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Yeah, I know most of us were mostly Marvel readers with some DC and maybe even (gasp) Vertigo thrown in, but maybe we took some time out to read Cerebus?

Personally, I dabbled in it. But I regret only dabbling. I've heard some (a lot?) of it was self-indulgent and impenetrable, yet I think there were gems hidden in the manure. Am I right?






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I never read an issue. I heard that it was an amazing run, did Sim complete his goal of 300 issues with a single writer/artist? I also don't know much about it, but in later years people started to label him a bit of a misogynist.

I only encountered Cerebus twice, in TMNT #8 which was an action-adventure that worked for me; and in Spawn #10 which was kind of a pretentious exploration of the creator/character relationship.



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Mikel Midnight


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The series went off the rails a bit towards the end ('the end' being the last hundred issues or so), but I would say that for 200 issues, Cerebus was one of the best comics ever produced anywhere, in any language.


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    I never read an issue. I heard that it was an amazing run, did Sim complete his goal of 300 issues with a single writer/artist? I also don't know much about it, but in later years people started to label him a bit of a misogynist.



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    I only encountered Cerebus twice, in TMNT #8 which was an action-adventure that worked for me; and in Spawn #10 which was kind of a pretentious exploration of the creator/character relationship.


I just have the same Spawn #10 appearance of him. I recall reading about Cerebus' book in Previews, or some such book back at that time, though. Maybe some day, when I have more money to spend on comics that I don't already do, I'll check the series out. What is the full premise? I only remember the shown comic covers.




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    Maybe some day, when I have more money to spend on comics that I don't already do, I'll check the series out. What is the full premise? I only remember the shown comic covers.


Book One is a funny-animal parody of Conan. Book Two satirises politics. Books Three and Four satirise politics and religion.

Book Five is about relationships and longing. Book Six is about the death of Oscar Wilde.

Books Seven thru Ten sort of wrap everything up as Sim starts to go off the deep end, and from Book Eleven onwards ... it's sort of difficult to describe.

I would absolutely recommend the series, but based on your interests, you could stop with Book Four, Six. or Ten. Not many have the intestinal fortitude to go much farther than that.



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      Maybe some day, when I have more money to spend on comics that I don't already do, I'll check the series out. What is the full premise? I only remember the shown comic covers.



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    Book One is a funny-animal parody of Conan. Book Two satirises politics. Books Three and Four satirise politics and religion.



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    Book Five is about relationships and longing. Book Six is about the death of Oscar Wilde.



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    Books Seven thru Ten sort of wrap everything up as Sim starts to go off the deep end, and from Book Eleven onwards ... it's sort of difficult to describe.



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    I would absolutely recommend the series, but based on your interests, you could stop with Book Four, Six. or Ten. Not many have the intestinal fortitude to go much farther than that.


Wasn't Cerebus a monthly series? Kinda confused.




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I believe it was a monthly series that has since been collected into a series of collections, like Marvel's Essentials or DC's Showcase Presents.



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    I believe it was a monthly series that has since been collected into a series of collections, like Marvel's Essentials or DC's Showcase Presents.


Yes. I think Dave Sim may well have invented the black and white "phone book" format. Though of course Cerebus was black and white to begin with, unlike the stories collected in the Essentials or Showcase Presents volumes.






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Mikel Midnight


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Indeed. Moreover, Cerebus is actually written as 25-issue arcs, so buying an individual issue would tend to be confusing.


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