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Transmetropolitan : The New Scum [Paperback]

Warren Ellis , Darick Robertson , Darick Robinson
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22 Sep 2000 Transmetropolitan
Meet Spider Jerusalem, a smart-mouthed, heavily-armed, perpetually smoking reporter of the future as he reacquaints himself with Transmetropolitan's fringe elements, and goes head-to-head with The Smiler and The Beast, two very different candidates for the US Presidential Election.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (22 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184023217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840232172
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 16.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 832,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan series has rightly garnered much praise from a number of quarters (Cyberpunk's finest, Bruce Sterling, loves it!). In Spider Jerusalem, Ellis's angry, intelligent, polemical journalist hero, he has found a powerful character through whom to transmit his scepticism around issues of government, power, representation and truth. But this is not a dull and "worthy" comic--it is often funny, beautifully drawn, with great futuristic details, and it contains some of the sparkiest, most authentic writing around.

In this part of the series, Spider, the voice of the City's hopeless masses, the New Scum, finds himself living in extreme luxury, with two beautiful women (his assistant Yelena and his bodyguard Channon), wooed to interview the competing criminals in the race to become the new President. Drawn into the race, as the most critical commentator around, Spider realises that the people he supposedly speaks for have no interest in the coming election, perhaps understanding more clearly than he does what a charade it actually is. The trouble with the New Scum, however, is that as a reader you perceive exactly what the masses do: that Spider has got himself involved in a story, the story of the Presidency, which is, in fact, not very interesting. Notwithstanding Spider's constant, and constantly amusing, aggravation with the world, the comic needs more than the fire in his belly to heat up this particular instalment--and never quite manages to do it. The details of the story never really cohere, the suspense is minimal, the action often dull. This is not a bad Transmetropolitan chapter, but it is not a great one. --Mark Thwaite

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Warren Ellis has created and written The Authority, Transmetropolitan, Orbiter, the award-winning Planetary, Ministry of Space and much more. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Filthy politics 27 Feb 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Following a shocking political assassination, the election between the Beast and the Smiler ramps up and Spider Jerusalem finds himself courted by both candidates for interviews. Meanwhile Channon finds out Yelena's dirty secret and election day looms.

This book has Warren Ellis writing more about the world of the City with Spider, amidst the campaign madness, showing the reader the poverty stricken and the disenfranchised that live within the richest country in the world. It's a bold move that has no comedic value but it's applicable to circumstances in the real world and adds depth to Spider's character as well as the increasingly familiar-seeming City. You even get to see Spider... be nice. Weird.

The best parts come from Spider's interviews with the incumbent President, the Beast, who comes across as an apathetic and unlikable man who is nonetheless resigned to doing any good for his country, and the Smiler, who comes across as the Joker minus the facepaint. He shows his true colours here and makes it clear that Spider is on his hit-list when he gets into office.

Also included are a couple of Christmas themed one shots which has Spider pontificating on this most gaudy of holidays and referring to Channon and Yelena as his "filthy assistants" for the first time.

"The New Scum" is a solid book from start to finish, Warren Ellis continues to write Spider with a perfect pitch and extra nuance, while Darick Robertson's art is his usual high standard. An excellent read for an excellent series, readers of the series won't be disappointed, and definitely worth a look for any comics fan unfamiliar with Spider Jerusalem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life sucks. Wear a hat. 13 Aug 2001
In this collection of the transmetropolitan series, you can finally begin to understand the true inner working of politics, viewed through the ice-cold eyes of Spider Jerusalem. Warren Ellis has yet again crafted another piece of humour, so black ... it's black. It is work like this, that made me take another shot at reading comics, and I haven't looked back .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up! 18 May 2013
This title is changing and growing. Like a rebellious teenager you might not like what it is becoming. It is getting more mainstream. The narrative is clearer, easy to follow and loses its anarchic punch. Spider is - unfortunately - also becoming more relatable, and even in danger of being a nice guy. Being kind to small children seems a step too far. But it is still an enjoyable tale with Spider making some real enemies.

The art is great and there is a wonderful conversation with Spider and the president, reminiscent of the Frost/ Nixon conversation, which is wonderfully lit and superb to look at.

It is better than other writers can do but not as good as Ellis is capable of. No need to jump ship just yet though. It does promise to get even more interesting.

There are also two short Christmas stories. Thumbs Up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I hate it here... 12 April 2005
'My job is to keep the majority of the people in this country alive: if fifty-one per cent eat a meal tomorrow and forty-nine per cent don't, I've done my job'
The political plot thickens as the election approaches. Spider confronts both sides, winning himself death threats from whoever gains the presidency.
Ellis's writing is as smooth as ever, with beautiful sound-bites dripping off ever tongue but still ensuring that the substance is much more solid than the style.
Fantastic - if you haven't been hooked by now you'll be grabbed by this stage. If you're hooked already this is likely to be the point where you bulk-order the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insanity, Pure Insanity 11 Feb 2001
Ellis and Robinson continue to amaze me with Transmetropolitan, this book continues the presidential election campaign story arc from 'Year of the Bastard' and what twisted,... backstabbing campaign it is. With the help of his 2 assistants Spider Jersualem continues his own campaign to bring the truth to the people on the streets.
Ellis' writing is by turns poignant, thilling, inspiring and provocative, while Robinson's artwork brings a depth of reality to the characters and a wealth of detail and jokes to the backgrounds of the city.
If you already read any of the previous books then you won't even be reading this you'll already have ordered it on spec, if you havn't then start reading them NOW!
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