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Transmetropolitan V. 0-10 (Transmetropolitan 0-10)

4.71 of 5 stars 4.71  ·  rating details  ·  1,264 ratings  ·  66 reviews
On a quest for well written comics, I was turned on to this series and never looked back. Imagine Hunter S. Thompson finding a time machine and traveling to future and you have Transmetropolitan.

Originally released as a 60-issue miniseries, since collected in a 10-volume series of trade paperbacks.
Comic, 1680 pages
Published 2007 by Vertigo
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J.G. Keely
Comics have been going through a very public struggle with maturity for some time now. They were well on their way until they were hit with the 'Comics Code' in the fifties. The code was an outgrowth of reactionary postwar witch-hunting a la McCarthyism, and succeeded in limiting the content of an entire medium for thirty years.

For example, all crime had to be portrayed as sordid, and no criminals could be sympathetic. There goes any comic book retellings of Robin Hood. Good always had to triump
my favourite cover from the series:

I've been reading this on and off for the past year. I've had my issues with Spider Jerusalem and his penchant for violence, f-bombs and self-indulgement, but when he lays his soul bare in his editorials, it's hard to disagree with his tough love for the Big City and its exotic population of drifters, drug addicts, pimps and dreamers. Plus, I often wish, while I'm watching the current political circus in my country and in the world in general, that I could get
Transmetropoliten od mene glatko dobija pet zvezdica a da mogu dao bih mu i svih deset. Jedan od najboljih stripova koje sam ikad čitao iz prostog razloga što je uspeo da me nasmeje, zabavi, podstakne na razmišljanje i drži u neizvesnosti šta će se sledeće dogoditi, dakle sve to kombinovano u jedinstven ugođaj prilikom čitanja.

Jedan od glavnih kvaliteta je pisanje Vorena Elisa koji ovde nedvosmisleno pokazuje kako se mržnja, strast i pjur faking venom mogu konstruktivno upotrebiti da bi se dobi
This series got me through one of the darker periods of my young-adulthood. I remember continually insisting to myself that it wasn't all that great while I read it, even as I compulsively scooped up the trades from Forbidden Planet with a speed and fervor that I've never matched since in all my years of reading comics. And I absolutely do not most closely identify with a character named Spider freaking Jerusalem, who wears mismatched sunglasses and is covered with cheesy tribal tattoos to show ...more
M.E. Kinkade
Transmetropolitan is a comic book, and anyone remotely interested in dystopias needs to immediately stop what she is doing, go buy all these books, and read them before continuing with life. Yes, it's that good.

This is a review for ALL 10 collected volumes. I'm going to write the review in the style of the comics, so if you're ridiculously sensitive to explicit language, you'd better stop reading now. (But it's really your loss.)

To say Spider Jerusalem is a muckraking journalist is to put it lig

Y'know what I love about this gratuitous, gore-soaked, antisocial, pulpy buzzbomb of a series? Its heart is in the right fucking place, is what. And it's lovely, professional-grade stuff, brought to a dignfied end just as it was starting to repeat itself, astonishingly free of plot-holes and absurdity given the genre, and mostly righteous in its chosen targets. Just about the best violent antihero story in comics, and I think that's because it never shies away from the consequences of what it p
Nenad Vukusic
If you were ever pissed of by your local politician, useless and socially insensitive government, unjust justice system and all of the other terrible post-neo-liberal-capitalism paradoxes that are going to be the end of human race, if you ever wanted to climb on top of a soap box and just hurl obscenities, judgement and truth as loud as you can into the face of inert crowds hoping something would change, pick up this book. You will love it from the first page to the last, as it is an exercise in ...more
Nathaniel Mathews
Transmetropolitan is, in short, singularly fantastic. It has completely and (almost) single-handedly changed the way I think about graphic novels. Warren Ellis ought be placed on the same pedestal as Alan Moore. In fact, build him a new pedestal.
I cannot spoil the end for you, but I will say that it is a fitting end for the series. I really cannot recommend this highly enough -- both for those of you who are Graphic Novel Regulars, and those who have never before picked one up because they're, "
Timothy Ferguson
Transmetropolitan is a graphic novel series about a gonzo journalist in a future society not so much dystopian as utterly disinterested in social advancement. It reminds me most of the society in search of continual distraction seen in Brave New World, except there’s no attempt at conformity. Instead there’s so much as raging personal satisfaction that individuals become impotent. The lead character, Spider, is one of the few investigative journalists left: the media is dominated by people who m ...more
Just finished a re-read through one of the series that first got me hooked on the form of comics/graphic novels. Oh man. I cannot believe how well it holds up, as it succeeds on so many different levels that it's hard to name them all. Just an incredible narrative, amazing characters, so fully realized. The message isn't even slightly veiled, as a reader, you are punched in the face with the importance of truth and integrity to your own personal moral compass. But that's OK! Because when you go ...more
I have been on twitter for quite some time. I get to hear and see a lot of weird to interesting buggers. Generally everybody ends up cussing either decently or openly. That is the level of frustration with the political and babu class.

