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Transmetropolitan VOL 03: Year of the Bastard Paperback – September 1, 1999
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*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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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This was thoroughly enjoyable: a superhero story for grown ups who came to terms with the fact that super powers don't exist. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Benoit Lelievre
Love this series and glad I could find this one. Great condition.Published 16 months ago by Morgan Manwaring
Fantastic novel. But it shipped all warped. The front cover was bent. The edge of it is bent to hell. C'mon Amazon. My other comics were not shipped so unprofessionally. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Landen
When compared to the first two volumes this one is much better. You could even skip the first two and read this one on it's own. Read morePublished 22 months ago by dagmar merrill
Vol 3 continues the great saga. Artwork is great, story line is fabulous, and in this one we see that Spider might just have a little human in him.Published 22 months ago by K. Erickson
I love this series so much I had to re-purchase 5 volumes after the person I lent them to "lost" them.Published 23 months ago by OliviaSubject
With vol. 3 Transmetopolitan doesnt joke around, the same awesome of the last two books is in here even more developed. This series just keeps you wanting more and more. Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Gabo
I've been eagerly reading the Transmetropolitan collected volumes over the past few weeks, and when I got to #3, roughly halfway through the binding fell apart. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by S. Witt
Warren Ellis on fire!
Darrick Robertson, clean and visceral!
If you HATE America's current political landscape, READ THIS SERIES!!!