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Transmetropolitan: Gouge Away - Book 6 Paperback – February 1, 2002
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As always, however, the comedy and vulgarity are tempered by a genuinely disturbing dystopian vision of a modern Western democracy gone subtly totalitarian. Among the comics being written today, _Transmetropolitan_ is nearly unique in its skillful satirical handling of serious issues.
"Gouge Away" continues the increasingly more dramatic storyline of the battle between Spider and the President with the stakes being raised more and more. I liked that Warren Ellis saw fit to get Spider out of the ivory tower that was the luxury apartment he was ensconced in and set him free in the City, it's made for a far more interesting story.
Also included is a one shot tale of the Filthy Assistants, Yellena and Channon, breaking free of Spider for a day and going wild in the City, as well as a look at the celebrity Spider's become due to his columns. Ellis enlists the help of artists like Bryan Hitch, Frank Quitely and Eduardo Risso to draw the TV movie/cartoon/porno versions of Spider following the success of "I Hate It Here".
As always the balance between serious and farcical is walked perfectly by Ellis and Darick Robertson, both of whom seem to be getting better and better with each passing book. "Gouge Away" is an excellent book and only makes the series that much more addictive and interesting to read. "Transmetropolitan" is highly recommended reading.
Spider thinks he finally has enough dirt on the President to go public, and he publishes with the help of some allies, and then does a disappearing act so that the President and hoods can't find him to take action, or force him to recant. This will also help with the worries about losing his edge from being a fatcat type.
Let us not forget the bowel disruptor gun, either.
Gouge Away starts off with Spider Jerusalem facing the greatest horror of his career--commercial success. Comic books, daytime dramas, even porn. What does an outlaw journalist do when faced with pop culture emasculation? Gouge away, of course. Find the story that no one wants him to tell, and tell it. In, of course, the funniest way possible. Another winning episode. *** ½