Probably the most notable of achievements of self-publishing, Cerebus lasted 300 issues by Dave Sim and Gerhard. Despite all the static surrounding Sim’s world view and opinions on feminism, the comic is highly regarded. And I’ve never read a single issue.
(Okay – I admit it’s awfully hard to ignore Sim’s offer to fistfight Bone creator Jeff Smith, or his lengthy essays on feminism, abortion, the shortcomings of all women, homosexuality, etc. Confused? Check out the The Comics Journal piece about Sim’s belief system.)
I think part of the appeal of Cerebus is the development of the characters over time, and the fact they actually aged over time. There’s a defined story arc – something I admired about Starman, Y: Last Man, and Ex Machina. The writer has a plan in mind, that reveals itself over time.
So, dear readers, tell me what have I missed? Is Cerebus worth reading?