Cerebus Podcast

This week on the show; Two Batmen, Comics on Tuesday, Cerebus! Plus, Daleks, Cylons, and the Major Spoilers Poll of the Week!

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NEWS
New Comic Tuesday?
LINKAGE

Two Batmen in November
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REVIEWS
Stephen
Coldspace #4 (Boom Studios)
Written by Samuel L. Jackson, Eric Calderon
Drawn by Jeremy Rock
The conflict between the warring factions has reached critical mass, and Mulberry wants his money! Will he survive the gang warfare? Will he get the hot chick? This is the comic finale of the year with Samuel L. Jackson’s stamp of approval, so don’t miss it!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rodrigo
Scott Pilgrim vs. The Video Game

Rating: ★★★★☆

Matthew
THE BOYS #46
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Art by RUSS BRAUN
Cover by DARICK ROBERTSON
Having learned a certain unpleasant truth, Hughie sets out to discover just how dangerous things will now be for the Boys. Frenchie and the Female stay glued to the Homelander, MM almost blows his top, and Annie hears some words of wisdom from an unexpected source. Butcher, meanwhile, gives Hughie the scoop on one of the team’s highest-placed informants… but the most dreadful secret of all is still to come, in part three of “Believe.”

Rating: ★★★½☆

MAJOR SPOILERS POLL OF THE WEEK
This week, Major Spoilerite Rich wants to know who would win in a fight between Captain Picard’s greatest foe, The Borg, or Doctor Who’s foe, the Cybermen.

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MAJOR SPOILERS DISCUSSION: Cerebus, Volume 1
This first volume, uniquely in the series, consists of one to three-issue storylines with only occasional back-references. Cerebus is introduced as an amoral barbarian mercenary, fighting (and betraying) for money and drinking it away. During his adventures, he encounters the warrior Pigts (whose religion reveres aardvarks) and the insane wizard Necross who turns himself into a giant stone Thrunk (a parody of The Thing). Most of the series’ prominent characters are introduced (or at least mentioned) in these issues, including Elrod of Melvinbone; Lord Julius; Artemis (a.k.a. The Roach); and Jaka. The series takes a sharp change in direction with issue #20 which is the first of the “Mind Games” issues that are a feature of the comic and introduces the philosophical Suenteus Po and the ultra-matriarchial Cirinists.

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5 Comments

  1. Brian G.
    September 1, 2010 at 10:46 am — Reply

    Ok. This Batman news is enough for me to say “good bye” now. I promised myself that I wouldn’t pick up any of the 700 new Batman titles; only Batman and Detective. Bruce isn’t in them so I’m not buying them. I despise Morrison and have no interest in the other title. Thanks DC! Now enjoy the view as I show you what a fan walking away looks like.

    (P.s. – as far as Bats ripping off of Cap, lets keep in mind that Bats was actually the first to die and the first to time travel. Just to keep the argument fair, they’ve been steal from each other and not just one sidedly.)

    After this news, I’ve realized that buying single issues isn’t for me any more. With an amazing turn out of crap from my favorite titles any more, an increase in price and a decrease of time spent reading these issues, I think now is the perfect time to walk away from weekly buying all together. I will make 2 exceptions however: God of War because I’m such a fan of the franchise that I will see thier crappy comic to conclusion and Superman/Batman … why? … I don’t really know. I suppose because I’ve already invested 79 issues into it. I’d put Penny for Your Soul on there but instead will wait for the trade (because it’s so good I know it’s coming). I’d put Udon’s works on there but they currently don’t have any except for the last issue of Ibuki.

    I still love reading about comics though so don’t expect me to stop coming around here. I just won’t be giving my money to the stores like i used to.

  2. September 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm — Reply

    I agree that the evolution of Sim’s art in the first Cerebus volume is fascinating, and I think the evolution in his storytelling, equally fascinating, occurs parallel to the art. Volume 1 is a peek into process, it’s Sim developing the character and concept for all to see, warts and all. That’s something you rarely see, especially for a work like Cerebus. He could easily have folded the later, more polished issues into High Society, but chose to allow us the window into the genesis of the title.

    Over the course of this volume, we see Sim begin with the simple Conan parody book, and decide that it can be much more. This potential is fully realized in ‘High Society, and the 2 volumes of ‘Church and State’ which I personally think are comics masterpieces.

    I’ve read Cerebus through ‘Women’ but have yet to finish the entire series. I began to re-read it again when you announced it for the podcast, perhaps this time through I’ll pick up the remaining volumes as I get to them…

  3. brianAround
    September 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm — Reply

    The subplot of the Batman discussion at the start: Suggestive uses of Dick Grayson’s first name.

  4. TheNewNum.2
    September 4, 2010 at 9:29 pm — Reply

    Remember Rodrigo, when I pointed out the similarities between your if I were a hero costume and Tuxedo Mask, I told you that it was a good thing in my books… now if your costume was a schoolgirl uniform with a golden tiara, knee-high boots and red jewels in your hair I might be a bit more worried. :)

  5. zebsdead
    December 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm — Reply

    you guys should do a follow-up to this one, maybe look at the volume Reads. the spectre of sim’s misogyny is raised there for (in my mind) the first time. the text sections are interesting in their discussion of audiences and art in general. returning to this particular well also allows for the largeer discussion of the separation between art and artist (i.e. the talented prick syndrome, not to be confused with the ron jeremy biopic of similar title).

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