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4.0 out of 5 stars Shooting truth, 22 Mar 2012
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This review is from: Transmetropolitan TP Vol 05 Lonely City New Ed (Transmetropolitan - Revised) (Paperback)
The Beast has been replaced in office by the Smiler, a far more sinister President with plans to obliterate the man who pursued and mocked him throughout the election, Spider Jerusalem. Following a Senator's sex scandal leads Spider and his filthy assistants, Yellena and Channon, to massive corruption within the police force of the city where a hate crime has been essentially buried. But when Spider raises his hackles on the police, he finds that he's walked into a bloody trap...

This book takes the story of the Smiler and Spider to the next level with the opening shots fired against Truth and Justice. As the bodies pile up, Spider realises the fun is has begun and the innocent must be avenged, and, with the white hot self-righteous bile vomiting forth from Warren Ellis' mind, this book is as fun and brilliant as the others are.

Also included are a couple of one-shot issues, one is an interview with Spider giving the reader more background on the character and insights into his childhood, while another is an illustrated column of Spider's "I Hate It Here".

The series continues to be excellent and "Lonely City" is a fine addition to the fun and silly, clever and dramatic stories that are building towards a compelling and enthralling storyline. Excellent writing and drawing, any fans of the series so far won't be disappointed with this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transmet takes a darker turn. If that's possible..., 23 Aug 2001
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Warren Ellis keeps going from strength to strength, backed up with some stunning artwork.
The collection covers more of Jerusalem's essays on the city, some more serious than others, some even reaching tenderness, but all as black as pitch. "Monstering" is lighter than the rest, but the best comes at the end, with a tale of racist murder and police brutality.
A fine collection of stories, which you must own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 5 April 2014
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This review is from: Transmetropolitan TP Vol 05 Lonely City New Ed (Transmetropolitan - Revised) (Paperback)
Love it! Spider Jerusalem at his best even when he's down he manages to find a way to come out on top!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You don't get journalism like this anymore, if you ever did., 17 Feb 2014
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Despite being set in an indeterminate future this, like most good SF, is a scathing dissection of us and everyone else in the world right now. It's funny, sickening, heartfelt and occasionally even heartwarming, but mainly it's scathing. Scathing is the main thing it is.

Like ripping off a sticking plaster in one swift movement, it's shockingly painful and creepily exhilarating at the same time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars There is even an introduction from Patrick Stewart. Thumbs Up!, 18 May 2013
Be careful what you wish for. Just as the last volume goes all mainstream and accessible, tempering Spider's pathological belligerence, this one swings back the other way with single page musings on subjects that you aren't quite sure are fictional. Kind of Alan Wicker meets Terry Gilliam.

Next is a single issue story which sees Spider and Filthy Assistants practice some aggressive journalism. Then onto the main three part story focussing on police brutality which really ramps up the tension initiated in the last volume. It has a powerful ending and you can't wait for the next part.

The art starts to experiment with digital techniques with the odd focus pull and motion blur. Whilst used appropriately these are still a jarring new sight. We are used to our weirdness hand-drawn. Other than that it is on top form displaying its broad creative prowess.

This volume and the series in general seems to be trying to be all things to all people; from mainstream political thriller to surreal tone poem. It won't please all of the people all of the time but when it hits your spot it is very good indeed. There is even an introduction from Patrick Stewart. Thumbs Up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Edition or old who cares? A great read, 4 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Transmetropolitan TP Vol 05 Lonely City New Ed (Transmetropolitan - Revised) (Paperback)
The text and the the art work fly off the page in way I have not experienced since the arrival of 2000 AD many moons ago. There is no pretension here just good old fashined story telling with a geniune agenda that reflects perfectly any sentient beings impression of the current state of politics in my humble dystopian opinion. The Right Reverend Double Gone could use the text for a sermon at 'THE ROCK SOLID GOSPEL LIGHT CHURCH OF THE HOY RELEASE' praise be to those who care, read and write.
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