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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 5: Lonely City (Transmetropolitan #5)

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SC, TPB, in cello, New, Written by Warren Ellis. Art by Darick Robertson. Published in June of 2001. Softcover, 144 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $14.99.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Vertigo (first published June 1st 2001)
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Sesana
Oct 06, 2014 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
That's better. After volume four's loss of energy, this is back to the same peak. And it's probably because Ellis gave Spider an actual target: police brutality and corruption. How horribly topical, more than a decade later. I was surprised, after an appropriately manic beginning, how disturbing, even frightening, this story became. I don't know if this means the book is going to be taking a slightly more serious turn going forward, but it kind of looks that way. I'm not sure yet if that's a goo ...more
Gavin
Jan 05, 2015 Gavin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Wow. I love righteous fury. Ellis does it like no one else. I also love the poetic beauty he uses to describe the city and his relationship with it. The duality of filth disgust and garbage versus the positivity of energy, discovery and people. At first I found it a bit wordy...but it arts up the second act perfectly...

The Smiler has come to power, Spider vowing to take him out...in the midst of this, a brutal hate crime takes place, outraging Spider to nearly boiling point. The response of the
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Sam Quixote
Mar 22, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
The Beast has been replaced in office by the Smiler, a far more sinister President with plans to obliterate the man who pursued and mocked him throughout the election, Spider Jerusalem. Following a Senator's sex scandal leads Spider and his filthy assistants, Yellena and Channon, to massive corruption within the police force of the city where a hate crime has been essentially buried. But when Spider raises his hackles on the police, he finds that he's walked into a bloody trap...

This book takes
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Joni
Jul 31, 2016 Joni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quinto tomo recopilando del 25 al 30 dejando la serie justo a la mitad. Pasadas las elecciones presidenciales arranca con tres unitarios, el primero introspectivo de Spider que completa algo más el panorama del personaje hablando de su pasado y pareceres, el segundo son 21 páginas unitarias que describen la ciudad como a través de postales. El tercer unitario empieza a endurecer la temática metiendo a un político en una trama de muerte en filmaciones porno, todo llevado al extremo de lo no corre ...more
Jedi JC Daquis
Sep 19, 2016 Jedi JC Daquis rated it it was ok
Do not binge-read Transmetropolitan. Try to alternate some socially-accepted books before going back and picking up a volume of Spider Jerusalem's fight against the corrupted authorities. You'd get tired of the city, its filth, its stories. Same old ugliness, same old crap.

Lonely City felt like a filler volume at first, a confined story that Spider Jerusalem must write in his column. But hell escalated quickly at the middle part of the book and damn, from all the craziness I have experienced wit
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Dann
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
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Benoit Lelièvre
Every time I feel like Transmetropolitan doesn't know what to talk about anymore, it comes out the left field with the greatest storylines. Spider Jerusalem finds fun and creative ways of getting into trouble with the law as he investigates a brutal murder the police seems oddly disinterested in. What ensues has nothing to envy to the great conspiracy theory novels, yet keeps the fun, edgy and oh-so-pertinent edge that makes Spider jerusalum who he is. One of the best, if not the best volume yet ...more
Friz
Jun 10, 2017 Friz rated it it was amazing
finally. i read the first three volumes of Trans out of order (1, 3, 2), but now i'm back on track. Volume Three, Year of the Bastard, was amazing and Volume 5, Lonely City, is the follow up i was waiting for. no disrespect to Volume 4 cause it contextualized important details that get expanded upon in V5. the parallels to the state of Journalism and Police are uncanny. unbelievable that this series was written 20 years ago. can't wait to continue.
Cyndi
Apr 19, 2017 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spider Jerusalem's web appears to be falling apart. Hi octane living, riots in the streets, death and betrayal is everywhere......
J.M. Hushour
Oct 09, 2014 J.M. Hushour rated it it was amazing
With the Smiler in the White House, Spider Jerusalem, journalist and psycho extraordinaire demands that politicians show him their penises.
Yes, that's right. He and his filthy assistants chase down local office-holders demanding to see their penises.
Thus, begins the real meat of Transmet, Jerusalem's real crusade for the truth, the complete out-fuckery of politics and media as it stands. Nothing is safe. The entire police force can be turned out to destroy him, and Jerusalem soldiers on, exposin
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Julien V
Mar 06, 2014 Julien V rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp-trash, comics
Discovery of the year! It's not "edgy", it's (insert superlatives) outrageous. Transmetropolitan makes Family Guy look like Sesame Street. Spider Jerusalem might be an asshole, but he fights the right battles: corruption, police brutality, xenophobia, you name it. Highly entertaining.
Grace
Filthy, black, crude, and perilously witty.

I fall more and more in love with this series with each volume.