But again there is a difference. There are some people who cuss in such a manner that you feel like laughing with them, there are some, who when they cuss it really pisses you off. You feel like kicking them in their face.

Why am i talking about cussing and what ha
Kevin Grubb
Beautiful, well constructed, and as subtle as a sledgehammer. The art and vision of the future is something to behold, but the story itself feels to shallow in spite of the setting. Image a world so full of life and bizarre possibility, only to be told a story that feels almost entirely black-and-white. Despite Ellis' best efforts to create a deep character, Jerusalem and his allies of "filthy assistants" always seem like they're doing the right thing. Their allegiances, unambiguous. Normally, t ...more
Héctor Toledo
Es una fantástica historia acerca del poder de los mass media y del periodismo para transformar la realidad. Muy ciberpunk, el dibujo es bueno y aunque tarda en coger fuerza (hasta el número 10 o así no empieza a enganchar), la historia es potente y está muy bien llevada, no se pierde en las típicas subtramas para rellenar números. El discurso político y sociológico es inteligente y tiene un cierto grado de profundidad y análisis. Sólo echo en falta algo común a todos los autores americanos: se ...more
Brian Delaney
Spider Jerusalen is the badass Hunter S. Thompson of the future, and he totally derails another American presidential election on superdrugs. It's got everything!
Carlos Brás
"My name's Spider Jerusalem. I am the most beloved man in this City. I am a journalist. I write a column for a newspaper called THE WORD entitled I HATE IT HERE. Because I do. I hate it and I hate you. And you love me for it. That's the way it works. And if you argue with the way it works, I'll kick off the top of your head and shit on your living brain. And you will love me for it." - SJ

Transmet is a classic. Is one of the best comics that came out of Warren Ellis head. It's set in a really cra
David Mcangus
My feelings on this comic have jumped all over the place. On one hand, I enjoyed and respected what it was trying to do and I would guess Warren Ellis enjoyed writing it, at least in the beginning. This is largely because the comic touches on many of the grievances us, counter culture (or plain wierdo) types may have when after spending any amount of time in society. In this regard it's gratifying to sit in the choir and nod along to everything that's being said. This was particularly powerful f ...more
Adam Smith
This is my review for the entire volume of work that is Transmetropolitan. I really wanted to give this five stars, but there were some definite flaws that prevented me from doing so. Let me start out with what I liked. I loved the social commentary; it was spot on and has gotten even more "real" as the years have gone on. This was written in the 90s, yet is still very spot on with American society and its needs for constant external stimuli. The story itself is amazing and for as much of a bast ...more
This series seems to parallel another character and future dystopian time, Tank Girl in attitude, but also brought to mind Steppenwolf, the lone wolf mentality (which I'm reading at the same time) that Jerusalem inhabits so well.

In any case, this future Earth is interesting with it's strange new fad fashions including human half alien people who need their own diets due to their strange operation. The new America is getting more garbage-ridden (human and
Antonis Lamnatos
Mind-bogglingly brilliant in the most caustic and addictive way. Explosively funny in a lusciously vulgar but deeply real and prescient (religiously prophetic even) manner. Spider Jerusalem is the uber-journalist that we really need, his "fantastic" stories sound disturbingly real and his tactics even seem strangely realistic and apt to our world.

