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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis
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Mar 03, 12

bookshelves: fiction-sci-fi, fiction-mystery-and-crime, graphic-novel
Read in March, 2012

** spoiler alert ** I'm conflicted about this piece... On one hand, I found Ellis' dystopian world compelling and his dialogue snappy, and Robertson's art was simultaneously clean, meticulous and gritty, which was entirely appropriate for the material. On the other hand, the "protagonist" Spider Jerusalem (an obvious sci-fi version of Hunter S. Thompson) comes across as a homicidal misanthrope, which makes his (admittedly poignant) speech in the conclusion of the story arc ring somewhat false. At least in this initial outing, I feel like Ellis' character incarnates Hunter S. Thompson's craziness but not his profound humanism, which makes him considerably less relatable.

Regardless of these misgivings, I found the whole package quite compelling (I read it in one sitting) and am certainly going to read the next collected volume.
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