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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 3: Year of the Bastard (Transmetropolitan #3)

4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  12,334 Ratings  ·  182 Reviews
Investigative reporter Spider Jerusalem attacks the injustices of the 23rd Century surroundings while working for the newspaper The Word in this critically-acclaimed graphic novel series written by comics superstar Warren Ellis, the co-creator of PLANETARY and THE AUTHORITY.

In this third volume, Spider Jerusalem begins to crumble under the pressure of sudden and unwanted f
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Vertigo
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Mar 29, 2016 HFK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphics, paidkindle
Year of the Bastard is the first volume in the Transmetropolitan series that is not build up from short stories but brings politics to life with a full length massacre. Our world needs one Spider Jerusalem, a fascinating journalist with a mission for the truth, addiction to the drugs, and a owner of a enough twisted heart to tell us why this world sucks without any filters or constraints.

Warren Ellis has created a masterpiece that does stand the test of time by still remaining one of my favorite
Dec 12, 2014 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The first two volumes of Transmetropolitan were practically anthologies, singular stories meant to showcase Spider and his deeply imaginative world. This is something else entirely, a complete, connected story, one that hasn't quite finished even as the volume closes.

It's all about politics, the perfect subject if you want to get good and enraged. And since that's where Spider lives, it makes perfect sense to do a story revolving around politics. And it's every bit as cutting and bitter and ang
Sep 21, 2014 Gavin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I've waited an entire YEAR for this! Finished Vol. 2 Sept 20 2013, waited for the library to send Vol. 3, and lo and behold...they were not doing so...then they didn't have a copy left, so I asked them to replace/order a new one...then they did...and it still took 3-4 months to come in and then to make it's way into my hot little has been an ordeal.

I was so excited to read this!


I'm happy to report, it was worth the wait.

Spider is forced to cover the upcoming election; something he is
If I were to ever have doubts as to the worthiness of comics as a medium for social critique or dissenting opinions, they would all be washed away by this volume of Warren Ellis' masterwork, Transmetropolitan. Within these slim and splendidly decorated pages lie some of the most biting and harsh political and social truths ever uttered, words so wonderfully free of restraint and so incendiary that, were they not shielded by the disregard most high minds have for comics, Ellis would likely be rem ...more
Benoit Lelièvre
This was thoroughly enjoyable: a superhero story for grown ups who came to terms with the fact that super powers don't exist. In this storyline, Spider Jerusalem is covering the presidential campaign and making new enemies along the way. This is the cohesive, caustic and thoroughly focused narrative I thought TRANSMETROPOLITAN has the power to be, exposing the inner workings of a political campaign and the capital importance of public opinion for politicians. This is a futuristic series about th ...more
Sam Quixote
Feb 26, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Up until now "Transmetropolitan" didn't really have a story and followed Spider Jerusalem from one bizarre story to the next but in "Year of the Bastard" a story arc that will continue for much of this series begins - the election of the President, the Beast vs the Smiler.

The Smiler is this great character who is the most superficial person alive and underneath the surface is one of the most terrifyingly blackest souls who ever lived. He's a brilliant target for the fearless Spider to latch onto
Mar 30, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing
During election years, this should be required reading for every American over the age of 16. That is all.
Jun 24, 2010 Kevin rated it it was amazing
I blame Warren Ellis for every fucked up thought in my head and the entirety of my Twitter stream. Reading Transmet is like getting repeatedly kicked in the nuts. Your brains nuts. This make brain mad. Make brain write things not normally write. Or at least with vastly increased frequency.

In fact, that's my pitch for Trasnmotropolitan (and Warren Ellis in general): Think weirder shit, faster!
Nov 30, 2015 Bryce rated it really liked it
Although the third volume of Transmetropolitan came out nearly twenty years ago and is an outlandish piece of science fiction, it’s story of the corruption and madness of a presidential election cycle feels a little too accurate. Right down to a lying, racist leading opposition candidate.
Si tuviera 10 estrellitas, se las daría. Sobre todo porque mi querido Spider se mete de lleno en la campaña. Y de esa forma, con mi profesión. Ay, dios, qué placer que es esto.
Sep 28, 2016 Lionel rated it it was amazing
4,4 average rating... it is worth it.
Apr 15, 2016 Jedhua rated it liked it
Book Info: This collection contains Transmetropolitan issue #13-18.

The fact that this series is still teetering so closely to that 3-star mark is not such a great sign, at this point. Fortunately, Ellis seems to finally have settled on a clear direction for the series – evidenced by the fact that he stuck to a singular cohesive arc for the entire volume. And for that reason alone, this had every reason to be better than volume one. But as strange as it seems, it wasn't.

Spider's personality isn
Oct 21, 2016 S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Political Animals
This volume is a deftly handled departure from the formula (or lack thereof) of the first two books. Whereas the two previous instalments contain loosely connected snapshots of this dystopian world, this book tells a single coherent story that’s likely to become the focal point of the series. Well, about as coherent as you can expect from our protagonist, Spider Jerusalem.

In one of the chapters of the first book, Warren Ellis took on the politics that further ostracises minorities — cramming the
Sam Quixote
Feb 26, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
Up until now "Transmetropolitan" didn't really have a story and followed Spider Jerusalem from one bizarre story to the next but in "Year of the Bastard" a story arc that will continue for much of this series begins - the election of the President, the Beast vs the Smiler.

