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Review: Rick’s Story (Cerebus Vol. 12)

August 24, 2009

From Wikipedia:

Eventually Jaka’s ex-husband Rick arrives at the bar. He has significantly aged, become a heavy drinker (he could barely tolerate alcohol in Jaka’s Story), and it is gradually revealed that the mental and emotional scars from the events at the end of Jaka’s Story have left him mildly insane. Rick is working on a book about his life, which gradually becomes a religious work in which Cerebus is a holy figure and Rick his follower. Joanne returns and taunts Cerebus by courting Rick. At the end of the book, Rick departs, for reasons not entirely clear, and tells Cerebus that he will see Rick only once more in his life. After Rick has left, Jaka shows up at the bar, and she and Cerebus depart together, heading for Sand Hills Creek.

Yet another interesting digression from the “main” plot line. ¬†Look – even Sim realizes that the story line might be getting too esoteric for the average reader…

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And, finally, the “jump the shark” moment for me – Sim puts himself graphically into the narrative…

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And more fantasy elements as well, which dropped me right out of the narrative…

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Can Sim recover me with some sort of Hail Mary Pass through the last volumes of the narrative? Stay Tuned…

Plus – I’ve been reading ahead (on Going Home right now) and found this passage in the notes at the back…

Part of my ongoing experiment to incorporate text pieces into a comic book story so that the reader actually reads them instead of skipping over them…”Oh shit. Do I really have to read all THIS?”…Yes, Dave, you have to read all one page of it.

Chasing Scott (notes on Fall & The River, Going Home, third printing August 2000)

The only problem being – there’s more than just one page of it.

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When adding text like this (I would say), don’t go in for lengthy passages like this, especially if they’re in faux-King James or what have you) and distill the essence down to the really important stuff. Just because you have 6000 pages to fill doesn’t mean that you have to bore the reader.¬† Especially when you’re using this as a plot point for the rest of the story…

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