Review: Women (Cerebus Vol. 8)

July 28, 2009

From Wikipedia –

Second part of the story-arc Mothers and Daughters. Cerebus crashes back to earth. He is assisted by a mysterious old woman who is being openly spied upon by the Cirinists; she sends him to a bar to hide. This story arc includes a parody of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman (DC Comics/Vertigo), with The Roach playing “Swoon” (a parody of Dream (DC Comics)” and Elrod playing “Snuff” (a parody of Death (DC Comics)”. Astoria and Cirin symbolically duel in a dream realm. The book includes excepts from books written by Astoria and Cirin that describe their differing beliefs. Cerebus flies across the city to slay Astoria, but is interrupted by the physical arrival of Suenteus Po.

Yeah. Sums it up all right.

Maybe this is why Sim keeps coming back to already established characters for comic relief/exposition…

women-1Would explain a lot (although with 6000 pages, one would think that Sim had the room to do a large cast – but chose not to). The comic relief goes on and on, diluting the seriousness of the Ascension/Cirin/Astoria subplot for people like me who are at least willing to give Sim a chance with what he’s doing.  Pity that, since this volume gives me some things to like about Astoria’s character.

In my opinion – another placeholder session.  It’s going to take some time to review Reads, since there’s huge sections of the volume in text, and in comic form, which for the sake of my own sanity I’m going to read separately.  At least the text there isn’t overly-hard to read…

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