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Cerebus (Cerebus, Book 1) [Paperback]

Dave Sim
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (Jan 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0919359086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0919359086
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Despite being a very underachieving book in its own right, this introductory compilation starts to set up the intense world of cerebus which develops in the later stories. The change of cerebus from a cartoon joke to a physical entity is also seen in the story lines as well as the quality of the graphics. The one off joke pace of the first few stories is soon replaced by a continuous story line which draws the reader in, wanting to know more about cerebus's future and, more importantly, his past.
All in all one of the best introductions to a cartoon character ever
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Parody of all things fantasy 11 Oct 2002
Format:Paperback
Started in the late 70's, Cerebus starts as a parody of the fantasy novels and films of the time. Dangerously cool, murderously good with a sword and 'Third greatest bowman in the land,' Cerebus is everything needed to make a fantasy barbarian hero in the classic sense, all wrapped up in a 3 foot body covered in fur that stinks when wet. Designed from the start to run to 300 issues the story grew to always include new parodys of contempory events. The first book sets the scene as a collection of short storylines that introduces most of the warped civiliastions Cerebus deals with. Many characters are introduced that will go on to aid and/or plauge cerebus as he grows through 25 years of storylines.
All in all one of the most uniquely funny comic strips ever written which leave you in tears of laughter as you follow Cerebus's many failed attempts at amassing a fortune fit for king (Although in most cases he makes the fortune, to lose it again immediatly).
If you enjoy fantasy and you enjoy comedy, get clicking! This is the book for you. And when you are finished you will be e-mailing Amazon to stock the other Cerebus books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Now that I have read the 300th and final issue of "Cerebus the Aardvark," it seems appropriate to go back and read the beginning again, knowing what the earth-pig's final fate (and word) will be. "Cerebus, Volume 1" reprints the first 25 issues in which Dave Sim figures out what he is doing with his cute and furry aardvark. The starting point, as Sim himself admitted in teh beginning, was to "Look as much like Barry Smith as possible," a point which is never more obvious than in issue #2 "Captive in Boreala," which the opening pages are basically Sim's version of Smith's "Frost Giant's Daughter." But by the end of these 25 issues "Cerebus" has been remarkably transformed, and by this I mean more than the fact that somewhere doing those two years of comics that Cerebus starts to look like Cerebus (it takes until issue #4 to actually start wearing clothing).
In retrospect what is fascinating here is to reconsider these stories and see how a funny-animal comic book, that begins with Cerebus bouncing on top of a horse as he a city to engage in some Conan the Barbarian like thievery. After all, Cerebus is wearing Conan's helmet and has a necklace with large round things on it just link Conan in the beginning. But then in #3 "Song of Red Sophia" and #4 "Death's Dark Tread" two important things happen. The first is that Sim undertakes some parodies of some supporting characters from the Conan comic book: Robert E. Howard's Red Sonja becomes Red Sophia and Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melibone becomes Elrod the Albino who has a tall pointy hat and speaks exactly like Foghorn Leghorn. The second is that these two twisted characters become the first recurring characters in the "Cerebus" world, and from them Sim branched out in other directions for his targets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!!! 17 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I read this volume after the subsequent volumes, which isn't the right way to do it! The drawings are a little more primitive and the dialogue doesn't flow as easily. However, this book is still absolutely brilliant in terms of its (harmlessly) addictive storyline.
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2.0 out of 5 stars First steps 22 Sep 2008
Format:Paperback
There are two things that have to be noted when reviewing the first volume of Cerebus, Dave Sim's remarkable and controversial 300-issue magnum opus. Firstly, it is utterly unrepresentative of the series as a whole. Secondly, it still manages to be pretty good fun. Far removed from the sophisticated book-length storylines and exploration of real-world issues that would come to characterise the series, this volume for the most part consists of single-issue stories, closely parodying Marvel's Conan series, with the central joke being that the protagonist is not a lumberingly destructive alpha male but a small grey furry cartoon aardvark. It is best judged in comparison to the other `funny animal' comic books that were enjoying popularity at the time (such as Howard the Duck, another key influence on these stories), rather than against later Cerebus volumes like `Jaka's Story' or the `Mothers & Daughters' series - stories which, though featuring the same lead character, are vastly removed from this volume in the depth and breadth of their ambition.

Sim is clearly learning his craft here - his artwork doesn't really settle into anything approaching a recognisable style of his own until about half-way through this volume, though it is nonetheless interesting to watch that style develop as he experiments with pencilling styles and inking techniques. The writing initially consists of little more than Conan rewrites with added jokes, but fortunately those jokes are often very funny - note-perfect impersonations of Foghorn Leghorn and Groucho Marx display Sim's talent for mimicry, and an utterly deranged parody of Batman is a treat for comic-book fans.
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