|September 1986: Five|
|Backgrounds, cover-colour, and tones||Gerhard|
|Church & State II|
Boobah gets up for a midnight snack, only to find Lord Julius and Duke Leonardi setting up shop. They are planning on charging people to see the Pope (who is immobile, with a glowing sphere around his head.) Sophia shows up to alternately blubber at, and abuse Cerebus. Powers hauls in the Albatross. The Lion of Serrea has been assassinated, making Cerebus Pope of the United Church.
- Big Round Glowing White Strange Thing (last seen in issue 82; next appearance in issue 91)
- Bishop Powers (last seen in issue 87; next appearance in issue 91)
- Boobah (last seen in issue 88; next appearance in issue 91)
- Cerebus (last seen in issue 89; next appearance in issue 91)
- Duke Leonardi (last seen in issue 79; next appearance in issue 92)
- Lord Julius (last seen in issue 82; next appearance in issue 91)
- Red Sophia (last seen in issue 80; next appearance in issue 163)
Speaking on the issue's title: "It was the beginning of Book Five. I would've called it "Astoria" but she wasn't in #90 and that would've confused you even more, wouldn't it?"
- Last page has a reproduction of a note from Dave Sim on Aardvark-Vanaheim, Inc. letter head. This note states that 3,100 of the 6,000 copies have been sold thus far of the High Society phonebook.
- The inside back cover has a picture of the High Society phonebook with the text: "Order for Valentine's Day since it's probably too late for Christmas."
- p. 9:
- Lord Julius: "And to think I was awake half the night worried about high expectations..."
- Duke Leonardi: "I hadda high expectations once, but I'm a drink a big a glass of warm, salty..."
- The joke is a reference to a previous joke from issue 62 and ends with 'water anna it went away like-a data'.
- The back cover has the text "Aardvarks against apartheid", a picture of a building with Most Holy painted on it saying "Don't put your money in South Africa. Give it to me", and the text "Before it's too late." The graphitti on the building has the tag 'Thorn'.
- Aardvark Comment has been replaced with an essay by Dave regarding why he choose to sell the first printing of the High Society phonebook himself and what the retailers can do if they want to have the opportunity to sell future printings.