- Publisher: DC Comics
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 172mm x 258mm x 10mm | 160g
- Publication date: 17 March 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1401220843
- ISBN 13: 9781401220846
- Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
- Illustrations note: colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 5,378
Written by Warren Ellis Art by Darick Robertson, Jerome K. Moore, Keith Aiken, Ray Kryssing, Dick Giordano, Kim DeMulder and Rodney Ramos Cover by Darick Robertson DC's new editions of TRANSMETROPOLITAN begin here, with this volume collecting issues #1-6 of the acclaimed Vertigo series from writer Warren Ellis and artist Darick Robertson! After years of selfimposed exile from a civilization rife with degradation and indecency, cynical journalist Spider Jerusalem is forced to return to a job he hates and a city he loathes. Working as an investigative reporter for the newspaper The Word, Spider attacks the injustices of his surreal 23rd century surroundings. In this first volume, Spider ventures into the dangerous Angels 8 district, home of the Transients - humans who have decided to become aliens through cosmetic surgery. But Spider's interview with the Transients' leader gets him a scoop he didn't bargain for. And don't miss Spider's first confrontation with the President of the United States ...in a men's room. Advance-solicited; on sale March 11 - 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US - MATURE READERS
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By 365 Graphic Novels 18 May 2013
A Gonzo Journalist in a cyberpunk setting is forced out of retirement and finds he can still make a difference.
This is a very dense read. You can't just sit back and be entertained here. There is a lot of prose, a lot of subtext and lashings of futuristic Orwellian technobabble. Imagine Hunter S Thompson meets Mega City One and you will have some idea of the strangeness that is weeping from Ellis' pustulent mind. Anyone who can get Garth Ennis to write their introduction is definitely going to be off the wall.
The art is equally garish and anarchistic. Darick Robertson does a fantastic job of rendering a decadent technopolis completely out of control. There are lots of creative angles and great expressions at work too. The colouring is totally over the top yet there is an expert depiction of light and shade that gives it a sophisticated look.
This is only three issues long yet feels so much longer because of the almost Clockwork Orange dialogue. Anything longer might have proved too tangled for many readers to persevere with so you get a good idea what to expect for the next nine volumes. Thumbs Up!
By Melissa 05 Jun 2012
I'm fairly new to the comic book scene and was recommended this series by a friend. I was instantly hooked! Set in a dystopian future where violence and sex is the norm, Spider Jerusalem comes down from his abode in the mountains to the gritty reality of the city and gets back into journalism to uncover the truth of this disgusting place. This is witty, funny and action-packed, a must-read for all comic lovers!