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Cerebus, Volume 1 by Dave Sim

Cerebus, Volume 1 (1987)

by Dave Sim, Gerhard (Illustrator)

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This is the first volume collecting the long-running comic book Cerebus by Canadian cartoonist Dave Sim. I learned about this from friends online, and thought a comic about an anthropomorphic aardvark mercenary in a medieval fantasy setting sounded delightfully absurd. After reading it, I found it kind of a slog. This first volume of Cerebus is several unconnected stories satirizing both medieval fantasy tropes and politics with many of the stories concluding anti-climatically. Cerebus is serious, amoral, and competent and often plays the straight man to ridiculous characters around him (including an albino who speaks like Foghorn Leghorn). I've heard that later volumes in the series are much better, but I'm on the bubble about reading further, (especially since I've read that Sim is a creepy misogynist and his views are expressed in the comics). ( )
  Othemts | Jan 20, 2015 |
A fast change comes over the work of Dave Sim when he got his comic book about the adventures of an apparent stuffed Aardvark into print. He had to do it all himself, but he thus maintained a unique personal vision. In this first volume we cover the birth of the earth-pig and his growth from a competent satire of a Conan-like action hero into the centre-piece of a wonderful comic kaleidoscope. A must read, especially for all fans of sword-wearing fantasy. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Sep 24, 2013 |
The first of the Cerebus phonebooks: enjoyed it. ( )
  morbusiff | May 9, 2013 |
Before it became waterlogged and top-heavy due to its erudite complexity and self-importance, Dave Sim's serial comic book/graphic novel "Cerebus" was one of the best things going in terms of story, humor and artwork. The story is a sort of surreal takeoff on "Conan the Barbarian", and Cerebus is a close match for Conan in bravery, fighting skill, surliness and lust for gold. He differs by virtue of his being a short aardvark, and some semblance of a sense of humor, albeit a sharp and pointed one. These first 25 stories introduce many of Sim's best long-standing characters, including Red Sophia, Elrod (a great takeoff on Foghorn Leghorn), the Cockroach (a great takeoff on Batman) and Lord Julius (a great takeoff on Groucho Marx). Sim originally planned a 300-book storyline for his Earth Pig. I stopped reading it long before it reached an end, which it presumably did. But the earlier Cerebus is some of the best Sword & Sorcery satire I've ever seen. ( )
  burnit99 | Dec 22, 2011 |
The first collection of a 300-issue series of independently written, drawn and published comic book by Canadian author Dave Sim, it tells the story of the life of an odd little warrior, Cerebus. This comic book series breaks all the traditional rules of storytelling and sequential art, giving the reader a refreshing storyline - with some VERY irreverent characters and situations, with the most unusual hero - a small, grey, 3 foot tall bipedal aardvark who is hell-bent on his quest for power and fortune. He may look cute at first, but you do not want to mess around with Cerebus - he is a barbarian, after all. He doesn't put up with much nonsense. However, he does make some unusual friends, for some strange reason, he lets them live and accompany him on his adventures - or tries to trick them into leaving him alone. This is the first of many collections of comic book issues. Not your usual sword-and-sorcery tale, this satirical look at barbarian adventures will take the reader on a surprising and amusing unexpected life-long journey. ( )
  jwondga | Nov 29, 2010 |
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to the memory of Gene Day

and to Michael, Karen, Deni, Bob

and Eric because they were there

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He came to our city in the early dawn...
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Collects Cerebus #1-25.
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Welcome to Estarcion, the wildly absurd and funny world of Cerebus the Aardvark. This initial volume collects the first two years of stories from Dave Sim's 300-issue magnum opus (still in progress after 20 years). Don't be discouraged by the initially crude artwork or the silliness of the stories. It gets better--even noticeably within this volume. This first installment is the most valuable in preparing for the larger stories ahead.

When we first meet Cerebus--a small, gray, and chronically ill-tempered aardvark--he is making his living as a barbarian. In 1977, when the Cerebus comic book series began, Sim initially conceived of it as a parody of such popular series as Conan, Red Sonja, and Elric but quickly mined that material and transformed the scope of the series into much more. Even by the end of this volume, the Cerebus story begins to transform beyond "funny animal" humor into something much more complex and interesting.

High points in Cerebus include the introduction of Lord Julius, the dictator of Palnu, who looks, acts, and talks just like a certain cigar-smoking, mustachioed comedian; Jaka, Cerebus's one true love; Elrod the Albino, an innept swordsman; and the Cockroach, the-mother-of-all-superhero-parodies and "inspiration" for the much-later TV and comic character--the Tick. All of these characters appear later on in the series as part of a constantly present ensemble of supporting figures.

Even if Cerebus doesn't knock your socks off, give its successor, High Society a try, as this is where the plot really gets going.

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