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Transmetropolitan VOL 03: Year of the Bastard Paperback – September 1, 1999

Book 3 of 11 in the Transmetropolitan Series

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"Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson take a Hunter S. Thompson analogue and put him through a 23rd century wringer. It's angry political sci-fi and it's funny as hell." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Warren Ellis has created and written for The Authority, Transmetropolitan, Orbiter, the award-winning Planetary, and the forthcoming Ministry of Space. Darick Robertson is the artist and co-creator of Transmetropolitan. He is also the artist on The Boys and Fury, and creator of Space Beaver. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Transmetropolitan (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; Cmc edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563895684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563895685
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have to say Transmetropolitan is probably the best Graphic Novel I've read.
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"Transmetropolitan" is a superb series and rightly Warren Ellis' best work.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Lin on May 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
Ye gods, such an incredible combination...
*Transmetropolitan* is quite obviously Ellis' platform for ranting frantically about what he feels is wrong with the world (real, imagined, and otherwise).
For those of you who are Ellis fanatics, the story falls in the not-too-near future in the world that exists around the time that Lazarus Churchyard was busy being a terrorist.
"Year of the Bastard" is something of a homage to Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72."
In other words, this is DEFINITELY NOT a comic book for your average child or teen. Ellis makes no pretense in writing for an adult audience.
Mixed in with the off-color jokes and futuristic musings are meditations, of a sort, on what's wrong with the world - gerrymandering all the poor people into a single community with cheap housing, traitorous political tradeoffs that sell out all the principles that the platform supposedly stands on, and the futility of voting between two evils, to name a few. Can't happen? Try urban housing projects in 50's and 60's, Clinton's presidency, and the current presidential election (robotic liar who sold out to the Chinese and writes extremely bad environmental legislation vs. inexperienced governer with a bad pollution record and not a strong grasp on all the issues).
Too bad we're not all as outspoken as Spider Jerusalem, the beloved outlaw journalist who needs to be in the City he hates and to be hated himself to write well.
It's a great read, folks. I'd suggest you pick it up after watching a couple campaign adds and feeling your brain mush into gel from all the bull that you're being fed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
8 years ago, Spider saw the Beast come into power. After that, he went to his mountain. But he was called back, and in Lust for Life, wrapped his fingers around the pulse of the city. Now, it's election time again, and his editor has spoken. Spider will cover the election, since his readers demand it. Not a threat, but advice for someone who wants to make money for himself and Spider.
You might think that a comic book is for teenagers. Maybe even younger. Some might be. This is not one of them. Spider is a drug crazed maniac. But he's not the worst of the lot.
The politicians are. Heller, with his "America for Americans" catchphrase, and a Hitler lookalike in the crowd - in case you missed the point with the Gothic lettering of his name and having his rallies compared to Nuremberg, it's driven home is a rather unsubtle manner.
The Smiler is just plain deranged. It's not clear if politicians look like that before they've been prepared by their handlers, but the scary thing is I don't find it implausible.
Vita is an interesting character, a nice addition to the cast of maniacs that populate this world. The story line flows well, and demands several re-readings to see all the details that the first reading misses.
The artwork in this novel is simply at its best. Yelena is a character that Darick Robertson is meant to draw, and he does the things he does well, well here. No experimentation, no compromises.
This is easily the best of the series, and makes "The New Scum" all the more disappointing as a follow-up.
Absolute must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Sears on May 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
Here in Volume Three, Spider Jerusalem finds his life once again driven further into madness by the demands of his Editor. Spider has been back into the city for a while, and except for a short but memorable run-in with The Beast, he's failed to address a seemingly unavoidable topic of the news (by choice of course): politics.

It's an election year, and his hated enemy, The Beast, on whose depravity Spider literally wrote the book (the same book which made his career, and drove him out of civilization entirely), is seeking reelection. The Opposition party is in town, and Spider is being dragged kicking and screaming into discussing their imminent convention. Unfortunately for Spider, the front-runner in that race is a neo-fascistic nutjob, and his adversary is a man who only seems to do one thing: smile dementedly.

Can Spider save the American Electorate? Can he pry himself away from the needles, pipes, and pills long enough to find The Truth?

Read Transmetropolitan Volume Three to find out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Chaponda on June 6, 2003
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Perfect. No less. When it comes to graphic novels, this is all one could hope for. It is fascinating. Spider's harsh truth seeking, foul mouthed, character is a brilliant creation. In 'Year of the Bastard' Ellis begins -- in very subtle notes -- to reveal a softer side to this character. In his growing relationship with Vita Severn we begin to understand Spider more, and the fate of this relationship at the end of the novel is Spider's key motication for his actions until issue 60. The ideas, political machinations and wit of the book are all brilliant. Read and be amazed.
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If your like me you've probly never heard of Spider Jerusalem, sounds like a terrorist, or a new bio weapon. He is a weapon, but not the shooting kind (he has plenty of those), no hes a weapon against the truth. Spider Jerusalem's world is very similar to ours except far more advanced

At first I found Transmetropolitan offensive. VERY offensive. It took some serious will power to put away my views on things like religion, and politics, but when I did I enjoyed these books much more, and I suggest you do the same.

Year of the Bastard covers an election that in all honesty reminded me of the Kerry Bush election. Neither candidates are the right choice. But now Spider Jerusalem's large fanbase want him to support one. I won't go into more detail because I don't want to spoil it.

Transmetropolitan is deep. Not like "Animal Farm" "Hey were in the 12 foot end of the pool, and I can't swim" deep end. Its a 6 footer. It became obvious which candidate was which party. But its one big metaphor for this time, and how there isn't that one voice whos REALLY telling the truth. When i finished Transmetropolitan, I had a new perspective on every political situation thats happened "Well you have to look at it this way" and "Is that really what happened?" I have to say Transmetropolitan is probably the best Graphic Novel I've read. Ever. Its what a comic book should be. Not something just kids and nerds read, it something that could be read in a Government class if you cleaned up the language and shooting. It is also one of the greatest books I've read. If you want the truth (and you CAN handle) then give this a shot
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