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New 'Preacher' trailer shows supernatural salvation

Watch Dominic Cooper spread the gospel and supernatural mayhem in the new "Preacher" TV series based on the comic of the same name, premiering on AMC in mid-2016.

Dominic Cooper plays Jesse Custer in the new AMC comic book TV adaptation "Preacher."
Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

A supernatural man of the cloth, his trigger-happy ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire walk into a bar...

This isn't the start of a joke, but the concept for a new AMC TV show, adapted from the popular Vertigo comic series "Preacher."

In the trailer which debuted Sunday during AMC's "The Walking Dead" (also a wildly successful comic-to-TV series), we see Dominic Cooper as Texan preacher Jesse Custer, who doles out punishment to the wicked.

Of course, if you're going to do a TV show based on the "Preacher" comic book series created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, you better make sure all the fan favorites are included.

We also see glimpses of vampire sidekick Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) and Jesse's ex-girlfriend Tulip O'Hare (Ruth Negga).

Fans are eager to see whether Sam Catlin ("Breaking Bad"), Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's adaptation of "Preacher" stays true to the comic series.

There wasn't any mention of the supernatural creature named Genesis that possesses Jesse, nor did we catch sight of the Saint of Killers (think the Angel of Death as a cowboy). But if you look at the IMDB page for "Preacher," the cast lists other memorable characters from the comic including Arseface.

"Preacher" has us praying that other comic characters like Jesse's Cajun grandmother and the egotistical Herr Starr show up in the AMC TV series as well.

The first season of "Preacher" runs 10 episodes and premieres on AMC in mid-2016.