This blog was never about deconstructing Cerebus, psycho-analyzing Dave Sim, or any of that. It was simple a year long read-a-long. I’d only ever read the first phonebook (and a couple crossovers in other comics), and had always had this as part of my geek Bucket List - read all 300 issues.
So I have. And I have mixed feelings. I may even come back in 3-6 months and cogitate further… but that’s not a promise.
As far as the comic goes, I cannot truly recommend reading all 300 issues. Read through Mothers and Daughters, and stop with issue #200. Stop there and make up your own ending for Cerebus’ story. Maybe he learned some hard lessons and was a better aardvark. Maybe he was the same jackass. Maybe he died young, maybe he died old.
Even the first 200 issues aren’t perfect - there’s so much wasted potential for just great adventure/drama storytelling. But the first 200 are DEFINITELY worth reading. When he’s on, it’s some of the best comic book storytelling of all time, no exaggeration.
Thank you for riding along with me last year. If you’re inclined to follow my other scribblings/bloggings/etc, you can find me on Twitter - @cr8dv8, my personal Tumblr (lots of reblogs, photos from my life, links and occasional posts by me) is http://cr8dv8.tumblr.com/ , my hodge-podge of a blog can be found at http://betterblogthanyours.wordpress.com/ and my creative writing twitter account is @TerryWrites
Also, if you’re a Doctor Who fan, or know of any, let them know about my year long project for 2012 - a viewing/reviewing of ALL original 26 seasons of the original run from 1963-1989, the first Seven Doctors’ serials. It can be found at http://classicdoctorwho2012.wordpress.com/ (there will be an introductory post later today, 1.1.12)
Again, many thanks. If you have any comments, please submit them via http://2011yota.tumblr.com/ask