|January 1984: All Lined Up|
|Writer & Artist||Dave Sim|
|Church & State I|
Cerebus has settled into being Prime Minister again. Blakely has come to dinner, but Cerebus and Mrs. Henrot-Gutch, Sophia's mother, make it more lively than most dinners. While Cerebus is in bed, not "getting any" from Sophia, a messenger summons him to see the Eastern pontiff, Pope Harmony IV, who is two popes later than Cerebus remembers.
The Pope reveals many secrets to Cerebus before the representative for the "Lion of Serrea," the western pontiff, executes him for being a Cirinist. We see that the Western church seems to have much more power than its counterpart.
This issue gives many clues to future events in Cerebus' life, and provides the basis for the tarot/ascension theory.
- Blakely (last seen in issue 49; next appearance in issue 60)
- Cerebus (last seen in issue 57; next appearance in issue 59)
- Elf (last seen in issue 50; next appearance in issue 59)
- Mrs. Henrot-Gutch (last seen in issue 57; next appearance in issue 60)
- Pope Harmony IV (only appearance)
- Red Sophia (last seen in issue 57; next appearance in issue 60)
If Dave has something to say on the issue, add it here
- Pope Harmony IV: "You see my young friend the Cirinists are right. A live birth is the only suitable measure of a citizen's worth. One live birth. . .one vote. . .the right to own land. . .the right to handle currency. . .to own men." p. 144 - 5.
- Pope Harmony IV states that the Grand Inquisitor made a mockery of the Eastern Church.
- p. 13: Pope Harmony IV says that "Julius of Palnu, LaFort of Lower Felda, Duke Leonardi of New Sepra and D'Gan of Togith...these are his (Weisshaupt's) kings..." Unknown if this is the first time that the leaders of Lower Felda and Togith are revealed.