|March 1984: Sophia|
|Writer & Artist||Dave Sim|
|Church & State I|
This issue focuses on several of the female supporting characters.
First we get a long winded speech from Red Sophia. Both are lying in bed together, and she talks at Cerebus for quite some while he just sits there looking angry. She discusses what the pair usually do when Cerebus comes home upset, how she makes suggestions and he shoots them down, then he goes and drinks three quarters of a bottle of whiskey in one gulp. Sophia continues saying that Cerebus then comes back looking sad and saying that she doesn't want to stay with Cerebus, which she thinks is odd since he ony became Prime Minister because he wanted a divorce so she says she'll stay until something better comes along, same as Cerebus. She continues saying then Cerebus says she is only staying for the free money, servants, chocolate and spices to which she responses sure I am, same as you. She says that is usually when Cerebus breaks something, so she starts to clean it up but he yells at her saying that they have servants for that. She continues saying she then gets a servant to start cleaning it up at which time she asks him if he wants to stay or not, but he says he doesn't want discuss it front of the servants so she asks the same question in Borelan. She says that he says that makes her sound like some stupid northern peasant girl, to which she responds that is because I am a stupid northern peasant girl. She continues saying both of them are benefiting from their current situation, so why not just make the best of it? She finishes up saying that whatever he wants them to do is up to him, she can talk until she is blue in the face, but he is still going to do what he wants to do, so why bother. Plus she needs some sleep, and with that she rolls over to go to sleep, and Cerebus, who has not moved the entire time, is still looking angry.
Next we get a very scary look at the very scary Mrs. Henrot-Gutch who is having tea with Mr. Blakely. Mrs Henrot-Gutch is saying how Sophia is a good girl, and secretive. At that moment, Mrs Henrot-Gutch interrupts her discussion with Blakely to yell at some children who are off panel. She yells at them to get out of a pear tree, and then yells at them she heard their response - thought we don't see it - and with that she looks for her brick. She throws the brick at the kids and laughs when it hits them. She yells at them that she hopes it broken, and then sits back down to continue her discussion with Blakely as she drinks her tea. Mr Blakely is wide eyed and looks astounded at what just occurred.
The Elf tries to tell a joke involving Cerebus' height, but she spoils the ending. All the time Cerebus is looking upset while taking off his Prime Minister outfit and getting in bed. Elf continues saying she heard Mr Filgate tell the joke to Mr Blakely, and then asks Cerebus not to have Filgate arrested.
Finally, Theresa tries to suck up to Weisshaupt, in an attempt to get a job in his government. She tells Weisshaupt what she did after Cerebus' first term as Prime Minister ended, how she fled to Lower Feldan Embassy and managed to find work as a governess for one of the embassy's officials. This official was married, but tried to start an affair with him, but Theresa just took his money and financial help, without giving in to his advances. The official ended up leaving his wife for Theresa, who had him thrown in jail. After telling this story, Theresa leaves Weisshaupt her card. The entire time he just sits there listening to her.
- Abbess (last seen in issue 40; next appearance in issue 67)
- Astoria (last seen in issue 50; next appearance in issue 67)
- Blakely (last seen in issue 58; next appearance in issue 64)
- Cerebus (last seen in issue 59; next appearance in issue 61)
- Elf (last seen in issue 58; next appearance in issue 155)
- Mrs. Henrot-Gutch (last seen in issue 58; next appearance in issue 61)
- Red Sophia (last seen in issue 58; next appearance in issue 61)
- Theresa (last seen in issue 49; next appearance in issue 62)
- Weisshaupt (last seen in issue 59; next appearance in issue 61)
Aardvark Comment in issue 60
"Actually these three issues of short stories are intended to accomplish this -- giving you an idea of what the different characters are thinking and doing when Cerebus isn't around."
- In Aardvark Comment Dave displays a picture from an upcoming Epic Illustrated story and he mentions that "I and Gerhard (say "hi" to the good people, Ger) will be submitting to Archie Goodwin and Jo Duffy. . ."
- In all the stories except Astoria's story, the female character is talking at a male character, who says nothing and usually does nothing. In Astoria's story, she does all the talking also, but she is talking to a female Cirinist.