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Cerebus, Volume 1
Cerebus, Volume 1
by Dave Sim
from Aardvark Vanheim
High Society (Cerebus, Volume 2)
High Society (Cerebus, Volume 2)
by Dave Sim
from Aardvark Vanheim

 
Church & State I (Cerebus, Volume 3)
Church & State I (Cerebus, Volume 3)
by Dave Sim
Church and State is volume three of the Cerebus the Aardvark series and picks up right where High Society leaves off. To compound matters further, this reprint volume is part one of a two-part story that is self-contained within the larger framework. 

A face from Cerebus's past returns with an offer he can't refuse. But the gray one has learned a few lessons from the powers that be and turns the tables on the would-be puppet masters. This volume also marks the addition of Gerhard as a background artist, and the artwork begins to create a visual impact equal to the creative impact of the comic book's ideas and stories. The storytelling also becomes subtler, the beginning of a stylistic trademark in Cerebus that leads the reader to believe more action is taking place peripherally than in the actual pages. High points include a two-part dream sequence, which is visually unparalleled in the history of comic art; a pee-break which is unrivaled in length in the history of comic art; the return of Jaka; and "the baby incident." Don't forget to pick up Church and State, Volume Two , as volume one ends with the cruelest of cliffhangers. This is the Ivan the Terrible of graphic novels, both in terms of its subject matter and the creative peak it represents for the author.
from Aardvark-Vanaheim
Paperback: 592 pages 
Publisher: Aardvark-Vanaheim; 1 edition (June 1987)
ISBN: 0919359094 

Church & State II (Cerebus, Volume 4)
by Dave Sim
from Aardvark Vanheim
 

Jaka's Story (Cerebus, Volume 5)
Jaka's Story (Cerebus, Volume 5)
by Dave Sim, Gerhard
Cerebus is a 6,000 page comics novel about the life and death of a warrior aardvark. But what started as a Conan the Barbarian parody has evolved into a brilliant commentary on politics, gender roles and the creative urge. Jaka's Story is the fifth book in the series, and it tells the story of a dancer (Jaka) stranded in a deserted town surrounded by her carefree husband, a lecherous bartender and Oscar Wilde. Rich and satisfyingly complex, this is well worth your time. Amazon.com
from Aardvark Vanheim

 
Melmoth (Cerebus, Volume 6)
Melmoth (Cerebus, Volume 6)
by Dave Sim
More than 11 years into a 25-year project of chronicling the life of a single main character, Dave Sim took a small detour (of sorts), put his main character Cerebus on the sidelines, and told this story of the last days of Oscar Wilde. Some Cerebus readers think this book is a needless distraction from Sim's master epic; others think this is one of Sim's finest achievements, and that by combining and slightly altering the very real letters of Robert Ross to More Adey (originally printed in the Collected Letters of Oscar Wilde), Sim was able to add a depth and breadth to his fiction never before possible. Either way, Sim and exquisite background artist Gerhard are in fine form as they weave this tale of Wilde into their fictional landscape of a new matriarchal establishment. Amazon.com
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Reads (Cerebus, Volume 9)
Reads (Cerebus, Volume 9)
by Dave Sim
The ninth volume of the Cerebus the Aardvark series, Reads, is the penultimate chapter of the larger Mothers and Daughters story. This is one of the most powerful editions in the series and one of the most ambitious narratives that Dave Sim has ever attempted.

In addition, Reads is the most controversial volume of the Cerebus series to date because of a parallel narrative involving two characters--Viktor Reid and Viktor Davis--who are both alter egos for Dave Sim. This controversy is a shame because the offensive section in Reads--which explores the relationship between men and women--represents only one possible view of this subject. When read as part of the whole series, the passages that may have seemed shocking to some, appear (like all points of this narrative) to question and provoke rather than offend. Viktor Davis is far from a reliable narrator, an idea that is reinforced by the final paragraphs of his narrative and demonstrated by the scariest of all Cerebus practical jokes. Are Viktor Davis or Viktor Reid representative of Dave Sim or simply aspects of his persona? The ending suggests the answer.

Meanwhile, Cerebus, Po, Cirin, and Astoria debate the important stuff, including our aardvark friend's genitalia, the history of Illusionism, the nature of power, and the fate of Astoria's child. Despite the bad rap, Reads is Cerebus at its finest. Like the best of art, Reads has the power to shock, surprise, amuse, and offend--and it even has a whiz-bang fight scene. What more could you want? Amazon.com
from Aardvark Vanheim

Rick's Story (Cerebus, Book 12)
by Dave Sim, Gerhard
from Aardvark Vanheim
 

Guys (Cerebus, Book 11)
Guys (Cerebus, Book 11)
by Dave Sim, Gerhard
Paperback: 408 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 10.00 x 7.75 
Publisher: Aardvark Vanheim; 1 edition  
ISBN: 0919359175 
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Flight (Cerebus, Volume 7)
Flight (Cerebus, Volume 7)
by Dave Sim, Gerhard
The counterpoint to the impressive foundation of the two-volume, 1,200-page Church & State is the equally impressive, equally complex Mothers & Daughters, the first volume of which is Flight. This graphic novel concerns the fight between the newly established matriarchy and the opposing "daughterarchy." Cerebus, trying to regain the power he lost when the matriarchal Cirinists took over, heads down a fateful, blood-soaked path. Dave Sim is often reviled as a misogynist because of the radical politics and philosophy laid down in his books, the groundwork of which begins here and builds toward the climax of Mothers & Daughters, which was so explosive that when it was initially released it cost Sim several close friends. Amazon.com
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