CHURCH & STATE II by Dave Sim and Gerhard (Cerebus: Volume 4)

CHURCH & STATE II by Dave Sim and Gerhard (Cerebus: Volume 4)

CHURCH & STATE II (Cerebus: Volume 4)
by Dave Sim and Gerhard
630 Pages
Published by Aardvark-Vanaheim

Church and State, Volume II, is the second part of a story that exists as a whole and as part three of the Cerebus the Aardvark series. Many consider this volume to be Dave Sim and background artist Gerhard's best visual work to date.

The action picks up right after the cliffhanger at the end of part one of Church and State. Cerebus attempts to regain his lost throne amidst warnings of a larger crisis. Mountain climbing, the introductions of Prince Mick and Prince Keef (exactly who you might think they are), the Super Secret Sacred Wars, and an Ascension to Vanaheim mark this second half of the Church and State opus. The major plot lines, which started 10 years earlier in Cerebus and High Society, are resolved (to some degree). The ending sets the stage for the more restful and introspective volumes--Jaka's Story and Melmoth--that follow.

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ALAN MOORE (WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA):
"Cerebus, as if I need to say so, is still to comic books what Hydrogen is to the Periodic Table."

BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH (CONAN):
"Dave Sim has created a totally believable scenario and peopled it perfectly; The mark of a very fine story-teller. In my opinion, the best in the field today."

NEIL GAIMAN (SANDMAN, STARDUST, CORALINE):
"I think he's a brilliant cartoonist, a spot-on caricaturist, an excellent letterer and a very fine writer-of-comics... easily the best parody of Sandman anyone's ever done, as various members of the Cerebus cast of characters become Snuff, Swoon and the rest of the Clueless. It was wickedly funny, and had the author of Sandman curling his toes when he read it."

BILL SIENKIEWICZ (STRAY TOASTERS):
"I think Cerebus is one of the greatest accomplishments in comics, not only as a work of art, but as a commitment to a vision."

JERRY SIEGEL (SUPERMAN):
"It's A.R.T., that's what it is! So keep doing your thing in your own unique way. Never mind the off-stage murmurings. Slave away at your drawing desk, you and Gerhard. Tell it all... love, hate, joy, sorrows, comedy. And don't make so many public appearances... your drawing board misses you."

MARK MILLAR (WANTED, KICK-ASS):
"I think of Dave Sim existing in a pantheon of God-like creators with Moore, Miller, etc, and too busy with his own ideas to register that mere mortals like myself even EXIST."

J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI (BABYLON 5):
"He won over the publishing schedules, detractors, critics, people who said it couldn't be done, people who said it shouldn't be done, people who saw misogyny where there was only commentary, who saw indulgence where there was determination, who saw creative control as egocentrism, who saw an individual voice at work and declared it conceit... Year after year, month after (more or less) month, Cerebus made me laugh and think and kept me sane. And it showed me something very important: that you could tell one long story over a period of years, across hundreds of issues, and not only could readers follow it, the subtleties and nuances layered on over the course of those years would add a breathtaking degree of subtext and context to everything that happened."

KEVIN EASTMAN (TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES):
"Cerebus is a book that I believe every comics fan should read at least once."

EDDIE CAMPBELL (FROM HELL, ALEC, BACCHUS):
"...I think he's done books which are among the best books of the graphic novel years. I think Jaka's Story is a wonderful book. It was the actually the first Cerebus book that I read from beginning to end, and I didn't feel that I needed to know anything that went before it, I was happy..."

BILL WILLINGHAM (FABLES):
"Cerebus is one of the top five most important works in funnybook history, and by setting the number at five, I suspect I'm being quite charitable to at least three entries in any given list. Try to imagine what our comic industry today might be like had Cerebus never existed and you'd have to envision an uncrossable wasteland, lacking hundreds of key oasis's inspired and nurtured by this one monumental work."
CHURCH & STATE II by Dave Sim and Gerhard (Cerebus: Volume 4)
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