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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 0: Tales of Human Waste (Transmetropolitan 0)

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TALES OF HUMAN WASTE completes the TRANSMETROPOLITAN library, collecting the two Prestige-format one-shots TRANSMETROPOLITAN: I HATE IT HERE and TRANSMETROPOLITAN: FILTH OF THE CITY, as well as the 8-page Christmas story from VERTIGO: WINTER'S EDGE 2. Written by Warren Ellis, this collection features a host of one and two-page pieces from comics' finest artists illustratin ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Vertigo
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Oct 30, 2012 Keith rated it really liked it
I'm finally putting this series to bed upon reading Filth of the City about ten years after reading all other things Transmet. Since these days the only really sure way to find FotC is in this collection (which, I think, is also going the way of the dodo) or in the most recent edition of vol 10, One More Time, which annoyingly sandwiches both FotC and its precursor, I Hate it Here in as a postscript to the entire series, I felt an OCD-type need to explain to all the n00bs out there a little bit ...more
Oct 11, 2016 Ian rated it liked it
Diverting, but a little overwritten. It's as if Warren Ellis did Transmet fanfic.
Sep 22, 2016 Steven rated it really liked it
I loved this comic. This is the first time I have read a Transmetroplitan comic and I can't wait to get my hands on the rest. The protagonist, Spider, is a lovable jerk who really does seem to care about the people of his city. His character is interesting and his comments are both funny and biting. Someone time art didn't quite line up with what was being said, but this was one of those comics where every artist did only one page, so that's rather easy to do and just leave in. Definitely want t ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]I got this because I had picked up recommendations for Ellis' Transmetropolitan series from various sources, and this fairly slim volume was numbered #0 in the shop, so I guessed it might be important introductory or prefatory material. Well, if it is, I'm not sure I can be bothered to follow up with the rest of the series. The book starts with a short story about how much protagonist Spider Jerusalem hates Christmas and other people, and it ...more
Lasairfiona Smith
Oct 21, 2008 Lasairfiona Smith rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Transmet fans
This is not a prequel: this is basically a supplemental book to the Transmet series. It is a collection of bits of articles that Spider wrote for The Word, illustrated by numerous artists. The snippets are obviously from "I Hate It Here" and it really shows Spider in a light that one would expect: hating dogs, sexual frustration, bowel disruptors... But it also shows a bit of why Spider stayed in the City in the first place. It shows his bittersweet love affair with the seedy underbelly, his add ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Charles rated it liked it
Spider Jerusalem is a difficult protagonist to like but his narcissism isn't the problem. His observations about his world are supposed to be incisive, but really, they're aren't. His brand of dark humor adds little and frequently, this graphic novel is a jumble of ramblings.

The art in a few instances is quite beautiful, but most of it is not appropriate for the world that Ellis has created. It would be better to just use a single illustrator to maintain a consistent tone, though it must be said
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This is a collection of the columns written by the character Spider Jerusalem over the course of the Transmetropolitan series, each illustrated by a different comic-book artist. There are some big names, some less well known. Both the columns and the art are hit-and-miss, and this certainly isn’t a good starting point for anyone who hasn’t read any of the series, but it’s a nice addition for those who have. As such it comes with all the same caveats about extreme and graphic swearing, violence, ...more
Apr 10, 2011 Julian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'll keep it brief, because this is a jeu d'esprit rather than a book requiring weighty analysis. In Transmetropolitan proper, Spider Jerusalem writes a column called 'I hate it here'. This book is a selection from those columns, each illustrated with artwork by one of a multitude of artists. The pieces themselves range from quite moving to frankly silly (I particularly like the one where Spider's assistant tries to explain his 'Pharaoh for a day' exploits, and the fitting fate of his editor).

