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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1: Back on the Street Paperback – March 17, 2009
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Ellis's dystopic narrative, with its full-color tale of a gonzo journalist, shares with mainstream superhero comics a macho ethos that undermines the otherwise cool Watchmen-like script. Spider Jerusalem, a hip reporter of the Hunter Thompson mode, breaks a five-year drug binge on a mountaintop to replenish his resources. The city he returns to resembles the post-apocalyptic Blade Runner and all its funky visual progeny, and Jerusalem soon uncovers a government plot involving a staged rebellion by half-aliens. Two pages at the end (done by a different artist?) suggest how much better this would have looked in a style like Moebius, instead of the conventional DC-house graphics. Still, lots of background gags and some sharp cross-cutting panels make for a compelling read. (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Warren Ellis has created and written for The Authority, Transmetropolitan, Orbiter, the award-winning Planetary, and the forthcoming Ministry of Space. Darick Robertson is the artist and co-creator of Transmetropolitan. He is also the artist on The Boys and Fury, and creator of Space Beaver. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Meet Spider Jerusalem. An anitsocial journalist forced out of his temporary retirement by lawyers, Spider embodies the two things we love about antiheroes, he'll fight against all the corruption and exploitation in the world, while still raging at the complacent citizens who let it go on. In this volume, he covers stories about the human-alien hybrid movement, the presidential election, television, and the new religions popping up like weeds. Ellis writes fantastic dialogue and brutal sarcasm to immerse you in these scenes. The artwork is also great, with Robertson loading the background with details and gags so that you want to read every panel twice.
This looks like it's going to be one of my favorite Vertigo series.
Aside from praise for the series, the volume itself arrived well bound and vibrantly printed.
In short, Transmetropolitan KICK ASS!
The only negative I could say about this is if you pick up this first volume, you will end up spending a bunch of money picking up the rest.
I only give it four stars because it kind of throws you into the story and expects you to catch up. Perhaps there will be a back-story somewhere along the line, but it doesn't really matter. Also, it's got a certain feel to it that I'm sure will turn a lot of people off - if you are easily offended stay away. I think I'm exceptionally open minded about things and there are moments when I think perhaps the writer has pushed too far to try and make a point, and instead it just seems forced in order to gain shock value. Nothing is off-limits. However, I am currently on #3 and intend to keep going.
One really cool aspect of this collection is the highly detailed artwork. The background is chock full of little zingers and jokes and what-not. If you take the time to carefully study the panels, you realize you're getting a LOT more than you might have bargained for. I recommend it, but it's definitely not for everyone.