One of the best series out there. Not for people who lack a sense of humour or have an over abundance of prudishness.
'kris Pung
Aug 27, 2014 'kris Pung rated it really liked it
Damn in the last book the Smiler is reveled to be the twisted evil f@ck we all thought he was and then there is absolutely zero about him in this book WTH. Dear Mr. Ellis, please stop being a giant dick tease.
The Library Ladies
(originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com )

I really have to pat Warren Ellis on the back, because boy has this re-read of “Transmetropolitan” felt so relevant and timeless. I’m now halfway through the volumes, and every time I pick one up I say to myself “Boy, this sure feels like the stuff that’s going on in today’s world of politics and government.” The journey of Spider, Channon, and Yelena continues to be absurd and over the top in a lot of ways, be it the cyber punk setting or the vario
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Travis
Mar 27, 2012 Travis rated it it was amazing
"Life sucks, then you die."

The fifth Transmetropolitan collection is a bit of a hodgepodge. This volume certainly is not as strong as the first first four volumes. Without the Presidential election the series loses a bit of steam. But digging into these six issues reveals some truly startling insights into the role journalism plays in our society. Many of the topics covered in these six issues are even more relavent today, including the hostile relationship between police and minority citizens a
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Ryan Davies
May 25, 2017 Ryan Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still great, but the 3 stand alone stories one after the other kinda diminished the energy for me. Absolutely still worth the price of admission for the title arc 'Lonely City". The righteous indignation in that story is amazing and still extremely topical even today
Scott Sweeny
Dec 29, 2016 Scott Sweeny rated it really liked it
Worth it for the introduction by Patrick Stewart alone. The story is getting more heated/depressing/relevant with each passing volume.
Avaneesh
If you're already a misanthrope, read Transmetropolitan to have your belief system validated. If, on the other hand, you still aren't, read it to become one.

You can't lose here.
Alex
Mar 18, 2017 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's eerily unsettling how Warren Ellis has predicted so many things that are happening in our world. Excessive surveillance. Police brutality. Social unrest.
Sam Carpenter
Mar 06, 2017 Sam Carpenter rated it it was amazing
The more I read this, the more terrifying it seems in the age of Trump. I always loved this book, but at the risk of sounding like a broken record as I reread each volume, I remember it as an eye opening satire of a possible future and now I read it as a damning critique of the present day. It’s Nostradamus like in places, if, you know, Nostradamus had genuinely predicted the future as opposed to being an olden days writer of Christmas Cracker riddles.

If this book isn’t about things that have, i
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Abhishek Das
Your mileage may vary with the fifth volume of Warren Ellis' hard hitting, science fiction political satire. The first half of the book continues Ellis' love-hate relationship with the populace of the city and follows Spider (journalist Batman) along with his Robin and Batgirl like assistants through sting operations, lavish dinners, pornographer dens and hangovers. Ellis continues to develop these characters and their motivations by showing rather than telling his way through the panels. We see ...more
Zoey
Mar 13, 2017 Zoey rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic, as always :)
S.
Spider’s back, baby! With summer’s return, the gloom that had settled on our favourite journalist has lifted. The sun’s rays fire him up, allowing him to do what he does best: righteous indignation. We meet him as he’s in the midst of an extended monologue, and already Ellis’ writing proves miles better than anything he showcased in the previous volume. Spider’s love-hate relationship with the planet and its inhabitants is delivered with verve and humour, followed by a light dose of philosophy t ...more
Sean
Mar 02, 2017 Sean rated it really liked it
4.5 really
Joshua
Jan 02, 2017 Joshua rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
The first Transmet that really blew me away. Made the preceding volumes well worth reading.
HFK
Feb 15, 2016 HFK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphics, paidkindle
The fifth volume of Transmetropolitan series has been my favorite so far, for three reasons, which I am about to list below with - because I am lazy, and at loss with my fabulous reviewing Mojo. My math brain sucks, so it is possible there is more than three reasons, but shit happens, and I also write my stuff on the run, so shit happens even more. Often, a lot of shit.

That said, I binge-read the whole series today, all of the remaining six volumes I had in stock, and I am happy to say it was da
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Chris Miller
The beginning meandered a bit, but the story arc towards the end was really strong.
Sam Quixote
Mar 22, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Beast has been replaced in office by the Smiler, a far more sinister President with plans to obliterate the man who pursued and mocked him throughout the election, Spider Jerusalem. Following a Senator's sex scandal leads Spider and his filthy assistants, Yellena and Channon, to massive corruption within the police force of the city where a hate crime has been essentially buried. But when Spider raises his hackles on the police, he finds that he's walked into a bloody trap...

This book takes
...more
Sam Quixote
Mar 22, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Beast has been replaced in office by the Smiler, a far more sinister President with plans to obliterate the man who pursued and mocked him throughout the election, Spider Jerusalem. Following a Senator's sex scandal leads Spider and his filthy assistants, Yellena and Channon, to massive corruption within the police force of the city where a hate crime has been essentially buried. But when Spider raises his hackles on the police, he finds that he's walked into a bloody trap...

This book takes
...more
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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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