One of the worst things of indulging in obscure cult hits is getting heavily invested in headcannons that the rest of the world is largely ignorant about, being totally obsessed with whatever popular media outlet is currently happening. I had no one to share my viewpoints with (at least not online), without potentially alienating anyone about just what I found so compelling, and going into comprehensive backlog of exposition which is not my forte.
Despite the fact that there’s very little cross-over appeal, I noticed certain similarities between Cerebus and Bleach:
- Both series started out rough but strong, then lost their appeal around the 2/3 mark.
- Both series had their chapter titles displayed in innovative ways (particularly during Church & State).
- Both series were in Black & White, and written by an author with Misogynist qualities.
Okay, so there's not that much similarity, but once I got started, I couldn't stop, especially since I was underwhelmed at the lackluster Bleach arc, and started thinking up ways it could be made more interesting.
Of course, given the sheer intimidation factor that is Cerebus, only a handful of people who'd get all the references would understand what the hell I was talking about. There's no other medium that Cerebus is capable of working in, and adapting the Magnum Opus is an exercise in madness. Though, if one were to theoretically try, it would be to combine the first and 2nd books at the same time. Have the events of High Society be offset with flashbacks to Cerebus' time as a Barbarian Mercenary.
I started getting invested in Cerebus around the same time that Bleach was winding down. Both long-running series are beloved more for their first two-thirds rather than their last third which for the latter, many felt spoiled the series’ reputation as a whole.
Around that time, Captain Aizen was involved with a convoluted plan to breach the gates of Heaven (or what counts as the higher plane ruling Soul Society) In a similar way, Cerebus was described as being three failed attempts to approach Heaven. So it didn’t take much imagination to imagine what the ensuing conflict of Cerebus and Aizen would’ve been like, since they were so wonderfully unorthodox, since the majority of Bleach’s Bankais were more or less an impressive show of power one-upmanship.
On the other side of the spectrum, Cerebus was extremely influential, but almost forgotten. Though the Telephone book collections' relevance is starting to gain some recognition in light of a certain American politician who shall remain nameless (ol’ whatsisname)
The fanfic I had in mind was where Aizen would've finally breached the gates of Heaven... only to find out that their gatekeeper is apathetic, greedy, immoral, and just plain confounding.