A master of horror and all things crude and unusual, Garth Ennis has been a fan favorite comic writer for years. Ennis is best known for his legendary creator owned book Preacher, and his massive run on Punisher Max for Marvel comics. Here I’ll give you a quick rundown of some of my favorite Garth Ennis comics.
Ennis got his first big job in England writing Judge Dredd for 2000 AD . You can read all of these awesome comics in the Judge Dredd: Complete Garth Ennis Collection.
From 1991-94 Ennis wrote Hellblazer with artist Steve Dillon. These can be found in the newly rereleased line of Hellblazer TPBs, starting at vol 5: Dangerous Habits. In 1993 he also wrote The Demon; it was here where he introduced his character Tommy Monaghan, who would later feature in his own title Hitman.
From 1995 to 2000 Ennis wrote what many consider his ultimate work: Preacher. In Preacher we follow a lowly preacher with the “voice of God” – the ability to make anybody do anything that he wants. We follow the preacher, his psychotic assassin ex-girlfriend and a drunken Irish vampire on their quest to find God. Anyone unfamiliar with Ennis should read Preacher first. It’s a perfect intro to his twisted but smart take on the horror genre.
After Preacher, Ennis moves over to Marvel Comics to pen his massive and also very well received run on the brand new gritty and more realistic Punisher, which had just launched as part of the new Marvel Knights line of mature readers super-hero books at Marvel. This run spanned just under 50 issues total and includes some very memorable stories. Start with Punisher: Welcome Back Frank and enjoy the carnage from there. While at Marvel Ennis also wrote stories for Ghost Rider, Thor, Hulk, and Spider-man.
In 2006 it was announced that Ennis would write another creator owned series, this time through fledgling publisher Dynamite Entertainment. The series was called The Boys. The Boys is Ennis’ unique take on the super-hero genre. This series can be digested easily in 12 trade paperback volumes.
Currently Ennis is writing an end of the world story told from the perspective of a group of dogs who have to make it on their own. This is Avatar’s Rover Red Charlie, you can read Ian’s review of the first issue here.
For fans of the absurd and crude, or just well written comics, check out some of the above listed Garth Ennis books. There are also many more which I couldn’t squeeze into this article. And don’t forget to check out his newest series Caliban which is on shelves now. Caliban a sci-fi horror centered around an abandoned alien space craft, you can check out our review of the first issue here.