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Latter Days (Cerebus #15)

2.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  258 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Reprinting Cerebus Issues 266-288

The penultimate volume of Sim's uncategorizable 6,000-page comics epic about a talking aardvark and medieval politics is the oddest one yet. Since its debut almost 25 years ago as a parody of barbarian comics, Cerebus has become one of the most maddeningly idiosyncratic tales available anywhere.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published November 30th 2003 by Aardvark-Vanheim
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Christian Lipski
Jul 06, 2008 Christian Lipski rated it it was ok
Starts off promising, with Cerebus reeling from the shocks at the end of Going Home. He's looking to get killed, since there's nothing left to live for. In between blank-out periods, he becomes a sheepherder who peeps on his boss' wife, then while working at a community job (alcohol in taverns is no longer free, costing community service time) he realizes that he's really good at "five-bar gate", a game that Sim made up as a kid. His adventure with this takes thirty years and one issue. Finally, ...more
Mark
Feb 07, 2015 Mark rated it it was ok
The short stories that opened this collection were interesting in their pathos, but once the three stooges showed up the rails were completely abandoned. Also I didn't read any of the block text, I value my functioning brain more than that.
Benjamin
Oct 08, 2015 Benjamin rated it it was ok
I always feel guilty about skimming books. I do it very infrequently, however, and the only two examples that come to mind are Reads (the 9th volume of Cerebus) and Latter Days (the 15th volume of Cerebus).

Skimming Latter Days was as difficult as skimming Reads, and for the same reasons: both books began with engaging, thoughtful, entertaining, relevant material. The sections that were not any of those things weren't until about halfway through. Reads, at the very least, had the decency to sepa
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Joshua Neuhouser
Nov 09, 2014 Joshua Neuhouser rated it did not like it
Latter Days was the first time that Cerebus depressed me. Reads — well, everyone knows Reads is coming, and if you skip over the text it's not THAT bad, just skimpy. I found Rick's Story to be pretty hard to get through as well, but that was mainly because it repeated some things that Guys did better, Sim's misogyny was rearing its ugly head again and the whole scriptural thing was a mistake, but I could chalk it up as a failed experiment. But after I finished Latter Days, I just sat there tryin ...more
Bill Williams
Oct 04, 2012 Bill Williams rated it it was ok
This book is a prime example of an old adage.

'Just because you can, does not mean you should.'

Cerebus as a comic book series is known for many things like experimentation with the form, but in this case, Dave Sim's experiments with form break down. Much of the book swings from comics to illustrated fiction as Cerebus has one long conversation with his scribe Konigsberg which is a spot on caricature of Woody Allen. I suspect I was not the only one to catch a cool breeze from the rapid page turnin
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James
Aug 12, 2013 James rated it it was ok
So, this book gets off to a great start. The first two issues are gold-standard Cerebus, and exactly where one hopes the series would have headed as it approached the ending. Cleverly-written, beautifully-drawn, acerbic installments that take Cerebus a huge chunk of the way towards old age, first as an comics-obsessed sheep farmer and then as a professional athlete. What they lack in the literary depth of the other post-Church & State stories, they more than make up for as simply excellent c ...more
Ject Toons
Aug 11, 2010 Ject Toons rated it it was ok
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Sean Samonas
Mar 15, 2013 Sean Samonas rated it did not like it
There needs to be a term for this. This is not the only series I've read where the author changes philosophies or religions and turns the book series into little more then a pulpit to preach from. The first one that comes to mind is the Sword of Truth series.

But here we lose all pretense of this being a book about an aardvark adventurer and we get to be lectured on by Dave Sim. I'm not going to lie, most of this book I skipped through. It was dull and completely uninteresting. This is not why I
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Sardonyx
Aug 02, 2011 Sardonyx rated it liked it
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Michael
Oct 13, 2010 Michael rated it liked it
This book brings back a lot of the humor that has been missing in the series for a while. The first two thirds of the book are a quick amusing read, but then we get to the Torah section. Cerebus reads and gives his interpretation of it's meaning. Which is highly interesting, and has merit. It does lead to a serious slow down and boredom despite the creativity in the material. Later the person reading the material also flips through some pages. Which throws off the interpretation and results in t ...more
Robert Hudder
Dec 16, 2013 Robert Hudder rated it did not like it
Did not like this one. I guess it it valid satire to kill a whole bunch of women and lawyers and people who are dicks but maybe not so much after being called misogynistic. The interminable Torah commentary was tough sledding and not sure it made much sense. Yes, I suppose it is a fair poke at religion but that was a long haul for little reward.

The end of the whole series was a let down but what else can you expect from an Aardvark. The journey is over. It seems a little too depressing.
Nicole
Mar 19, 2009 Nicole rated it it was ok
This series is uneven and peters out at the end. It gets text heavy without adding a lot to our understanding of Cerebus. Also the author includes a lot of personal notes at the end. They are crazy and the nut job should have left them out. The series all and all is worth reading.
Robert
Jan 21, 2014 Robert marked it as stalled
Really pretty funny until you get to the Woody Allen section where Cerebus provides an extensive Torah commentary in tiny 6 point font.

I will come back and try and tough it through this volume at some future point.
Brendan
Jul 30, 2011 Brendan rated it liked it
the first third of this book is pure gold, the last two thirds are absolutely the most tedious and boring reading imaginable. i would have much preferred all three stooges and no woody allen.
Robert
Jul 01, 2016 Robert rated it it was ok

A comic book based on interpreting the Torah? brave? yes! but ultimately dull.
Ratiocination
Aug 01, 2007 Ratiocination rated it it was ok
Several story arcs in this volume, some much better than others.
Robert
May 27, 2013 Robert rated it it was ok
I love the series, but this isn't my favorite collection.
Cale
Mar 06, 2011 Cale rated it did not like it
Unreadable garbage.
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David Victor Sim is a Canadian comic book writer and artist, best known as the creator of Cerebus the Aardvark.
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