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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 2: Lust for Life (Transmetropolitan #2)

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  10,784 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Outlaw journalist Spider Jerusalem has become a household name in the future City he calls home. This latest collection of twisted tales showcases Spider's horrific yet funny screeds on subjects as diverse as religion, politics, and his ex-wife's cryogenically frozen head (which has been stolen). "Transmetropolitan" has been called "brilliant future-shock commentary" (Spin ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Vertigo (first published January 1st 1999)
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This might surprise some people, but dark and angry as his work often is, I think of Ellis as a very hopeful writer. So often his work seems to say, "Look at this. Look how awful this is. Look how shitty people can be. We can do better than this. We're all better than this."
Like the first collection, the second volume of Transmetropolitan is imaginative and acerbic, often funny, often bitter, sometimes brilliant. There's an amazing story tucked in the middle about a woman who's been awakened from cry-freeze into a world that could care less about her that's astonishingly moving, fully imagined, and simply one of the best things I can ever recall reading by Ellis. This volume would be worth reading for that one story alone, and it's absolutely the high point.

The re
Sam Quixote
This second volume is where we really see the series find its feet and we launch fully into the weird and wonderful world of Spider Jerusalem's with a tale about humans wanting to turn into sentient gas clouds, the harrowing story of the cryogenically unfrozen, synthetic reservations where you could choose to live in a past civilisation, and finally a three part story of Spider's ex-wife's revenge.

All of the stories have the verbal acrobatics and freewheeling genius level writing of Warren Ellis
Even better than volume 1.
Unlike with other comics, I've decided not to read this one at all unless I've got a real copy of it in my hands.

I loved it from the very start and I'm still fascinated by it, despite its often too disgusting depictions of horrible things. Basically, it explores various ideas of our future. Obviously we'd have progressed in technology and medicine, allowing us to live longer and to alter our physique to our likings. We got a good saying in Bosnia going: "once you have the finger, you want the w
Robert Beveridge
Warren Ellis, Transmetropolitan: Lust for Life (DC, 1998)

The great thing about Transmetropolitan is that Warren Ellis seems to remember something that no satirist since Mark Twain has gotten right; while the heart of any satire is soaked in acid, the surface is supposed to be funny. It's not satire if it doesn't make us laugh at it (the humorless bastards who can't find anything funny in “A Modest Proposal” notwithstanding). And while Transmetropolitan mirrors most modern satire in that the hear
So in this volume Spider Jerusalem manages to not come across as such a jerk probably because he tries to help his assistant come to terms with losing a boyfriend and more importantly because several people are trying to kill him. Oh he also crashes and burns with some women, too. Some of the ideas within are intriguing even if not fully detailed yet: fogletting (your life essence is put into a nanobot cloud), cryogenic preservation (with a focus on 20th century types awakened and in for a major ...more
Sam Quixote
This second volume is where we really see the series find its feet and we launch fully into the weird and wonderful world of Spider Jerusalem's with a tale about humans wanting to turn into sentient gas clouds, the harrowing story of the cryogenically unfrozen, synthetic reservations where you could choose to live in a past civilisation, and finally a three part story of Spider's ex-wife's revenge.

All of the stories have the verbal acrobatics and freewheeling genius level writing of Warren Ellis
No one explores a f*cked up future like Warren Ellis. I love his unique brand of dark humour, colourful observation and his terrifying visions of the future.

Humanity has sunk to depths of squalor and depravity beyond today's wildest nightmares, large ethically dubious corporations run the world, and post-nuclear-apocalypse man is a variegated race of mutants (to one extent of another) who are slaves to their baser instincts in a world where anything goes and anything can be bought, if you have
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
I liked the first half of Vol 2 more than the second. It was very imaginative stories, such as a man being turned into a tiny cloud of nanobots, a woman coming back from cryogenic freezing to find out she's unwanted and alone (this is my favourite piece of the book, and one of the most powerful ones Ellis has written in my opinion), Spider Jerusalem visiting 'reservations' where people live as though they were in other native cultures, as a way to preserve them for eternity.
It sure is a lot to t
Off-the-wall, inane, and at times completely immature, but always fun. Within the hyper-gonzo ramblings of anti-just-about-everything-but-the-truth journalist, Spider Jerusalem, lie powerful social critiques that leave very few unscathed. When it comes to Transmetropolitan, Warren Ellis' modus operandi can be described quite well by a single line from "Wild in the Country." While visiting the Farsight Community, an otherworldly reservation for "a culture yet to happen," Jerusalem finds that the ...more
Chris Maurer
why wasn't i reading this 15 years ago!
Transmetropolitan's second graphic novel outing is even better than the first. In particular, we get much more detail in the character of Spider Jerusalem, and there's a consistent underlying theme. As a journalist, Spider is a hero. And in order to do this he has to be both incredibly compassionate, and such a megalomaniac that he causes irreparable harm to those around him. This is a really interesting take on the nature of journalism and I found it to be much more compelling than the similarl ...more
Corey C.
In the first volume of the series, we met Spider Jerusalem, a bitter cynic who ultimately decided to use his keyboard as a sword in defense of an oppressed minority in a truly inspiring, uplifting moment.

This volume seems to be dedicated to establishing that, in spite of that brief moment of conscience, Spider is not a hero, but actually a detestable, sociopathic villain, who, due to sheer authorial mandate, is immune to any well-deserved comeuppance from any of his victims. We meet several char
J.M. Hushour
It's one thing to read a comic where a good ten or twelve panels feature the main character slipping further and further down the front of his couch as he watches mind-numbing future dystopia television. It's another thing to have the main character return into the frames from above, walking on the ceiling, wearing his just mail-ordered Air Jesus tennis shoes. Thus: Transmet.
It's hard to know where to begin with this comic. It's sheer, sublime nature, its rudeness, its thumb-in-the-eye sense of
This volume continues to flesh out the world of Transmetropolitan and the main characters. The story involving Spider's wife is by far the best and my personal high point of the first two volumes. The art and the writing are fantastic, as before and there are several surprising scenes, showing how much potential there is in a SF story like this. Very good.
I wasn't crazy about the final three piece plot, but the rest of them were golden. The artwork is wonderfully detailed, the background ads and intricacies are hilarious, and the character of Spider Jerusalem is one of my favorites now. Hell, even the cat cracks me up.

