Posts tagged dream sequence
Posts tagged dream sequence
Jaka and Cerebus are in their tent, trapped in the snowstorm; after Cerebus found Mary and Ham (and believing that Mary killed Ham), they left the camp, to get away from mary. Cerebus is panicked because now he believes they’re going to starve to death and he knows that they’re lost – they were following the shoreline but there is no shoreline between Iest and Cerebus’ home.
Cerebus becomes delirious and dreams of Rick, who tells him that he (Rick) was killed six days prior by the Cirinists and explains why there’s a shoreline – during the fall of Iest, the landscape changed. He also prophesies to Cerebus about a man with a book. Then there is a loud explosion.
This is 20 times more interesting than the first 9 parts of Form and Void.
They’re still traveling, Jaka’s still miserable most of the time, and Cerebus is (once more) reminded of what Rick was once told, that Jaka was a miserable person and for her to be happy, her partner would have to be happy for two. (Which is obviously not a good match for Cerebus, who’s almost as dour as Jaka.)
Cerebus has a dream where Rick Veitch and Alan Moore are talking and it’s pretty much lame and stupid. He wakes up and they’re at the docks.
Things between Cerebus and Jaka still are tense, and Cerebus tells her a funny story about when he was a young lad and fancied a young girl. This gets her to laugh, and later that evening, while in bed, she asks if they can stop fighting; Cerebus agrees, half asleep, having strange dreams about Missy.
They decide to detour to visit Greg at Action Figures Pub, but he’s out of town, opening up other franchises. They tried to play a prank, but since he wasn’t there, it didn’t work, and once again, Jaka is reminded of the special treatment that is thrust upon her by the Cirinist run state, which sours her mood.
Joanne nags Cerebus to go to another tavern for dinner; it’s operated by Marty and his wife. On the way back, Joanne and Cerebus have an argument (mostly on Joanne’s part, Cerebus actually tries to diffuse it, to no avail.)
In bed, Cerebus has a strange dream. I cannot remotely touch upon it any better than the Q&A in the listing at Cerebus Wiki does, so here’s the link - http://www.cereb.us/wiki/index.php?title=Issue_218
Swoon seems to get his alter-egos under control, drawing them back within himself. Cerebus flies towards the tower, but the image of him disappears in a ‘poit’ (often associated with disappearances, especially Swoon’s in the dream world.) At the same time, Astoria, who was walking down the street towards the Church, murmured “Go Away” at some Cirinists who were sighting their crossbows at her (with obvious intent to kill). And they did. As if some wind blows them away, they do.
Citizens observing this begin to praise her as a messiah, redeemer and goddess. Cirin waits for confirmation thas Astoria is dead. Cerebus flies on, other growths of the tower beginning to ‘poit’ away. The dark robed stranger reaches the Upper City. Astoria walks on, and Cirin heads to the Ascension site.
Cerebus, still flying, sees Astoria. She looks up and sees him. He lands (roughly) near her as the citizens begins to proclaim two messiahs, that Astoria and Cerebus are there to save them. Several of Cirin’s own attempt to kill her, now that it seems Astoria is the true chosen one, and Cirin’s globe is revealed to be flawed. Swoon seems focuses on staying calm, keeping control of his self.
Cerebus seems intent on attacking Astoria, but the dark robed stranger reveals himself to be Suenteus Po, and he tells them it is time for them to greet their hostess, and the three go inside the church while the citizenry react in glee and disbelief.
#172: We don’t see Cerebus this issue; primarily we see Astoria, gathering the troops, so to speak, after Cirin broadcasts telepathically, telling the citizens that all is well, her injuries are minor, and for Astoria to surrender.
Swoon is seein in bar, first serving drinks to a squirrel, then being served drinks by a monkey. The dreamworld still resembles a chess board, but less and less so.
Astoria deals with resentment among her followers.
#173: Swoon realises that the events in the dreamworld are an attempt to distract him from the Ascension. He banishes the dreams, but then begins battling with his inner personas (various Roaches) trying to assert themselves.
Cerebus (not hungover), recalls something his old teacher, Magus Doran told him, almost a prophecy of such a time as he now found himself in.
Cirin receives a report that all the Cirinists in the Lower City have fallen asleep. She orders the Upper City to be sealed and the gold to be poured for her orb for her Ascension.
Astoria recalls a moment as a child, and this changes her minds from the mass suicide she had been planning for her and her followers. Instead she, alone, walks to Cirin’s church. Cirin orders for Astoria to be arrested, charge of sorcery.
Cerebus, having set aside Missy, as his old master instructed he would need to, slips out the window, runs down the rooftops and ends up flying. In the Tower, he sees a large face of himself.
A stranger in black, seen several issues ago, travels towards the gates of the Upper City.
Swoon explodes in a plethora of Roach personalities.
#174 tomorrow, #175 Thursday, Month in review on Friday, then taking Sat/Sun off, picking up with #176 on monday Aug 1st.
#170: Cirin wakes up and begins talking; her attendants are all dismissed except for General Greer and someone to transcribe all that Cirin says. And she says a lot. There’s a very tarot-like aspect to much of her speech.
