- Publisher: DC Comics
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 168mm x 257mm x 10mm | 204g
- Publication date: 26 May 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1401222617
- ISBN 13: 9781401222611
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Illustrations note: colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 8,923
Written by Warren Ellis Art by Darick Robertson and Rodney Ramos Cover by Darick Robertson In this second volume of TRANSMETROPOLITAN, which now has been reconfigured to collect issues #7-12, renegade journalist Spider Jerusalem targets three of society's most worshipped and warped pillars: politics, religion, and television. When Spider tries to shed light on the atrocities of these institutions, he finds himself fleeing a group of hit men/kidnappers in possession of his ex-wife's frozen head, a distorted creature alleging to be his son, and a vicious talking police dog. Advance-solicited; on sale May 20 - FC, 144 pg, $14.99 US Mature Readers
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By 365 Graphic Novels 18 May 2013
This could be Ellis' easiest gig. He simply indulges in his tipple of choice and rants incoherently about anything, and then it gets turned into a comic. Genius! Or it could be Gonzo life writing like Hunter S. Thompson or a stream-of-consciousness epic like James Joyce's Ulysses. Add to that a grimy future composed of all the ideas too weird to fit any mainstream title and voila. You the reader must decide if the Emperor of comics is clothed or au naturel.
There are several single issue stories that do look like soapbox of the week but are nevertheless entertainingly told. Then follows a three-part story with plenty of action and drama. There are some great ideas, world building and character development. You are also beginning to warm to our favourite anti-hero.
The art is great and despite being clear as a bell has lots of anarchic energy. There is clever composition, eye catching angles and several hidden jokes to be found in the background. Action is handled very well and you get a great sense of depth and motion. No matter how bizarre the future becomes it is all depicted in a realistic way.
You can easily see why this gained a cult following and look forward to more adventures with a homicidally cantankerous protagonist. Thumbs Up!
"Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson take a Hunter S. Thompson analogue and put him through a 23rd century wringer. It's angry political sci-fi and it's funny as hell."