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Jesse Custer struggles to escape a past that is slowly catching up to him. Meanwhile, a mysterious entity comes to earth, leaving a wave of destruction in its wake.

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  • A God Am I: After using the Word of God, the African priest quietly declares himself the Prophet and The Chosen One before exploding.
  • And Show It to You: One of Jesse's pastors is told by Jesse, after acquiring the Word of God, to "open his heart" to his mother. He takes it very literally by cutting his own heart out of his chest and showing it to his mother.
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  • Gilligan Cut: A radio announces the replacement of beloved but offensive town mascot "Chief Red Savage" with "Pedro the Prairie Dog" and urges Annville citizens to give the latter a "West Texas Welcome." Cut to a bunch of townsfolk, Chief Red Savage included, giving Pedro a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Improvised Weapon: Tulip makes a rocket launcher out of paint cans and Army figurines, and uses it to take down a helicopter.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Jesse takes a swig after watching "Pedro the Prairie Dog" get his ass kicked for trying to replace beloved town mascot "Chief Red Savage."
  • Ludicrous Gibs: The result of Genesis rejecting a host. Recipients being an African preacher, a Satanist, and Tom Cruise.
  • Men Don't Cry: Jesse's father urges his son to not bawl his eyes out when the man's facing the end of a gun.
    Jesse's dad: You stop that now, we Custers don't cry. We fight.
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  • Mugging the Monster: Despite Jesse's reputation of having "done things" before becoming a preacher, Donnie doesn't believe them and proceeds to try to beat him up. Unfortunately, that got his friends' asses kicked and him a broken wrist.
  • Mythology Gag: Jesse's introduction is set against Willie Nelson's "Time of the Preacher," much like the opening scene of the comic.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Jesse immediately regrets kicking Donnie's ass and considers quitting being a preacher.
    • Eugene Root is also still repentant for his attempted suicide despite his upbeat attitude, tearing up when he insists that he's sorry for what he's done.
  • No-Sell: Cassidy's reaction to getting poured with holy water.
  • Oh, Crap!: Jesse's face screams this as he watches Genesis approach him.
  • Precision F-Strike: Jesse gives a hearty "fuck you" to God when He fails to directly answer his prayer.
  • Retraux: The segment showing Genesis arriving from Heaven to Earth has a shaky film grain applied to it.
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  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Jesse realizes that Tulip was showering in the house of someone he was checking up on.
  • Tempting Fate: A disheartened Jesse tells God "fuck you"... right before Genesis arrives to take him as its host.
    • The African priest calls himself a Prophet after realizing what had just possessed him... and gets blown up for it.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Jesse beats up an abusive husband and his friends.
    • Interestingly, it's ultimately not the wife bashing that sends him over the edge, since the man's wife indicated that she never told the police because she likes it (whether or not she's lying is not revealed, but hardly unlikely). It takes the man boasting that he will be taking it to his son that does him in.
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