Jul 17, 2012 Brooke rated it really liked it
During the entire Transmetropolitan series up to this point, Spider Jerusalem's status as someone with so much power and sway was a bit questionable. He's a psychotic, unlikeable lunatic who spends most of his time pissing people off and behaving very bizarrely. He's entertaining as can be, but seriously unhinged and not really hero material. Vol. 0: Tales of Human waste finally sheds some light on what captivates the denizens of The City - dozens of excerpts of Spider's column are presented and ...more
I feel as if I can relate to Jerusalem's apathy more, now that I feel like I'm living in hell. It's comforting to have the words laid out in front of me and know that someone out there was able to nail it squarely to the wall.

He takes what's happening right now in America, as we live it, and put it in this future environment. On the part that covers the societal unrest for the half-human half-martian bunch I must share what was said on the picket signs, i
Jun 06, 2011 Jess rated it liked it
Despite loving the Transmetropolian series proper, I thought Tales of Human Waste was just okay. It features a selection of Spider Jerusalem's newspaper columns with visuals provided by a number of different graphic artists. It's nowhere near as powerful as the columns in the series, though his antagonistic attitude toward the culture of the City and ranting & raving style is captured in these columns. The art provides some interesting visual interpretations of Jerusalem and company, but I w ...more
John Andrew
Jun 07, 2015 John Andrew rated it really liked it
Hunter S. Thompson figure as hard-boiled reporter protagonist of sort-of dystopic future political thriller. A big theme is challenging what ethical changes might be provoked by scientific advances (cloning, drugs, downloading your soul into a computer, etc) from a standpoint of gross out / shock. (Makes Niven's wireheads seem tame.) A Sci Fi comics series for lovers of smart-ass science fiction like Zelazny or Niven crossed with a sort of Alan Moore sensibility (but without the graphic adventur ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Tom rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
This is a collection of some vignettes and it features a lot of different artists take on the character Spider Jerusalem. Some of the art is spectacular, some doesn't interest me that much. The little blurbs, most of which seemingly excepts of the protagonist's "I Hate It Here" column, recall the story arc of the series, but since there is no active plot to engage the reader, it just becomes a best-of collection.
Feb 11, 2015 Seth rated it liked it
This is a book of short snippets from Spider Jerusalem's news paper column. It's a quick read, it has some funny quotes and lots of cool art from different artists from the comics world. I felt I should read this because I enjoyed Transmetropolitan immensely. I liked this but I didn't love it. No story, all Spider rants. I do have a favorite quote though

"There is nothing more important than tax cuts and tits in movies" - Spider Jerusalem
Mikael Kuoppala
Dec 27, 2011 Mikael Kuoppala rated it it was ok
One more time warren Ellis takes us into the world of his “Transmetropolitan” saga, a hyperactive and bitingly sharp sci-fi political satire that often turned chillingly serious. “Tales of Human Waste” does revoke some of the energy of the series, but it is ultimately left hanging in the air with very little to offer in the way of wit or substance. I never thought Spider Jerusalem could be boring, but here he kind of is.
Neville Ridley-smith
Jan 17, 2013 Neville Ridley-smith rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This one was merely ok.

The first half was mostly unnecessary - for the most part average art and vile subject matter punctuated by occasional fantastic art.

The second half was much better - a proportionately higher number of good art spreads and it even added some never-shown-before, intriguing locations and concepts that flesh out the futurescape of the Transmet world.
Jan 31, 2016 Erika rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
I liked how this felt more like reading his column than reading a part of a story and I liked all the different looks provided by the different artist, it felt fresh but still consistent with the feel of the original comics.
There is nothing here that really adds to the story arc but I love how it gives more background and layers of Spider's world.
Robb Bridson
Jan 19, 2016 Robb Bridson rated it it was ok
This is the first I've read of Transmetropolitan, ane my guess is this is a volume to start with. It just happened to be readily available at the library. I always think I should like Garth Ennis because his ideas sound great... but so far, in practice, I find his writing to be edgy for the sake of edginess, and somehow still boring.
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Warren Ellis, Transmetropolitan: Tales of Human Waste (Vertigo, 2004)

