- Series: Transmetropolitan (Graphic Novels)
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Vertigo (September 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563896273
- ISBN-13: 978-1563896279
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,370,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Transmetropolitan VOL 04: The New Scum (Transmetropolitan (Graphic Novels)) Paperback – September 1, 2000
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It's no wonder he hates it here. Spider Jerusalem, journalist and hero of sorts in Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan, wades through a sewer of poverty and high-tech despair daily in his efforts to understand and report on America. In The New Scum, Ellis contrasts the powerful, in the form of presidential candidates, with the powerless, who are begging and hustling on the streets. The satire is savage and rarely subtle, but the author takes care to show some human warmth lest the comic descend into the nihilism it warns against. The plot, largely secondary to the characters and background events, focuses loosely on Jerusalem's assignment to interview the two candidates, each psychotic and unfit for any office. His bodyguard and personal assistant, meanwhile, discover the terrors of pleasure in a post-nanotech world with unlimited credit. The election-eve climax fully captures the anxiety and depression that come from having no real choice in matters of great importance. Either Ellis or his creation deserves a Pulitzer. --Rob Lightner
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The story focus in a peripheral manner on the election, but since Spider has been removed from the streets by fame, he's too far away to really get at the heart of it.
Lastly, the artwork seems to have taken a turn for the cartoony. It's a lot more '4 color' than previous efforts and just doesn't fit with the world of Spider Jerusalem as previously depicited.
The most interesting thread focuses on the relationship of Channon and Yelena. Which is, while interesting, not what I buy Transmetropolitan for.
Overall, if you liked the first three novels, this is still worth reading. If the first three novels were too offensive, you might find this one tolerable, but since so much of it is built on the first three, it's not that good a story in its own right.