The Smiler is this great character who is the most superficial person alive and underneath the surface is one of the most terrifyingly blackest souls who ever lived. He's a brilliant target for the fearless Spider to latch onto
Mikael Kuoppala
Nov 25, 2012 Mikael Kuoppala rated it liked it
After two evenly uneven and chaotic volumes about the explosive persona of Spider Jerusalem chasing the truth in a future America Warren Ellis streamlines his approach by giving us a more classic single story about corrupt presidential elections.

At first I was quite intrigued by the idea; "Transmetropolitan" has been extremely and fearlessly political from the beginning, and now Ellis is tackling politics directly. I have to say though that the series seems to sink a little bit with this third i
J.M. Hushour
Sep 27, 2014 J.M. Hushour rated it it was amazing
Spider Jerusalem, asshole extraordinaire, hits his stride with this, the real beginning of the series-spanning story arch involving election year in the City and Spider's war on the Beast and the Smiler, the two candidates. Again, there's a lot to love here. Such a foul hero is welcome and relieving, as is the humor. I've gone off on all that shit before, lemme just point up the art here. Robertson is a fine illustrator, but what really gets to one is the amount of sheer, goddamn detail he puts ...more
Sep 19, 2008 Ali rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: misanthropists, politics lovers, cynics
In this story arc, Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson throw their frenetic gonzo journalist, Spider Jerusalem, into covering a Presidential campaign. This collection follows a dozen issues introducing a vision of near-future America, where familiar elements are pushed into overdrive. Corruption is more endemic, technology is more pervasive, the divide between rich and poor is vaster, moral standards are laxer, religious leaders crazier, and the media environment is more of a constantly invasive p ...more
May 31, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing
Warren Ellis comes up with more weird brilliance in a six-issue series of comic books than most of us will come up with in our lifetimes. In "The Year of the Bastard," he takes on electoral politics with a vicious eye toward the way Americans choose their president.

By removing the half-hearted pleasantries or nods to the idea that we might seek anything other than a parental figure, who'll hold our hands and make all the big decisions for us, Ellis writes a scathing satire of the political syst
Donald Armfield
This is one GRAPHIC NOVEL. Spider Jerusalem comes down from the mountains after 5 years with no civilization and gets his old job back. As a collum writer for the word Spider hates the world and cusses more than a truck driver. If you like dark humor with witty & bad words in your dialogue. And some great artwork. Check This Out!
Jul 07, 2009 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Spider Jerusalem's rabid and unquenchable lust for truth reminds me of why the hell I wanted to be a journalist in the first place: to fuck things up. (And maybe rain down a little truth upon the blinded, ignorant masses.)
Jared Duran
May 15, 2016 Jared Duran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Were this not election season, I probably would have given this a 4, but man, sometimes there's a book, sometimes there's a book....
May 18, 2013 Steven rated it really liked it
For all the hyperbole about political corruption, it's frightening that Spider Jerusalem's coverage of American politics is probably more accurate than the real thing.
Chris Maurer
Jan 31, 2015 Chris Maurer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
just keeps getting better
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
Jenna Scherer
Oct 13, 2016 Jenna Scherer rated it really liked it
This election cycle had me jonesing for a Transmetropolitan reread, because I sure wish Spider Jerusalem (or his real-life antecedent, Hunter S. Thompson) were around to cover all this toxic nonsense. "Year of the Bastard," about covering a dirty and hopeless presidential race in a dystopian future America, is particularly timely. Heller is a proto-Trump dreamed up by Warren Ellis in 1999. And in terms of the role journalism is playing in the race these past few weeks, Spider's words ring partic ...more
Jerry Daniels
Oct 08, 2016 Jerry Daniels rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Unlike the previous two volumes, “Transmetropolitan: Year of the Bastard” seems to have a tighter story that incorporates some basic elements of fiction. It is tighter because it is plot-driven, creating a level of anticipation and excitement that propel a reader to finish reading the graphic novel in a day.

Published in 1999, “Year of the Bastard” begins with anticipation after our anti-hero, Spider Jerusalem receives demands from his editor to write about a U.S. presidential race while listeni
Oct 20, 2016 Christopher rated it it was amazing
Sigue bastante bien y los temas que toma para satirizarlos son aplicables en todas las realidades
Aug 23, 2016 Travis rated it it was amazing
"Just once, I'd like to get through the day without hating anyone."

The third Transmetropolitan collection kicks off Spider Jerusalem's coverage of the Presidential election with the six issue story "Year of the Bastard." This is where the series truly takes off and becomes something special, and eerily predictive of the 2016 US Presidential election campaign. That remains the tragic magic of this series: how well it can be applied to any given period of politics.

"Nobody does investigative journa
Feb 07, 2013 Irena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I'm still raging over the fact that I've read this so fast. I didn't expect that the quality of the series would continue the same way it did 'til now. I couldn't think of the topic Ellis would be writing about (already in the last two issues we figured that humans have peaked at their disgust-level). Blame my poor imagination, but I slapped myself on the forehead when I started reading: yes, of course, the elections!

I assumed that such anarchic world would have no leaders, left to itself to ev
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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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