Sort of a “greatest hits” compilation of “I Hate It Here” textual bits from the series illustrated by a wide variety of comic artists. Amusing, and a nice way to look back on the series, but doesn't really add a great deal. For established fans only. ***
Oct 22, 2007 Monk rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dystopian Fiction Lovers
Spider Jerusalem is a journalist before anything else (maniac, rebel, monsterer and rabble rouser) and this collection is pure Ellis via the medium of our favorite sociopath. Tales of Human Waste chronicles the human (and post-human) experience, covering some of the more common topics we see today to covering the theoretical in a style best described as Thompson-esqe. Give it a read.
Robert Hudder
Jun 19, 2016 Robert Hudder rated it liked it
This was a Christmas story with drawerings by some of the artists that love this story. Anyways, most of the 'clips' of the columns were good and given that most journalism has the inverted pyramid style, the best is always the beginning.

Not an essential piece of the lore but definitely some good stuff for completists.
Sean Goh
Nov 24, 2014 Sean Goh rated it really liked it
People keep saying to me, you're doing a good job, Spider, you're really changing things, Spider. And it's all bullshit. I'm not changing a thing. I'm a writer. A journalist. I can't change shit. What I do is give you the tools to understand the world so that you can change things. And I'm stuck here, only hoping that you do.
Oct 26, 2013 Bri rated it liked it
It was nice to spend time with Spider again, but this is really just a collection of what his columns were throughout the rest of the series. It's interesting, but it more or less reads like a recap of the series and doesn't really add to much on it's own. There's not really much at stake.
Apr 26, 2008 HeavyReader rated it liked it
This book is an addition to the Transmetropolitan series, but it's not exactly a sequal or a prequal. It seems to be a grand excuse to showcase incredible art featuring Spider Jerusalem and whacked out words in his voice. A good read for the Transmetropolitan fan, but not essential.
Oct 15, 2013 AGraphicMaduck rated it it was amazing
wonder ode to transmetropolitan, says something about the respect this series must have considering all the artists on this...that said and there were some good ones, spider still belongs to Robertson art wise...
Jun 23, 2012 Frank rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
These are excerpts from Spider Jerusalem's books which are collections of his columns from throughout the series. Nothing new, but worth a read if you liked Transmet. Selling point here is a different artist drew each page. If you're into that sort of thing.
Dec 10, 2014 Regan rated it really liked it's a nice collection of little "snapshots." Fun to read after finishing the series. I would have been pretty disappointed if I'd been waiting for another full-on Transmetropolitan, however. And ultimately it neither adds to nor takes from the full series. It's just know...a thing.
Jan 23, 2010 Dan rated it it was amazing
For those who don't know this series it's basically Hunter S Thompson in the future. Spider Jerusalem is a ranting hack who will stop at nothing to get a story and bring down those he hates - which is everybody. Writer Warren Ellis is a literary god in my book...albeit a god with a sick mind.
Apr 10, 2009 Paul rated it liked it
So far, Transmetropolitan is my favorite series ever. I wasn't impressed by this particular title, but the rest of the series is fantastic and everybody with any interest in comics/graphic novels/whatever the right term is these days.
Nov 06, 2009 Nia rated it really liked it
It was interesting to see Spider through the eyes of other artists. Also enjoyed reading his columns.
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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're probably wondering why there's never any good news.
I mean, I've been doing this job a few months now. I've been soaking up the paper every week, same as you, and watching the same newsfeeds as you. I got the same list burned into the front of my head as you. Death. Horror. Bad sex. Living nightmares. Each day a little further down the spiral.
There's never any good news because they know you.
I mean, here's the top of today's column that I discarded: I had a really good time last night down the bar with my assistant and some cheerfully doomed sex fiends of our acquaintance.
No one ever sold newspapers by telling you the truth; life just ain't that bad.”
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