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URL: http://multiversitycomics.com/columns/365-days-of-cerebus-part-3-church-and-state-i/

365 Days of Cerebus, Part 3: Church and State I - Multiversity Comics

Ah, April begins, you know it can only mean one thing: time for the third installment of 365 Days of Cerebus, my column where I read all 300 issues of “Cerebus” over the year and take time out each month to write my thoughts down to share with you. Maybe I’ll say something insightful. Maybe I’ll just ramble. Either way, it’s an endeavor.

And no, before you ask, at no point during any of this do I joke.

When you’re done raising your hands in praise of Cerebus, look down below for some thoughts on “Church and State I.”

There’s a lot to talk about with this volume of “Cerebus,” but one thing seems important to discuss first: the issue that isn’t in the phone book, featuring the return of most of the comedians/satiric characters Sim has introduced in the series. The lack of inclusion of it in the phone book is actually somewhat bewildering, considering how crucial the issue seems to be; picking up where the finale of ‘High Society’ left us, this shows exactly what happens with Cerebus to take him to the next book, and is absolutely hilarious. Honestly, after how dense all of “High Society” became, this issue was like a palette cleanser before the next big meal, and remains one of my absolute favorite issues of the series so far. If you’ve only collected the phone books, it’s really worthwhile to track down the “zero” issue of “Cerebus” so you can have this and more in your collection.

Also, how I never picked up that Lord Rodney was Rodney Dangerfield is beyond me. I’m sad I missed that one originally.

So, right off the bat, I think it’s perhaps easy to say that this may just be the best “Cerebus” story. It’s early in the series, I realize – not even 100 issues in yet – but this is easily the most engrossing that “Cerebus” has been since it began.

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"Ah, April begins, you know it can only mean one thing: time for the third installment of 365 Days of Cerebus, my column where I read all 300 issues of “Cerebus” over the year and take time out each month to write my thoughts down to share with you. Maybe I’ll say something insightful. Maybe I’ll just ramble. Either way, it’s an endeavor."

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