|August 1988: Square One|
|Backgrounds, cover-colour, and tones||Gerhard|
While sitting on the edge of the broken steps and contemplating the verdict of the Judge on how his life will end, Cerebus decides to kill himself. Doffing his black vest and medallions and tossing away his sword behind him, he tries to muster the courage to jump to his death through the hole in the steps high above the Lower City. Although unable to carry out his suicide, he almost plunges to his death. Exhausted and frightened by his near fatal experience, he falls asleep on the edge of the gap and then dreams of perilously crossing a rickety rope bridge over an abyss that collapses underneath him, leaving him dangling over the pitch black void. Waking in fright and with terrible neck pain, he picks up his vest, sword and medallions then returns to the hotel and his old bedroom to sleep off the pain in a more comfortable spot - the bedroom floor.
On his way out of the front of the hotel the next morning, he finds a single gold coin in the entry hall; all that remains of his once vast hoard. He puts it in his vest pocket. He meets an old man in a tavern a mile further down the road that winds around the side of the Tower who bitterly confirms that Cirin's soldiers have seized control of Iest by force during Cerebus' absence, without any significant opposition from the Iestan army and have imposed martial law but Cerebus isn't phased by the old man's anger. Instead Cerebus just tells the man what he wants to know, "where it all ends." by relating the Judge's story of the End of the Solar System.
- Cerebus (last seen in issue 112; next appearance in issue 115)
- Old Tavern Patron (first appearance; next appearance in issue 126)
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- This issue is actually a "double" size issue and listed as issue 112/113.
Back up material
- Fan Art in Aardvark Comment - Cerebus Tarot Card by Tracy Hall
- Spermbirds record cover