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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1: Back on the Street Paperback – March 17, 2009
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I kept on buying my usual titles until the series was wrapping up, and my comic store guys (Rich and Ethan at Comic Fortress, Somerville NJ) told me to just try the first volume.
Thank you, guys.
First of all, this is Warren Ellis' most personal, volatile, heart-felt, and above-the-board best writing he has ever produced. The protagonist, Spider Jerusalem, is a Hunter S Thompson of the future; the series reads like Fear and Loathing in Blade Runner (if Ridley Scott had choked to death watching NBC sitcoms, Ted Nugent hunting videos, and porno). He's a hacked-off gonzo journalist who swings between eyewitness to humanity's best and Bill Hicks "we're a virus with shoes" vitriol, and Ellis crafts every word flawlessly.
Darrick Robertson is the perfect artist to complement the words. There is so much detail in every panel, including very human facial expressions (a very lost art in this business of gritted teeth on every cover) and backgrounds that are like a Where's Waldo of minutiae. As blaringly noisy as this vision of the future is, it's also unsettling enough to be glad we don't live there.
Or do we? Ellis weaves a lot of food for thought throughout the series, commenting on our world through his, and maybe there's some Warren Ellis in Spider Jerusalem.Read more ›
This vividly illustrated tale focuses on Spider Jerusalem, a journalist in a futuristic city. This is very much a science fiction story, spiced with references such as one to a Martian secession movement. In this volume Spider investigates a controversy involving an emergent subculture of genetically altered humans.
The tattooed, chain-smoking, gun-toting Spider is a compelling protagonist. The book is violent but intelligently written and often quite funny. The story raises questions about police conduct, multiculturalism, the First Amendment, and the role of the journalist in society. It's a remarkable book that has whetted my appetite for more of Spider's saga.
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So different to anything around... Deliciously perverse but unstoppable. Can't wait for my next fix of this series. Need more like thisPublished 9 days ago by Sam Patkar
An excellent series, Spider Jerusalem is a man with a singular dedication to the truth.Published 17 days ago by Cody
Absolutely love this book. Spider is one of my favorite characters and I get so excited when I (rarely) see some cosplay him.Published 1 month ago by Zeph
Writing a foul-mouthed, truth-telling protagonist can often turn into a hollow exercise on intellectual masturbation, but it is fortunately not the case here. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Benoit Lelievre
Having read none of Hunter S. Thompson's work, I won't venture to say that Spider Jerusalem reminds me of him. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Grigori T. Cross
The widespread acclaim for this graphic novel is simply baffling. Amidst a handful of interesting ideas is a flurry of gratuitous language and poor characterization. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brett V.