Astoria wakes, but seems to be in a dream state, seeing Cirin opposite her.
Cerebus is drunk and silly.
Swoon meets his ‘sister’ Sleaze, another of the Clueless, in his dream realm.
Jaka is seen in the snow in a courtyard, and sees a statue of an angel as Cerebus; this upsets her greatly.
Later, when Cirin is given the transcript of her waking conversation with Greer, she finds that Greer agreed with a heretical statement, and Greer is ordered to be executed.
#171: Cerebus, having passed out last issue, is dreaming. He dreams of Astoria, seeing her as she is now, sitting on the arm of her couch, drinking Scotch. Astoria is thinking of Cirin and their similarities.
Young Cerebus razzes Drunk Cerebus, and Cerebus’ mom helps. Old Cerebus berates Drunk Cerebus. The Regency Elf wants Cerebus to buy them a house.
Cirin orders those observing Cerebus to be replaced; their assertion that Cerebus had anything to do with the Tower is laughable, or so she asserts. (I’m not sure if Cirin is an idiot or is just trying to enact some damage control.)
Cirin summons up her muster and telepathically contacts everyone in Iest.
See you Monday!
Jaka is dreaming (a common theme all of a sudden) of reading ‘Jaka’s Story’ and wakes up, realising that Cerebus is alive and loves her.
Cirin has cornered Swoon in the dream realm and is asking him questions when Astoria shows up. She and Cirin begin to argue.
Cerebus is seen levitating as he sleeps.
Astoria strikes Cirin in the dream, and bruises appear on her face in the real world. The generals accuse the (male) doctor of sorcery. As Astoria beats Cirin, she transforms into Suenteus Po, who says, “It’s almost time, again” and disappears.
BWAHAHAHAHAHHA! Henrot-Gutch shows up in the dream as Sulk, another of the Clueless, and begins to beat on Swoon.
We get two pages of a letter, written by an unknown author (but a woman) to a younger woman – the letter is evidence in a trial, but we are unsure whose.
Lord Julius is dictating a letter to Boobah, but Baskin keeps interfering by introducing logical details.
We see Cerebus, Jaka and Astoria at their breakfasts; Jaka is ignoring her food, Cerebus and Astoria both get scotch for their breakfast. (Breakfast of champions?)
Astoria is dreaming of reuniting with her father, who gropes her behind. When she looks, he’s Artemis (Swoon) instead, and she hits him and he disappears. She wakes up, greeted by a Cirinist who is apparently of an Astoria-cult. She gets brought up to speed on what’s going on, on the suspicions that Cirin is dead, and is asked for instructions. She instructs them to let her sleep some more and then they’ll see what is what.
Cerebus tries to tell the McGrew Brothers and the barkeep about his journey to the Moon.
Excerpts show Cirin and Astoria’s opposing views on dreams.
Cerebus yells at those with him that he doesn’t need them, but is mocked for carrying Missy around as a result.
Cirin is dreaming and is confronted by Swoon, wearing his bug-helmet, but she sees him for who he is and he disappears in fear.
In Iest, Cirin is unconscious; she only has minor injuries that have been treated, but will not wake up. Her generals argue what to do.
In the dream realm, she chases Swoon more and he teleports away again.
Cerebus is sleeping in the tavern, and dreaming. He sees Suenteus Po on a giant chessboard, with pieces falling and crumbling. Pieces we see have the faces of Astoria, Lord Julius and Missy. In the tavern, Cerebus begins sleepwalking. The Cirinists are observing him and when he doesn’t appear on the 2nd floor as expected, they report him disappearing.
The Cirinists begin to panic until Cirin herself shuts them up. She talks down her anxious generals.
In Cerebus’ dream, he’s dressed in battle armour, Jaka is kneeling at his side and he’s in a protective stance as things fall apart about him on the chessboard. It’s a great pic and I must share.
Cerebus appears on the rooftop, still sleep walking. A point of how he is carrying Missy is noted (every little detail of Cerebus and his actions have been debated and examined for meaning by the Cirinists, covered in the reports to Cirin last issue.)
On the mental bandwidth, the Cirinists begin to panic again over Cerebus’ actions. Cirin shuts them up and lays down the law until one of her generals interrupts her to instruct her to look at the Tower. Whatever about the Tower stuns Cirin.
Two more excepts of text, again from Cirin and Astoria, touch upon the Ascension and the tunnel-vision of the Maternalists of the Cirinist belief.
As Cerebus lifts his sword, the Tower grows. When it is high again, he belches and the upper half of the Tower breaks off, falling to Iest. Complete panic sets in, various voices claim to be Cirin, others that Cirin is dead, others that Cirin and Astoria are calling for calm. There is great destruction from the Tower falling upon the city. This is the third occurrence of “Something Fell” (the first two times, when the Pope was killed, Cerebus heard a noise and made that comment, the second time was during the trial of Astoria, there was a bang, and Cerebus said it again. This time, the Tower fell and an Iestan voice said it.)
Cerebus, still sleep walking, goes back inside and sits down to sleep.