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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 2 February 2012
I read the Transmetropolitan series a few years ago but loved it so much I decided to go back and give them a re-read and see if they hold up the second time around. And if this first volume is any indication, they most certainly do!

Living in isolation atop a mountain idyll, renegade journalist and bestselling author Spider Jerusalem is living the life he's always wanted - shooting rats in a hovel far from the bustling metropolis of the future. If only he'd unplugged the phone... His publisher calls to remind him that he needs to deliver two books or they'll come looking for his advance, and if he's spent it, then they'll do terrible things to him. Knowing that he can't write without being in the city, Spider makes the shaky and hesitant journey from solitary confinement to people saturation, losing the Alan Moore look he's been cultivating for the Hunter S Thompson image that we all know and love.

The best thing about this series, or one of them anyway, is the way everything is skewed and different from our world but seems familiar in small ways. Like Monkey Burger or Ebola Cola, to the kind of narcissistic twerps who endlessly blog and tweet and flood the net with their boring lives, there's plenty here that's similar to our world.

More best things about this series: Warren Ellis' writing. It's never been better than in Transmet and it is scathing, righteous, furious, white hot genius morphed into words from the page and searing itself onto your brain. The lack of restraint and free-wheeling nature of Spider gives Ellis free reign to write the most amazing screeds of hate and disgust you're ever likely to read. Put simply, there are more ideas and more poetry in a single issue of Transmet than most comics books contain. It is his best work and Spider Jerusalem is a character for the ages.

Darick Robertson's artwork is magnificent. He too seems to have cut himself free of restraint and plunged headfirst into the madness of Spider's world, embracing it for all its worth and crafting characters and a world that is utterly amazing to behold. The amount of detail he manages to cram into each panel is brilliant and, while I am unquestionably a huge fan of this man's art, Transmet remains one of his best creations, standing above his work on The Boys, The Punisher, and, more recently, Conan.

So, are you a Transmet virgin and wondering to take the plunge? I love comics and this series is one of the crowning achievements in all comics history. Don't deprive yourself of this ribaldry, this chaos, this pure spitting ball of imagination and beauty, of filth and darkness. There's a transient (human turning himself into a grey alien) called Fred Christ and he's calling for a revolution. Spider is on the case... let's see what he has to say about thieves and liars, shall we?
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on 8 April 2003
You like political satire? Buy this. Like sci-fi? Buy this. Like black humour? Buy this. Like comics in any way? BUY THIS.
Transmetropolitan is a brilliant example of comic work, and at equal times hilarious, thought-provoking and rage-inducing. As our hero, embittered junkie ultra-violent journalist Spider Jerusalem, returns to the futurities City and covers the Transient movement (humans turning themselves into aliens who want more civil liberties), you will see corruption from both the authorities and the movement leaders, and you will see Spider dealing with it... by reporting the truth.
And the truth, as he puts it, "can blow the knee-cap off the world".
Now freaking buy it.
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on 23 October 1998
Transmetropolitan is brilliant. It is. This social-political satire, this sci-fi surreal nightmare, is a work of art. So many things make this book wonderful: It's witty black humor, it's impossible situations and events, it's cynic views of people and the world, and many more. This graphic novel collects the first story arc from Transmetropolitan, which is originaly displayed in issues #1-3. It tells the story of Spider Jerusalem (former star reporter who left the crazy futuristic world described in the book to live in the mountains), as he is forced to come back to the place he hates most: The City. In order for him to support himself he writes a weekly column, with which he uncovers a great government conspiracy concerning the Transients (humans who through plastic surgery are now half human half alien. Intrigued yet?). I won't spill all the details, but I'll say that this story is excellent. Issue #3, the third installment of the story, is one of the most well written, most strong, most amazing stories I have read in the comic book medium, or any medium for that matter. And at the end, you'll just keep asking for more. Do NOT miss this book!!!
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on 18 May 2013
A Gonzo Journalist in a cyberpunk setting is forced out of retirement and finds he can still make a difference.

