|August 1993: Mothers & Daughters 23|
|Mothers & Daughters: Women|
Astoria's followers get ready for an attack. Swoon is having some personality problems (to say the least). Cerebus remembers a conversation he had with Magus Doran long ago. Cerebus puts down Missy, opens the window and steps out.
The stranger in black moves towards the gates of the Upper City. Astoria has a vision of her youth. She leaves her followers to go to see Cirin. Cerebus starts to fly and heads up towards the upper city.
- Astoria (last seen in issue 172; next appearance in issue 174)
- Cerebus (last seen in issue 172; next appearance in issue 174)
- Cirin (last seen in issue 172; next appearance in issue 174)
- Cockroach (last seen in issue 172; next appearance in issue 174)
- Suenteus Po (last seen in issue 172; next appearance in issue 174)
Q4: When Astoria was 9 or 10 she fantasized about building her own church. A man gave her a book called The Kevil, yet another instance of a man bringing a spiritual book to someone. Was this man an ancestor of Konigsberg? If not, who was he? (i173)
DAVE: Well, that would be interesting, wouldn't it? There's certainly a relationship of a pebble striking a pond and the ripples you get from that. My own experience with the Bible and the Koran as transformative texts. As if I had been walking around with my clothes on backwards for years and wondering why I always felt so ...weird. Put your clothes on the right way around. Oh, hey! That's MUCH better. Thanks, whoever-you-are. [Me :^)]
Didn't mean to be that jocose about it. Books are very potent items to convey to other people. I might think that Jack Kerouac was something of a bad idea and come down firmly on the side of the viewpoint enunciated by Truman Capote-"That's not writing, that's just typing"-but look at the number of lives that On The Road transformed, the number of people for whom it wasn't just a book, it was a signpost pointing them in a specific direction.
Back up material
Wandering Star (Woods) last 8 pages of #1 (8)
- 1: Astoria has her followers but glass jars of some flammable liquid by a door thinking "..if they started thinking they would realize that she intended a mass suicide by fire."
- 2: Roach orders a small frozen strawberry daiquiri.
- 3: A small Captain Cockroach pops out of the top of Swoon's head similar to Charles X. Claremont in Church & State II.
- 5: Magus Doran tells Cerebus about how women have "controlled, manipulated, contained and infected pure male magic. It is not theirs. It is ours!" in a conversation that has overtones of Rotsieve.
- 5: Could Ketigern actually be St Kentigern, patron saint of Glasgow? The verse that Magus Doran repeats are the four miracles performed by St Kentigern in "Life of Saint Mungo". Magus saids that the four miracles are from the legend of the "mage patron of the city of your father's birth." Dave's father was born in Glasgow.
- 7: Cerebus puts Missy down on a wooden chair. Missy would not be seen again until issue 230 when Dave drops her off at the bar where Cerebus is staying.
- 7: Po is wearing black robes and an hour glass reminiscent of the Death character.
- 8: The verse from the author Kevil in the book young Astoria reads is actually from a poem by Taliesin.