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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.