the first story arc: (paraphrased) "The city is full of stories. Not all of them have a moral." Preacher was, I think, by-and-large Ennis' attempt at writing an American fable against the backdrop of vampires, midgets, and a crazed religious fanatic with a head that resembles a penis. America through a shifted kaleidascope. Not everything worked; nothing in a relatively long-running comic does. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read at least for me.
If someone is desperate for a theme, I would say it revolves around friendship and stereotypical ideas of masculinity, yes; but not that those ideas are completely outdated, just that they need to change and adapt as does everything else. Again, see above though. In the end, I think Ennis was just trying to write an entertaining story with the occasionally dubious moralistic bit getting mixed up in it.