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5.0 out of 5 stars Cynical, nasty, funny - and accurate. Spider does politics!,
This review is from: Transmetropolitan: Year of the Bastard ( Transmetropolitan - Book 3 ) (Paperback)I ought to point out that this is volume three of Transmetropolitan. Read the two previous books ('Back on the Streets' & 'Lust for Life') first, as they set the scene and introduce the characters. They're also very good stories in their own right.
'Year of the Bastard' is where the main theme of Transmetropolitan takes centre stage. Spider's never been happy to simply write about the City - he wants to change it. He sees the president ("The Beast") as a symbol of everything that's wrong with the system. And it's an election year, so he finally gets his chance to shake things up...
While it still has moments of pure humour, the vicious slapstick of some earlier tales fades into the background as Spider gets entangled with spin doctors and would-be presidential candidates. This is a plot-driven tale of twists and turns, where everyone has an agenda. To reveal anything further would be to spoil it.
Just don't expect to see a resolution where the plot threads are all neatly tied - this is the first section of a longer storyline, and while there's a (very) definite ending to it, it also carries a lot of plot over into the sequel, 'The New Scum'. I think it'll carry an awful lot of readers over, too...
If you like politics, or if you loathe politics, this is well worth a look. Warren Ellis has outdone himself on this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The fix is in,
This review is from: Transmetropolitan: Year of the Bastard v. 3 (Paperback)Up until now "Transmetropolitan" didn't really have a story and followed Spider Jerusalem from one bizarre story to the next but in "Year of the Bastard" a story arc that will continue for much of this series begins - the election of the President, the Beast vs the Smiler.
The Smiler is this great character who is the most superficial person alive and underneath the surface is one of the most terrifyingly blackest souls who ever lived. He's a brilliant target for the fearless Spider to latch onto and try to bring down.
Along the way Spider gets a new assistant, Yellena Rossini, and his old assistant Channon returns to be his bodyguard. The politics of the future is as filthy as it is today though there is a very brutal assassination that puts this future's politics over the present's in terms of cynicism and desperation.
Warren Ellis is on top form giving the hateful Spider plentiful dialogue to vomit on the other characters while Darick Robertson outdoes himself again building on the last two books' excellent portrayals of this dystopia and giving it more depth. His depiction of Spider's new apartment made me wish those places were real so I could live in one.
"Transmetropolitan" is a superb series and rightly Warren Ellis' best work. "Year of the Bastard" is the best of the series so far and is an excellent read that any comics fan would adore.
4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up!,
This review is from: Transmetropolitan TP Vol 03 Year Of The Bastard New Ed (Transmetropolitan - Revised) (Paperback)There is an election looming and Spider Jerusalem must put his social engineering skills to work on the outcome.
This is a single story with a coherent narrative, strong characterisation, and a protagonist you root for. What has gone wrong? This isn't the literary anarchy we have come to expect from Ellis. Sure there are off the wall sci-fi ideas and obscure literary references but our misanthrope leading man transforms into Robin Hood. Hmmmmm.
The art is top notch stuff and features some of the most expressive human illustration ever. Spider emotes through his whole body and you can feel his pain in his posture, his gate and even his sweat.
Transmet goes mainstream turning down the anarchy to come up with a story that wouldn't look out of place in an Ex Machina volume. Apart from the pills, expletives, head-butting, and powdered children.
There is also a short Christmas story and brief cover gallery. Thumbs Up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spider gets in the ring...,
This review is from: Transmetropolitan: Year of the Bastard ( Transmetropolitan - Book 3 ) (Paperback)'Gary Callahan is a genuinely educated, intelligent man. He has honorable people working for him and political fixers tell me he's going to be president. He's also a fake.'
Dangerous journalist Spider Jerusalem finally succumbs to covering the presidential election campaign, and immediately finds himself facing a dilemma - who do you endorse when both the candidates are utterly repulsive in different ways?
If all this seems rather familiar, there's a reason. Ellis's huge socio-political satire hits its stride with Spider entering the fray, complete with filthy assistants, bowel-disruptor gun and large amounts of narcotics.
By turns funny, striking and (certainly at the end) genuinely shocking. A must-read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spider gets political,
This review is from: Transmetropolitan : Year of the Bastard (Paperback)In this superd collection of Transmet our hero gets his teeth into politics. Much amusing goings-on involving assistants, the "whore-hopper" editor, a better appartment and more drugs in the background keep our Spider on top form to face his most hated subject - Presidential candidates. Aiming his type writer like a gun at the collective sphincters of the parties making them "loose", "watery", "fiery" and "prolapse". Finding a new setting of $*@* into unconciousness.... Anyway, I won't tell you more of the story suffice to say I loved it and eagerly await the next collection. If you have the rest of them get this one now or I shall arm the ebola bomb behind your toilet. Cheers LostPkt
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Transmetropolitan: Year of the Bastard ( Transmetropolitan - Book 3 ) by Warren Ellis (Paperback - Sep 1999)
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