G-man orchestrated the entirety of Cerebus, from his beginning to his death, before his involvement in Half-Life.He probably did it all for practice so he could manipulate Gordon Freeman more easily.
Sim presented increasingly rabid misogyny in the comic to make Cerebus the comic unloved and unmourned upon its death, just like Cerebus the character.If you look at it this way, then it goes from being hateful to being one of the most brilliant examples of Mind Screw ever.
Sim's "schizophrenic break" was a glimpse of God's plan, and he was trying to save our souls.This Troper realized just before reading the final "phone book" that Sim had perfected hypnotism on the printed page, and snapped out of it. Now he wishes he hadn't.
Everything after issue 25 (aka Everything after the first "phonebook") was just a Reads by OscarOscar heard of the Earth Pig's exploits and decided to write an experimental novel about him. His ego got the better of him and he inserted himself into the narrative TWICE (first in Jaka's Story and then in Melmoth). The real Cerebus never became prime minister or pope. He just remained the hardened mercenary he always was.
After his death, Cerebus was reincarnated as Phoney BoneUpon his death, Cerebus was barred from getting into Heaven due to his misdeeds while he was still alive. His penance was to be sent to a parallel universe where he would be reborn as an orphan forced to look after his two cousins, where caring for them would pay said penance. Besides being reincarnated to a less-than-desirable situation, he now lacks the physical strength and combat expertise from his past life (although he has retained his greed, selfishness, and overall bad attitude). Upon Phoney's death, he will regain the memories of his past life and will be allowed to decide whether he wants to spend eternity in the form of Phoney or Cerebus.
Alternatively, Cerebus was reincarnated as Scott PilgrimBoth Scott and Cerebus are the protagonists of Canadian-created independent comic books that chronicle the lives of their title characters. The last issue of Cerebus (which ended with Cerebus dying and receiving an unseen fate) was published in 2004, the same year the first Scott Pilgrim graphic novel came out. Cerebus (and his creator Dave Sim) had some serious issues with women, Scott has issues with women too, but managed to sort them out in the end. So, in a sense, Cerebus evolved (or shall we say, leveled up) into Scott Pilgrim.
Alternatively (again), Cerebus was reincarnated as Ezekiel.Like Scott, there's the Canadian connection and the issues Ezekiel, Cerebus, and Dave Sim all have with women.
Cerebus was reincarnated as Dave Sim.Sim believes he wrote a work of fiction, but was actually penning the autobiography of his previous life, which only his subconscious remembers. How's that for a Mind Screw?
The Judge's Prophecy was 100 % AccurateAt first glance, it seems the Judge's prophecy about Cerebus living only a few more years is incorrect because Cerebus winds up dying as an old man. However, the Judge has lived for a very long time (and is likely immortal and ageless). Therefore, from the perspective of the Judge, Cerebus's extremely long life span was a short amount of time, or as he put it, "a few more years".
When the comic stopped being a parody of Conan the Barbarian, it became a Stealth Parody of Kull (or maybe a loose, unauthorized Comic Book Adaptation of Kull).Kull is a king who eventually becomes depressed and feels his best years were from when before he became king. Cerebus himself acknowledges that he was at his happiest back in his barbarian days and his dabbling in power and politics bring him nothing in the long run save grief.
The Ada Talbot that Jaka meets in the Cirinist Dungeon in Jaka's Story is a body double.The Cirinists are shown to have detailed files on almost anyone, it's quite possible that instead of her actual childhood Nurse it was an impostor placed next to Jaka's cell in an attempt to help break her spirit. Also note that in the Epilogue, the two maids in Palnu mention the fact that Ada has died but they never mention that she was arrested or executed.