Brovember Day 10 – Jesse Custer and Pronsias Cassidy
Today’s featured bromance is far from perfect, but I ask you to look upon your own relationships…are any of them without flaw? Can you truly say that you and your college buddy have a healthier relationship than this ex-minister and his friend the alcoholic Irish vampire?
Jesse Custer and Pronsias Cassidy
Spoilers to follow, but if you really ought to read Preacher anyway.
When Jesse Custer was violently possessed mid-sermon by Genesis (the offspring of a demon and an angel), he is rescued by his ex-girlfriend Tulip and her new acquaintance Cassidy. The two become fast friends, adventuring across the United States meeting all sorts of characters, and it starts to become apparent that Cassidy has led a long an disastrous life. Everyone they met with whom Cassidy has had a previous interaction is either dead or close to it. Still, when Cassidy fell into the hands of The Grail, a fanatical shadow organization dedicated to preserving Christ’s bloodline, Jesse came to his rescue. That’s a mighty cool thing to do for a fellow you’ve just met. Likewise, Cassidy had actually allowed himself to be kidnapped to let Jesse escape, and endure horrible torture to protect Jesse and Tulip. The guy was trying, all right? Sure, he was a piss-poor human being but he had actual friends again and he wasn’t going to let things fall apart this time.
The gang cooled off in New York City after Cassidy was rescued and he vowed to stick with Jesse on his crusade to exact revenge on God, himself. And they were as well-equipped as a few dudes could have been in their universe, Jesse’s possession by Genesis granted him a sort of voice-control over anyone who heard him: He could a make commands, and folks had to oblige. Cassidy, meanwhile, had superhuman strength and healing capabilities as a result of his vampirism. So they were all set to take on the creator; A man, the love of his life, and an undead Irish ex-pat. And it was all going just fine until Cassidy professed his love for Tulip. Thankfully, she talked some sense into him and things didn’t end up getting TOO ugly.
Until they did get too ugly.
While escaping a nuclear detonation in a plane (a lot of bananas stuff happens in this series), Jesse tumbled out of an open cargo door. Unable to catch him, due to the intensely bright light, Cassidy watched his friend plummet to the Earth below and his certain death. And he did what anyone would do… he started banging his dead friend’s girlfriend. Cassidy not only took advantage of Tulip’s weakness in her time of grief, he also created a chemical dependency and a constant state of fear to keep her at his side. Not exactly the classiest course of action.
Also, since this all took place in a comic book, Jesse Custer was totally fine minus an eye, and when he eventually crossed paths with Cassidy again he was pissed off to say the least. He and Tulip had also learned a great deal about Cassidy’s history with heroin and the lives he’d left in ruin. They decided to let things cool off and meet two months down the line while Jesse got this whole Voice of God business sorted out and dealt with the looming threat of the Grail. When they finally did meet again, Jesse wouldn’t settle things with words and insisted on duking in out with the super-strong vampire. And Jesse told Cassidy to fight back… and what with Jesse having that gift and all, Cassidy was in no position to decline. So, they beat the shit out of one another.
Jesse held his own, and when Cassidy was looking beat he confessed his guilt and asked for forgiveness, reaching his hand out to his friend. Jesse extended his hand in forgiveness, and Cassidy pulled himself to his feet and…
Well, he punched Jesse so hard that the preacher took flight. And as the sun rose, he straight up exploded all over Jesse’s face.
Rough couple of minutes for Mr. Jesse Custer, right? Well, it gets worse. Just seconds later, his head was struck with the bullet of a Grail sniper. Jesse Custer was toast, and he was so close to having accomplished his mission. However, Cassidy had worked out some insane Ocean’s Eleven style plan: He’d made a deal with God that if he could arrange for the release of Genesis, the entity possessing Jesse, that both Jesse and Custer would have a second chance at things. Jesse was brought back to life without the Voice of God causing all kinds of drama in his life, and Cassidy was returned to life as it was before he was turned into a vampire. And it was at that point that he did Jesse the biggest favor at all… he stayed the hell away from him.
Sure, this isn’t a storybook friendship. But what’s the fun of two guys who constantly agree? Jesse and Cassidy were outright enemies for a bit, and things were only settled for a handful of seconds before their deaths. Jesse had, in being a true friend to Cassidy, made Cassidy want to be a better man.
Now, if you’ll excuse me… I think I have something in my eye.
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