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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 4: The New Scum (Transmetropolitan #4)

4.43 of 5 stars 4.43  ·  rating details  ·  8,518 ratings  ·  100 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.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Vertigo
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Kind of felt like a step down from previous volumes. This one seemed to have sacrificed some of the mad, furious energy that fueled Ellis through other volumes. Possibly because things needed to be done here, so Ellis restrained himself to see that they were done. And so they were. We get a more complete view of each presidential candidate. One is actually compelling and seems like a real person, the other is a cardboard cutout villain. Guess which gets elected president? I'm guessing that much ...more
So in the wake of a shocking assassination/murder, Spider finds himself coveted by both the Beast and the Smiler (the 2 men running for POTUSA). The New Scum refers to the part of the City where the very lower classes manage to scrape by their existences. Spider doesn't think too highly of the men who subjugate these people, but he also expects more from them in terms of their civic responsibilities.

Warren Ellis has always been an impressive writer (save maybe for Avengers: Endless Wartime - whi
Weakest part so far.It's still very good but not as good as previous entries.
Sam Quixote
Following a shocking political assassination, the election between the Beast and the Smiler ramps up and Spider Jerusalem finds himself courted by both candidates for interviews. Meanwhile Channon finds out Yelena’s dirty secret and election day looms.

This book has Warren Ellis writing more about the world of the City with Spider, amidst the campaign madness, showing the reader the poverty stricken and the disenfranchised that live within the richest country in the world. It’s a bold move that
Robert Beveridge
Warren Ellis, Transmetropolitan: The New Scum (Vertigo, 2000)

After all the praise I've lavished on Transmetropolitan in my reviews of the first three volumes, I guess it was inevitable that everything would come crashing down. I have to admit, though, I'm making things sound a lot worse than they are; I guess the first three volumes had me expecting new miracles with every episode. Having given us the overarching story arc in book three, Ellis gets down to business in The New Scum, the fourth bo
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
'kris Pung
WOW I thought the first 3 volumes were fun but this one just jacked up the series to another level.
Sue Smith
Well this chapter of Transmetropolitan fell well below the bar it previously set in it's earlier versions. Still obnoxious and dirty mouthed - to be sure - but all without the hard hitting punch to go with it. It really felt like a half cooked transitional story to me. A partial story that missed out on the usual skewering of political antics and opinions the last novels shone at. There was some, I can't deny that, but it just seemed to be half hearted.

Hoping the next installment will get back
What can I say about the Transmetropolitan series that hasn't been said before? Nothing, that's what.

It's brilliant, dirty, raw and funny and Spider is the perfect character to carry it - by turns both violent and sympathetic, pitiful and intimidating. He's angry, inescapably human and he's my hero.
I don't quite know why I like Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan series, but I do. I spend a lot of time reading the background art so each collection takes a while to get through.
Once you're old enough to know politics exist, and actually read the books in order, not only does Transmet make a lot more sense, but it's even better than you thought it was.
The election campaign heats up and Spider's up to it in his neck. He's now discovered that both the incumbent Beast and challenger Smiler are both full of shit and there's no other choice the people can make. And both of these men - whichever will be the next President - now have it out for him, personally. This volume is the start of the 'middle bridge' of the overall story - not too much in the way of actions or revelations, but the quiet between the earlier rising action and the upcoming comp ...more
I like this series for the most part, but with each volume I'm enjoying it a bit less. Spider is an interesting character, but extremely two dimensional. He's either raging about something and pursing it headlong, or he's engaged in some redeeming fluff piece meant to show that he's not a complete ass hole. He buys a little girl a doll, he befriends a woman who was cryogenically frozen, etc. It doesn't feel jarring though, it just feels like a blatant attempt by the author to lighten things for ...more
Sam Quixote
Following a shocking political assassination, the election between the Beast and the Smiler ramps up and Spider Jerusalem finds himself courted by both candidates for interviews. Meanwhile Channon finds out Yelena’s dirty secret and election day looms.

This book has Warren Ellis writing more about the world of the City with Spider, amidst the campaign madness, showing the reader the poverty stricken and the disenfranchised that live within the richest country in the world. It’s a bold move that
The fourth volume of Transmetropolitan continues the plotline started in volume three but raises the stakes – this time, it’s all about the actual presidential election. My favourite episode in this volume was I think Spider Jerusalem’s interview with the President – Ellis and Robertson turn that into a really great portrait of a villain: They give him the occasion to justify himself, to demonstrate that he has his reasons for doing what he’s doing – and that for all that he is not one bit less ...more
A perfect description of how (I'm sure) many Americans feel about the weaknesses of the election process. Sure, the insanity of the "smiler" was very much taken to the extreme...but that just made it all the more powerful. What, indeed, could Spider (or one of us) have done? More chilling to think about is this: is what this book says about that process really so much more different in reality? How much lying do our candidates take part in? And I'm not talking about spoken lies...I'm talking abo ...more
Portia S
The problems of the City started getting too close to home, got too close to what we've been experiencing here in our real world. It's frightening how much life influences art, even if it's the kind of art where makers recycle garbage into five star restaurant quality food. Politicians remain assholes, full of narcissistic and gluttonous pride to seize power by all means. Will recommend to our future anarchists.
Regan Wann
What happens if Spider Jerusalem has people who care about him? I have a sneaking suspicion we're going to find out.

