JAKA’S STORY was really well done. It started (intentionally) slow, in a claustrophobic sort of boredom, but ended up with a bang. Sim introduced us to several characters that ended up far from what we expected - I kept waiting for Pud to break, to assault or coerce Jaka into something sexual, or at least to make the attempt.
Rick was a difficult character for me. He starts off as a likeable dope, turns into a completely spineless dimwit, then back to likeable dope… and then when he finds out that Jaka had an abortion, he is consumed by rage and hate… the scene set in Mrs. Thatcher’s office is one of the best in comic books - the perfect contrast of cheery office (after they’ve been imprisoned) and the dark events still resonate with me.
MELMOTH was surprisingly good. I had heard that it was a source of division - some seeing it as Sim’s best work and many others seeing it as a pointless side trip. I’m not sure I think it was his best, but it was far from pointless.
Now, Sebastien Melmoth cannot be the same Oscar from Jaka’s Story - unless Cerebus was gone for years looking for the paint? Or is there a large period of time where he wandered in a stupor before coming back to Iest? I rather suspect that this Oscar is another tribute to Oscar Wilde. (I’ve come across arguments for both interpretations online.) Large parts of the story were done as narrative, using the letters of Robbie Ross, friend of Oscar Wilde.
It was well done and I enjoyed it, as well as some cameos - Princes Keef and Mick, Archbishop Posey, normalroach.
Tomorrow, we start Mothers and Daughters!