I can't wait to get my boyfriend to read this series.
Regan Wann
Does anyone know what the term "transmetropolitan" actually refers to? Is it a specific cross-section of a UK city, or...? I know about the Pogues song, which was well before this comic series, and the song appeared to be referencing something...but I haven't been able to figure out what yet.

Anyway, all the song/band references have been fun. I'm sure I'm not catching them all, but I've picked up a few that seemed relatively subtle. Go me. It's the little things, I suppose.

OK, so this second boo
Forrest Taylor
Man, and I thought the first volume was good! V2 eclipses v1 by moving beyond what sometimes felt like an arrogantly pointless rage against every machine, and build upon the real protagonist of the story-- not Spider, but the City itself. Ellis does the job of any great sci-fi writer: he manufactures a sense of place out of thin air, much like the foglets of his creation. So many great moments and ideas in this book will resonate. The downloadings. The cryogenically stored heads. The culture san ...more
Volume two kicks off with Spider's partner, Channon, moping over her boyfriend's decision to download his consciousness into a sentient gaseous cloud. And it just gets weirder from there. Spider has some catching up to do after his self-imposed exile. He takes an extended tour of reservations, where ancient cultures are preserved (for better or worse). Volume two ends with Spider on the run from a variety of parties who want to see him come to harm (including a talking police dog with a serious ...more
Portia S
I love Spider Jerusalem.

I'll say it again. I love Spider Jerusalem.

He is the sort of writer/ journalist I would want to be like, someone who doesn't care about political repercussions and just goes out there and reports all the disgusting nitty gritty occurrences that fester within the City.

He has one thing on his mind though, getting the story done, and when that's done, he just wants to be away from people. He hates people, and tells them constantly that if they want to make him happy, they
Second volume, a little bit louder and a little bit worse. I wanted to try the second volume, hoping that things would pick up in terms of an over-arcing narrative. I was briefly titillated by the appearance of his ex-wif, but utltimately, I have to reaffirm the review I gave the first volume -

Well-done, high artistry concerning the subject matter, but not where I'm at.

Most of the over-arcing narrative I kept searching for seemed to come up as 'Spider's an astute journalist and while he gains n
A continued strong outing with Jerusalem and Chanon.

This collection opens with 3 one-shot stories exploring the SF dimensions of the world - migration to machine bodies, culture schock of revived people and reservations for people not happy with the modern world. Although the concepts are not new, the take on them through the eyes of Gonzo journalist Spider puts a fresh spin on them. For someone who supposedly hates everyone he really does care.

The second half is a 3-part story exploring and cle
Renata CR 	❀Bluetulip❀
4,5 estrelas

Gostei muito, como no 1º Vol.
Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 definitely lived up to the promise of Vol. 1. Recently, I have read a few TPB's that start off brilliantly and then fade very quickly with the second volume. Luckily this was not the case here. Vol. 2 actually offers something new and refreshing to the reader, without trying to one-up Vol. 1. The artwork is interesting in every frame, the writing is equal parts hilarious and topical, and the story-telling is imaginative and provocative. Highly recommended for age-appropr ...more
I dunno about this series right now. Mainly, I just don't like to be hit with a graphic visual of feces in the morning. Blood and gore I'm kinda used to, but feces... Just jeez. That alone made me think I might've just had enough of this series. I might read one more book of it, but if I see one more graphic depiction of...

I also don't like the bulldog. Either end of the bulldog. Gross. Not the most pleasant thing for the 7am bus ride. Call me a sissy, I have a kinda weak stomach.

This series is
Leonardo Villarroel
Jun 11, 2011 Leonardo Villarroel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone with a broad mind, Fucking Journalists!!
All of the series' excesses and all its hyperboles are justified as they become the protective shell in which sweet, humane notes can be played. That is the case to be made of Transmetropolitan 4-12 (old edition) or 7-12 (revised edition). It matter as not as the core of this book, whatever edition you are reading is number 8, comprised only of the one entire Spider Jerusalem column printed so far. After testing the ground, playing some high and low notes, Warren Ellis feels free to write a trul ...more
Well, as I've said in my review of Transmetropolitan vol. 1: Back on the Street, here we have the adventures of a guy Hunter S. Thompson and Doonesbury's Uncle Duke would find kinda scary. In this instalment, in pursuit of fresh material for his column 'I hate it here' he initiates his post-stripper assistant into the world of post-bodily humans the fun way: by taking her to watch the guy she's in love with rid himself of his body forever. And then have sex with another unbodied person. Tactful? ...more
Desmond Rivet
I wasn't overly impressed with volume 1 of Transmetropolitan. I was taken in by the premise - the adventures of Spider Jerusalem, gonzo journalist extrordinaire, as he writes about the City, a place of wonder and horrors. I'm a sucker for futuristic urban settings, but the story left me a little...flat. I didn't dislike it, exactly. I just felt kinda...meh.

But so far the second one's a lot better (I'm about half way through). In particular, the story of Mary, a native of our time (more or less),
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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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“...You people don't know what the truth is! It's there, just under their bullshit, but you never look! That's what I hate most about this fucking city-- LIES ARE NEWS AND TRUTH IS OBSOLETE!” 20 likes
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