291 “Latter Days 26” (no sub-title)
291 “Latter Days 27”
An ancient Cerebus wakes up from the dream of the Creation story. He goes downstairs, which takes pages of stupid bits about Cerebus complaining about body parts. I guess it’s supposed to be funny? He finally gets there and starts writing the dream down as a book. He writes it down, hides it where a voice (Dave?) directs him to, and is told in 2000 years, when the building is razed to build a shopping mall, it will be found. Cerebus then tries to leave to go pray but is told by the guard outside the locked door that the sanctuary is under lockdown, fear of a Joannist attack. Cerebus asks when his son, Shep-Shep, is due to visit, and is informed that his son hasn’t been to visit in 10, maybe 15 years. Cerebus sits down and cries and we see a younger (well, not-ancient) Cerebus walking with a young boy, a flashback as Cerebus sits and cries.
And despite it all, despite how much the writer is an ass, the story is just fucking stupid at times, and how much I’d love to beat the living fuck out of Cerebus, I couldn’t help but go, “Awwww.”
Cerebus cannot remember what happened with his son. We see a montage of images over the years, Cerebus and a boy, Cerebus and a teen, Cerebus and a young man, Cerebus and a man – all his son, obviously. Cerebus pouts and argues with himself and finally decides to pray, and when he starts, he gets the news that his son is on the way, coming to see him that very day. Cerebus begins thanking God.