And that's a good thing.

I'm glad Mary is back. And I love Channon and Yelena. And Spider is totally growing on me like scary mold.

I still love the little things. Like the canvassers.

And huzzah for days off that allow me to read these rapid-fire and enjoy the heck out of it.
The series continues to rocket along without hitting a wrong note with art or story. The tension continues to build and satire/ observation gets sharper, though some of the background gags may get a bit too much with some people with weak stomachs.

There was unexpected return of a minor character, I am interested to see where this goes. All covers are by Darrick.

I don't have too much to say about this work that hasn't already been said. I just picked it up again for the first time in about a year because it was on a stack of comics I just brought home from my office. I love Ellis' ability to craft a good story, and Spider is an amazing character who, though seemingly desensitized by the world around him, is actually quite compassionate and caring. Though he seems to have little faith in humanity, he constantly strives to rekindle or ignite for the first ...more
Warren Ellis continues on a great path with this volume of "Transmetropolitan". This time, outlaw journalist Spider Jerusalem spits Truth at the presidential election, shedding light on the deeds and lies of both parties.

Ellis continues to show us a futuristic world which, when we dig, is a mirror of our own. Legendary comics icon Grant Morrison is quoted on the back of this volume as saying, "Forget newspapers, they'll only lie to you. TRANSMETROPOLITAN tells you what's really going on." Throug
So, here it all picks up once more. It's the day before the elections (and the actual elections) and both the Beast (the incumbent) and the Smiler Callahan ask Spider for interviews prior to the vote. The interview with The Beast is surprising, and like some of the best comics, shows how the adversarial relationship between him and Spider is necessary for both of them to perpetuate their given roles. The interview with Callahan is just plain creepy.

I'm normally not one to enjoy political fiction
4.5 really...after an uneven start this series just gets better and better. Although in the beginning Spider was an unlikable bastard, I`m starting to relate to him.

Lots of drama, tension, some laugh out loud moments, a plausible future world, great characters, a potent critique of the madness that is politics, and raising some interesting questions about the way we treat each other without providing any easy answers...what`s not to like?

Can`t give it 5-stars because the art just doesn`t do it
J.M. Hushour
As always, supreme! Spider Jerusalem goes full frontal in his assault on the Smiler and the Beast, all to no avail. Their confrontations are the highlights in this volume, frank, funny, and fucked-up. But, hey, it's a presidential election. Transmet continues its tradition of unabashed, probably not hyperbolic bashing of pretty much everything you know and love.
A very nice follow-up to the last volume, this edition continues the stellar pattern set by this series. Spider Jerusalem shows some compassion at spots in this story, and the election coverage could apply to modern day election cycles. The believable and likeable characterization, both of Jerusalem and his assistants, friends (if Spider has friends) and antagonists, remains as a touchstone of Ellis' story. The detailed art by Robertson adds to the story, as well, as the world of Transmetropolit ...more
Transmetropolitan Vol. 4 takes a slight turn away from previous volumes. The previous three books were very funny, but Vol. 4, in dealing with the Presidential election, gets much more serious and depressing and discusses politics with an especially biting satire. Another excellent volume!
Although the narrative quality has dipped in comparison to earlier instalments, nevertheless, some fiercely cogent points are raised against the filth-ridden cynicism that can grease the gears of the political machine.
If you're jaded about politics and the whole electoral process (like me) then you'll love this Volume. It gets into the dirty games that go on during a political election- and the lengths each candidate will go to to win.

You learn a bit more about these Presidential candidates as Spider interviews them, which leaves you with the distinct feeling that if you were living in this dystopia of Ellis' imagination, you'd have no one to vote for. Which is actually quite close to reality, but I digress.
John Jackson
I'm not always a Warren Ellis fan, but I'm definitely a fan of this series. The world he creates is frighteningly possible, awful and funny and full of pain. Only a character like Spider Jerusalem could exist and thrive there.
Jerry Landry
I have to admit that this volume of the Transmetropolitan series failed to impress me. I picked this one up after having read the first three volumes, all of which were enjoyable, thought-provoking reads set in a dystopian future. However, this one fell rather flat. Though there were some interesting parts, in particular Spider Jerusalem’s confrontations with the Beast and the Smiler (the two presidential candidates in the dystopian future the series is set in), most of it just seemed like fille ...more
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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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