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Transmetropolitan Book One Paperback – February 26, 2019
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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." --Playboy
About the Author
His awards and recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society’s President’s Medal for service to freedom of speech, the Eagle Awards Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.
Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.
Darick Robertson is a veteran comic artist who has worked at DC Comics and Marvel for nearly twenty years. He broke into the mainstream drawing Justice League for DC and went on to work for Marvel where he penciled titles including Wolverine, Spider-Man, and most notably the New Warriors. Robertson is best known as the artist / co-creator of the Eisner Award-winning series Transmetropolitan with writer Warren Ellis, which was hailed by Wired magazine as "The Graphic Novel of the Decade." He is currently working on an edgy new monthly series entitled The Boys for WildStorm with writer Garth Ennis.
- Publisher : Vertigo; Illustrated edition (February 26, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1401287956
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401287955
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.6 x 0.61 x 10.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #62,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The price was right. I picked up the first 3 and dug in. First and foremost, they look great on my comic shelf next to one another. I am excited to grab Books 4 and 5 for the completionist in me.
The art is Darick Robertson (The Boys) at his best and most detailed. Some panels can be poured over. The story will make you cringe at times. Spider Jerusalem (the main character) is a manic personality. He's Hunter S. Thompson in Grant Morrison's body (throw on some pre-Google Google glasses and some ink). Frank Quitely and Jae Lee pitch in on some amazing covers.
The story is Warren Ellis at his boundary pushing best. He seems to know that 2020 would be the world of Fake News and Trump and he parodies it incredibly. We accept the transmorphism, the cancer pills, the 24 hour news coverage, the lies, the deceit, the fluid genders and we follow Spider as he navigates it all with an ever burning cigarette and plenty of vitriol to go around.
The best comics last forever. Transmetropolitan will be relevant long after 2020 has finished and I expect it will be relevant in 2040, 2060 and 2099. It's the pursuit of truth amidst change. It's navigating increasingly muddy waters and never losing sight of what's right.
Spider's story only starts in these first 12 issues. But like a good editorial, they welcome you. They lay the groundwork for the technology you see and the lunacy presented. I'm not sad I didn't read these when they came out. But I am glad I did eventually.
Enjoy - I give this 4 stars because book 2 is already better. It's a cleaner look at what book 1 gives us. And that's okay. We need book 1 to get to book 2.
This is the story of Spyder Jerusalem, a gonzo journalist in a vaguely-dystopian cyberpunk future. He's living in in a cabin up in the mountains, sick of dealing with people. But a publisher gave him an advance for his next book and it's enough money that they could conceivably hire hit-men. And for whatever reason, Spyder needs to be in the city to write about it. So Spyder reluctantly returns to the crowded, high-tech insanity of The City. He gets a job working as a columnist to keep a roof over his head while he writes his book. He bounces from bizzare future event to bizarre future event, dodging headless assassins, psychotic sentient police dogs, and even stranger conspiracies against the harried journalist.
I'm a huge William Gibson and John Varley fan. The world of Spyder Jerusalem feels like one of Varley's Eight Worlds grounded in a William Gibson future. Additionally, the main character feels a lot like Hunter S. Thompson's Raoul Duke from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Oddly, I really struggled to get into Fear and Loathing and relate to that novel's protagonist, but I love Spyder in Transmetropolitan.
I don't know if the sci-fi setting makes it work or what, but Spyder is the perfect viewpoint character to explore this particular cyberpunk dystopia. The story has these bizarre premises and convolutions but these weirdly human moments scattered throughout.