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

4.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,866 Ratings  ·  242 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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Dec 26, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing

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."
Nov 16, 2014 Sesana rated it really liked it
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
Feb 10, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 25, 2012 Irena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Benoit Lelievre
Jan 12, 2016 Benoit Lelievre rated it really liked it
I was afraid to be let down by volume two, but I was agreeably surprised to find a completely different angle on Spider Jerusalem and his own brand of social criticism. LUST FOR LIFE is more character oriented, but it's also going deeper into how the City is affecting him and driving him to great streaks of chaos and violence. LUST FOR LIFE is about humans going insane trying to find their rightful place in a world that they've driven off the rails and the embodiment of intellectual integrity th ...more
Robert Beveridge
Mar 29, 2009 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
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
Aug 05, 2015 Caitlin rated it really liked it
In this second volume, we get a bit of Spider's history, go through a wild roller coaster of a ride with his new assistant and see more of his incredible talent for pissing people off.

I believe it's the longest volume in the series and it's easy to see why. This volume does a great job giving you an idea of the kind of person that Spider is and it isn't always pretty. There's a dark side to a man who won't let a story go once he's gotten ahold of it and Ellis isn't afraid to show you every shad
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
Sep 21, 2013 Gavin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Apr 20, 2015 Ivan rated it it was amazing
Even better than volume 1.
Other Useful Reviews: Sesana's review, Gavin's review

Book Info: This collection contains Transmetropolitan issues #7-12.

{3.5/5 stars}

A little while ago, stuck in traffic and on the way home from school, I was talking to my younger brother about the previous volume of Transmetropolitan. After I described to him the basic plot, central character of the story, and a little about the whole Transient concept, he replied by saying "Wow. That sounds really interesting." And I was like: Holy shit! He'
Sam Quixote
Feb 10, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sep 02, 2012 Justin rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 01, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2015 Story rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the volume of Transmet that punched me both in the heart and stomach, that pulled me into the series and entrenched it as one of my all-time favorites. Bleak, heartbreaking, hopeful. This is where we get to see the love of humanity Spider tucks away and doesn't show to the masses. This is where we see what drives him.
Mar 07, 2012 Hilary rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 20, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite Transmetropolitan paperback along with Gouge Away, Lonely City and the New Scum. It's just a wonderful read, and has some of the best stories before the presidential election kicks in and Callahan comes into scene. Ellis shows us in detail some of the more twisted aspects of the City.
Jul 04, 2016 S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to S. by: Arjun
Ellis calls this volume ‘Lust for Life’, but it ought to be titled ‘Lust for a Different Life’... because that’s precisely what his characters do in this book. They hanker for the past or they yearn for the future. Even in a world of infinite possibilities and near-interminable life spans, no one is content. Can anyone ever be? Ellis doesn’t think so. His world is vast, varied and vibrant, yet everyone feels trapped in a reality that they wish would just end already.

There’s the man who gets “dow
J.M. Hushour
Sep 19, 2014 J.M. Hushour rated it it was amazing
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
Corey C.
Aug 19, 2014 Corey C. rated it did not like it
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
Dec 10, 2014 Regan rated it really liked it
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
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
Forrest Taylor
Apr 14, 2014 Forrest Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Portia S
Apr 14, 2014 Portia S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Mar 24, 2014 Justin rated it liked it
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
Aug 19, 2015 Dann rated it liked it
Shelves: cyberpunk, comics
Warren Ellis' graphic novel series is unmistakeably well written. The 90's art style perfectly suits the story, and even suits the cyberpunk genre. It is a gritty, ultra-violent series, with a nice, different take on hacker altruism, inspired by the sci-fi novels of the 80's.

Having said that, it is a very difficult series to read. Pure nuggets of creativity are often dimmed by schizophrenic breaks--often by the protagonist--which, I understand, makes this series unique, and to some endearing, b
Raunak Ramakrishnan
Jul 13, 2015 Raunak Ramakrishnan rated it it was amazing
One hell of a trip down the future through the eyes of a journalist who has been away for 5 years. Featuring a society which has solved problems of longevity and discovered ways of harnessing energy and transforming it as per their imaginations, now face the mundaneness unlocked by having little to do, resulting in a cancer of new religions, people "downloading" their consciousness into other bodies, "ghosts" who awaken from cryo-sleep into a ... different world, and numerous other cultural and ...more
Feb 12, 2014 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is in development at Jerry ...more
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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!” 21 likes
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