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

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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, 133 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Vertigo
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The fourth volume of Transmetropolitan picks up right where the third volume left us, making the fishy washy politics even more dirtier and apocalyptic if possible. We are all going to hell, but it will probably be quite a enjoyable ride to some of us at the first class seats.

Transmetropolitan has such a rich world around the ongoing story, but it is somewhat left in the darkness where the sun don't shine, and only way to learn is to do so with a help of a tiny flashlight. It could be frustratin
Jan 06, 2015 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Nov 10, 2014 Gavin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
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
Benoit Lelievre
Feb 12, 2016 Benoit Lelievre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, my least favorite volume of Spider Jerusalem's stories. It wasn't bad at all, but it was more or less the ending of what volume 3 started. Half of the storylines were interesting and offered closure, but the other half were just about Spider wandering in the cities and looking for stories. They were almost wordless and over before they started. Not that I have anything against visual storytelling, but Spider Jerusalem is about more than that. He cannot afford to be uninspired and I can't ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Ivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Weakest part so far.It's still very good but not as good as previous entries.
Sam Quixote
Feb 27, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
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
'kris Pung
Aug 27, 2014 'kris Pung rated it it was amazing
WOW I thought the first 3 volumes were fun but this one just jacked up the series to another level.
While I missed the fact that there were not as many snapshots of life in Spider's city, I did enjoy that (probably because of that) there was less anger and rage and swearing from Spider - and most everyone else in the book. Though not as much of Spider's world was seen, there was a lot more plot done. Even more characterization of Spider and his assistants, which was also welcome. We get some peeks into why Spider reacts to society the way that he does. Oh and we learn who the next president is ...more
Titas (Emperor)
Jun 02, 2016 Titas (Emperor) rated it really liked it
Spider was hating society before it was cool
The only spider that I loved in my life!
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
Nov 05, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it
Spider is such a precious cinnamon roll.
Maja Shinigami
Nov 25, 2015 Maja Shinigami rated it it was amazing
I knew I love spiders for a reason.
Apr 03, 2016 Ant rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, fantasy
Utterly brilliant! To base a character on Hunter S Thomson and make it work in a political setting - I didn't think it would hit the mark, but I was completely wrong.
J.M. Hushour
Oct 09, 2014 J.M. Hushour rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 27, 2009 Batsap rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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.
Robert Hudder
Jun 06, 2016 Robert Hudder rated it really liked it
Spider tries to get the poorest people to vote and much hilarity ensues. This is zany and wacky stuff. If Mickey Mouse and meth combined and created a world where the poor and disenfranchised are continually fucked over by larger corporations and politics is a white man's game, who would believe it?

And that is the time of tone perpetuated through this book... A journalist, Spider, tries to fight the good fight and waits for the results of the election where the fix is in and he knows it will go
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
Jun 05, 2010 Emma rated it liked it
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.
Oct 28, 2008 Bria rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 22, 2014 Molokov rated it really liked it
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
Nov 06, 2011 Toshi rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, sci-fi
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
Feb 27, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 16, 2011 Brian rated it it was amazing
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
May 05, 2015 Portia S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 10, 2014 Regan rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 18, 2016 Tomas rated it really liked it
As presidential election campaigns continue, also Spider Jerusalem continues covering them. After finding out that hot candidate, senator Callahan, is not as good as he seemed to be, Spider wants to turn public opinion against him. Will he succeed? Find out yourself.

This issue wasn't as good as the previous ones but still very good. It's original, it's refreshing, it's filthy, it's politically incorrect, it's funny. It's Transmetropolitan.
Feb 13, 2014 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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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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“Hi. I’m Spider Jerusalem. I smoke. I take drugs. I drink. I wash every six weeks. I masturbate constantly and fling my steaming poison semen down from my window into your hair and food. I’m a rich and respected columnist for a major metropolitan newspaper. I live with two beautiful women in the city’s most expensive and select community. Being a bastard works.” 26 likes
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