Just finished Jaka's Story which is phone-book 5 in the Cerebus series run. The book is stunning in so many ways. First It's a brave step to spend 2 years talking about an additional character ignoring the story's title character (this web page puts it nicely in that it's like 2 years of a Lois Lane back-story in a Superman comic and even 9 months where neither Supes or Clark appear at all). OK this is a 300 issue comic we're talking about, but still, some cohones there.
The interaction between Pud Withers (ooo soo rude a name Mr Sim) and Jaka is very well written, the simmering sexual tension is well drawn in terms of text and pictures, and this carries over into other characters' story arcs (Rick and Oscar, Rick and Jaka, Cerebus and Jaka, maybe even Lord Julius and Jaka) and makes the book a pressure cooker read.
His critique of radical feminism through the rise of the Cirinists does reveal a misogynist world-view (for which he has become kinda infamous in comic book-dom), but at the moment it hasn't taken full wing (I sense it will soon though). And the choice of Mrs Thatcher as a main "baddie" is very astute. Particularly the thumb breaking scene.
The text and individual image pages (and there are a lot of them) work at times, and it's interesting to see a branching of visual styles (something Sim is never afraid of), but they do get a little bogged down. That said the genesis of Pud's proposed sexual assault of Jaka, is beautifully and believably styled in the use of these panels.
I would point out that the comic undertones of previous Cerebus stories are completely abandoned here. This is a serious story, one that is unflinchingly told, and beautifully contextualised.
It's an extraordinary ride so far, I think this may be the saddest book I've read, I do have a bit of a sense of doom about the looming thematic undercurrents that may come in.