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on 12 August 2017
one of the best series of all time
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on 27 February 2012
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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on 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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on 13 August 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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on 12 July 2015
After the first three this one seems a bit brief.Its padded out with full page illustrations,which although good, have little to do with the plot and the ideas seem to be waning.Its also a bit dated in the technology department.
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on 11 February 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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on 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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on 12 March 2012
Never trust something that bleeds for four day's and doesn't die.
Classic.
Enjoyed this series so far. Read this straight through in one sitting.
Excellent artwork. Nod to King Mob on the wall as well.
Moving on to Book 5 and ordering Book 6.
Quality.
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on 15 October 2013
Transmetroplitan, Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson's excellent post-cyberpunk comic series, chronicles the exploits of infamous renegade gonzo journalist Spider Jerusalem. After five years of effective retirement spent living as a long-haired hermit in a compound in the mountains, Spider Jerusalem managed to squander the substantial advance that he had been given by his publisher. Needless to say, he hadn't gone so far as to actually write any of the books that he was contractually obliged to produce. Forced to return to The City (a ravaged, roughly 23rd century version of New York) to write, Jerusalem takes a job at an urban newspaper to support himself and soon becomes embroiled in political corruption of the highest level.

In The New Scum, the fourth volume in the collected saga of Transmetroplitan, a revitalised Spider Jerusalem is ready to cover the presidential election in all of its murky glory. The New Scum are the people of The City, the public whose adulation Jerusalem both despises and craves, the people that he feels duty bound to keep informed. When he learns of the murder of political consultant Vita Severn, one of the few people in the world that he actually likes, Jerusalem decides to mount a full scale attack on both of the presidential candidates. As his assistants run wild with his credit cards, Jerusalem is determined to uncover the truth behind the murder and discover the level of involvement of both of the candidates. From the relative safety of his new luxury apartment, he conducts two irreverent interviews with the incumbent President and his rival, the Smiler. Determined to deliver the truth to the New Scum, in the end even the jaded mind of Spider Jerusalem is shocked and confused by what he finds.

In typical Transmetropolitan style, The New Scum is packed with political comment as Jerusalem discovers fault after fault that effect both of the presidential candidates. The politicians created by Warren Ellis are maniacal rogues and Jerusalem becomes increasingly frustrated as he uncovers evidence of just how much power each of the candidates wields. With a palpable sense of dread, Jerusalem wonders how much control a slick operator like the Smiler will be able to exercise if a no hoper like the incumbent President is practically untouchable. Although Spider Jerusalem's trademark humour is present, the politicians that he encounters are truly scary creatures and lend a believable sense of menace to the story. In a disturbing tribute to the art of spin doctoring, each of the candidates that Jerusalem interviews are incredibly frank with him about their motives, believing that the more truthful they are the less that Jerusalem will be able to publish without looking crazy. Managing to be in turn both hilarious and hugely depressing, The New Scum is a tremendous instalment in the Transmetropolitan saga. Warren Ellis is one of the best writers working in the comics medium and his dystopian tales of The City is a landmark series every bit as good as Sandman, Swamp Thing or Hellblazer.

The art by Darick Robertson, Rodney Ramos and Keith Aiken in The New Scum is just as good as that featured in all of Transmetropolitan that has gone before. They do a great job of portraying the emotions of the characters, particularly the disgust felt by Jerusalem himself, as well as capturing the backgrounds and average people of The City.
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on 11 September 2000
Set in a quasi-nightmarish future America, "The New Scum" chronicles Spider Jerusalem's actions between the selection of the candidates for the presidential election, and the election itself. It's perhaps a little less satisfactory than the previous 3 books ("Back on the Street", "Lust for Life" and "Year of the Bastard"), as more plot threads carry over from the earlier volumes and into future ones, resulting in a less self-contained book. It's still a strong read, though, managing to be funny, satirical, thoughtful, touching and venomous by turns. It's the best Science Fiction comic I've seen.
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