This is a very dense read. You can't just sit back and be entertained here. There is a lot of prose, a lot of subtext and lashings of futuristic Orwellian technobabble. Imagine Hunter S Thompson meets Mega City One and you will have some idea of the strangeness that is weeping from Ellis' pustulent mind. Anyone who can get Garth Ennis to write their introduction is definitely going to be off the wall.

The art is equally garish and anarchistic. Darick Robertson does a fantastic job of rendering a decadent technopolis completely out of control. There are lots of creative angles and great expressions at work too. The colouring is totally over the top yet there is an expert depiction of light and shade that gives it a sophisticated look.

This is only three issues long yet feels so much longer because of the almost Clockwork Orange dialogue. Anything longer might have proved too tangled for many readers to persevere with so you get a good idea what to expect for the next nine volumes. Thumbs Up!
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on 6 April 2009
I love Transmetroploitan. It was a breath of fresh air after reading so many overly colourful superhero books and dark moody gritty vigilante titles. Spider Jerusalem is basicly "Hunter S. Thompson in the future" but none the less he's an awesome character who inhabits a world which is both amazing and confusing while at the same time being utterly familiar and full of problems we can all relate to.

Warren Ellis presents the future as seen through Spider's ultra-cynical eyes and yet manages to make him likeable despite his many hundreds of character flaws. The city is brilliantly realised by Darrick Robertson's artwork. I got the whole series and was hungry for more when I had read it all. My only problem is that having read Spider Jerusalem I don't think I'll ever be able to go back to Spider-Man!

You can't do much better than this. Buy it. Now!
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on 18 May 2013
A Gonzo Journalist in a cyberpunk setting is forced out of retirement and finds he can still make a difference.

This is a very dense read. You can't just sit back and be entertained here. There is a lot of prose, a lot of subtext and lashings of futuristic Orwellian technobabble. Imagine Hunter S Thompson meets Mega City One and you will have some idea of the strangeness that is weeping from Ellis' pustulent mind. Anyone who can get Garth Ennis to write their introduction is definitely going to be off the wall.

The art is equally garish and anarchistic. Darick Robertson does a fantastic job of rendering a decadent technopolis completely out of control. There are lots of creative angles and great expressions at work too. The colouring is totally over the top yet there is an expert depiction of light and shade that gives it a sophisticated look.

This is only three issues long yet feels so much longer because of the almost Clockwork Orange dialogue. Anything longer might have proved too tangled for many readers to persevere with so you get a good idea what to expect for the next nine volumes. Thumbs Up!
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on 21 February 2015
One of my favourite comic characters ever
every piece of dialogue is so quoteable
all of the politics are not subtle and ridiculously in your face but the comic is fully aware
One little thing i like is in most pictures of the city or streets, there is so many great details if u look at signs, clothes, people so its funny to admire the art and get all the jokes and references covered in every issue
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on 18 June 2009
I don't think I can say anything about this graphic which hasn't already been said. It's pretty old now, but Spider Jerusalem still hits home with his honest gonzo journalism, which seems to be quite appropriate in this day and age. It definitely stands the test of time and Ellis goes from strength to strength with this series of graphics.
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on 24 December 2009
Transmetropolitan is a thing of greatness, for many reasons which are described in other reviews. This is purely a review of the print quality of this edition, which is not as good as the previous version; it appears to be printed on newsprint, which considering that the art of this series is uniquely detailed, colourful and imaginitive, is a pity. Usually these days graphic novels are treated with more respect by the publishers.
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on 2 December 2015
This is the most addictive book I've ever read. More so than Game of Thrones. By the second book I'd resolved myself to buy the rest, next time I went to the comic book store. Having got there, I realised that practically, two of them would fit in my bag. Two is enough for one week, trust me. Don't abuse this s***, make it last
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