The Cerebus Re-Read Challenge

Cerebus can be purchased in its entirety from

even better, Volumes 1 and 2 are free!

My commentaries on the Re-Read itself, Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4, Vol 5, Vol 6, Vol 7, Vol 8, Vol, 9, Vol 10, Vol 11, Vol 12, Vol 13, Vol 14, Vol 15, Vol 16


A Note:


I have a hard time not treating both volumes of Church and State as a single work when considering how Dave Sim evolved/portrayed himself to fit the themes of the work. For the sake of these re-reads I split the two volumes for my discussion of the art but what I had to say about the back-matter for both volumes can all be found in my discussion of Church and State Vol. 1.


An Omission:


I don't know how I left this out of my in depth Sim-as-Rock-God analysis in the Vol. 3 commentary, as it is the image that most clearly relates Sim's "I do what I want" Rock-Star-Creator-fighting-the-system attitude of the time with what is going on in the book. Sim juxtaposes his words with an image of Cerebus struggling up the Mountain.




The Art:


Issue #109 has this in the Letter From the President:



Which is the first in-print evidence I have to back up my thesis that Sim tries on different masks as he explores whatever ideas he is delving into within the book at the time.