Date: 2017-07-08 03:28 am (UTC)
alicemacher: Lisa Winklemeyer from the webcomic Penny and Aggie, c2004-2011 G. Lagacé, T Campbell (Default)
From: [personal profile] alicemacher
Oh, Herr Starr. Trying to co-opt Jesse for your alternate world-saving scheme was your biggest mistake.

In the Preacher special One Man's War, which gives Starr's backstory, he tells a Grail operative (before shooting him, of course) his plan to kill D'Aronique and the kid. "I've got all of the Scriptures I need back at Masada, and the special effects department can handle the miracles. So few of the Grail know what the child looks like, anyway."

Assuming the special effects were convincing enough--and if we accept the idea of a millenia-old worldwide conspiracy so powerful that every head of state on Earth grovels before it, we can accept that it'd have s/fx capabilities far beyond those of Hollywood--Starr could've hired as "Messiah" an actor perfectly willing to do as he was told and keep his mouth shut. Instead, he focused on Jesse, whose Word power meant he wouldn't need special effects to win over the throngs. He never considered that someone so powerful might not be inclined to obey him.

Date: 2017-07-08 07:25 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jeremyp
Spoilers here:

I agree.

Starr is introduced as being very dangerous, but ultimately it is his actions that lead to the destruction of the Grail. He destroys the Grail's power structure via assassination, then burns up all of their resources chasing Jesse. He could be the ultimate example of what TV Tropes calls the Idiot/Villain Ball.

As much as I dislike this story overall, there's no doubt that it has a remarkably "happy" ending - the Grail is destroyed, Jesse's nasty family is gone, the nasty god is gone, the Saint might have found peace, and the main characters get a new start. A surprisingly positive ending for such a dark story.

Date: 2017-07-08 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Luke, I am your...great uncle? Second cousin? Somethin' like that."

Does everyone in Jesse's bloodline have the ability to ignore his power?

Date: 2017-07-08 10:29 pm (UTC)
alicemacher: Lisa Winklemeyer from the webcomic Penny and Aggie, c2004-2011 G. Lagacé, T Campbell (Default)
From: [personal profile] alicemacher
It's not that Allfather D'Aronique is able to ignore Jesse's power. Jesse simply didn't get the opportunity to use it on him. In the pages just before the first scan above, he did threaten to do so if the Allfather didn't give Cassidy up and let them both leave in peace. But D'Aronique put him in check by saying that if Jesse tried anything, "a signal would be given" and Cassidy would be put out in the sun at dawn to burn.

As for others in Jesse's bloodline, if you mean his Gran'ma Marie, I don't think he ever tried to use the Word on her. She was, after all, a century old and in a wheelchair, which is why she had Jody and T.C. to do her dirty work. Neither of them were her or Jesse's kin.


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