This is cyberpunk at its absolutely best: dangerous, funny, real and immediate. Do yourself a favor and read the series.
Alex Southgate
This is probably one of my favourite graphic series out there. It's a clever, brash, satire on American politics and probably the world in general and well worth reading.

Spider Jerusalem is a really lovable anti-hero, who apart from being foul mouthed, arrogant and possibly even mildly psychotic has a very genuine caring side to his nature. The lengths to which he will go to prove a point are often at the very least extreme and many of the situations he finds himself in are out right hilarious.

This is a filthy book that is disgusted by itself. It depicts a society that has gone off the rails to an almost comical degree, yet which is disturbingly familiar in many ways, and the protagonist, Spider Jerusalem, is a journalist who is hellbent on revealing to it's inhabitants just how far gone they are.

I know that Warren Ellis has no time for the Bible or Christianity, but in many ways, Jerusalem's rantings are reminiscent of the Old Testament prophets. His disgust for the lies that the peo
Después de que la empezará hace ya un año y le diera carpetazo porque prefería leerla en Papel, al final no he podido esperar, en unos pocos días me he zampado la serie. Increíble. Una de las series que más me ha flipado en mi vida. Me encanta. Spider Jerusalem es un maldito dios.
Excellent and engaging art, twisted and funny, Transmetropolitan has an engaging main character, the journalist Spider Jerusalem, who is endearing in spite of himself. While Transmetropolitan is violent and the world Ellis creates is dark and twisted by technology, consumption and instant gratification, Jerusalem maintains a misanthropic conscience that I think makes this comic perfect. Jerusalem is a man for his time, both shaped by it and horrified by it, resisting and capitulating in a balanc ...more
Sarah O'toole
I love this series. The art is amazingly detailed and the story moves at a good pace. The hunter Thompson thing? Well I've read his work and auto bios but Spider Jerusalem is much more likeable. Fun read, but rather horrifying vision of the future
Scott Parker
Transmetropolitan explores a future where self-centered consumerism has become the norm, and where everything and nothing are simultaneously sacred. Our tour of this world is through Spider Jerusalem, clearly an imagining of Hunter S. Thompson if his liver was surgically enhanced to withstand far more punishment than Thompson was ever able to dish out.

Like all good sci-fi, this series is very much about our modern world and the frustrations Warren Ellis has with it. At times, all notion of plot
Natalie Pale
Gratuitously violent. Often vulgar. Brilliantly written and illustrated. I love pretty much everything about this series, besides the very end.

I may even read some Hunter S. Thompson. Ten thousand thumbs up.
Having read this far, I can safely say two things: 1) our anti-hero is the angry, drug addicted, explosive kind of personality that I would avoid at all costs in reality, and 2) the artwork and writing combines to a glorious tale-twisting explosion, making it both unpredictable, even to those used to story twists. Only thing is that it's the same kind of anti-establishment enthusiasm that sounds good, but often doesn't pan out well (Occupy protests, anyone?) so it's become hard for me to muster ...more
Kb' Salleh

Goddamn awesome storyline!!
Different but definitely worth reading

Definitely adding to my "read" collections,...
Highly recommend to VERTIGO lovers!!
Dean Wilcox
Fantastic series. Cyberpunk, dystopic, bleak, narcissistic, but with the right amount of self-righteous indignation and truth. Great read.
Adrik Kemp
Spectacular. Made me aspire to be more like Spider. What an anti-hero. The world is complex and fascinating as well.
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Has written comics & graphic novels, books, journalism, animation, tv, film, videogames and anything else that looks like it might pay a bill or buy whisky.

Second novel, GUN MACHINE, due from Mulholland Books in autumn of 2012.

First non-fiction book due from FSG in 2014.

Currently a weekly columnist for VICE UK.


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Transmetropolitan (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1: Back on the Street (Transmetropolitan, #1)
  • Transmetropolitan, Vol. 2: Lust for Life
  • Transmetropolitan, Vol. 3: Year of the Bastard (Transmetropolitan, #3)
  • Transmetropolitan, Vol. 4: The New Scum (Transmetropolitan, #4)
  • Transmetropolitan, Vol. 5: Lonely City (Transmetropolitan, #5)
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  • Transmetropolitan, Vol. 9: The Cure (Transmetropolitan, #9)
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