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4.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,848 ratings  ·  88 reviews
On a quest for well written comics, I was turned on to this series and never looked back. Imagine Hunter S. Thompson finding a time machine and traveling to future and you have Transmetropolitan.

Originally released as a 60-issue miniseries, since collected in a 10-volume series of trade paperbacks.
Comic, 1680 pages
Published 2007 by Vertigo
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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
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, comics
my favourite cover from the series:

I've been reading this on and off for the past year. I've had my issues with Spider Jerusalem and his penchant for violence, f-bombs and self-indulgement, but when he lays his soul bare in his editorials, it's hard to disagree with his tough love for the Big City and its exotic population of drifters, drug addicts, pimps and dreamers. Plus, I often wish, while I'm watching the current political circus in my country and in the world in general, that I could get
M.E. Kinkade
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Transmetropolitan is a comic book, and anyone remotely interested in dystopias needs to immediately stop what she is doing, go buy all these books, and read them before continuing with life. Yes, it's that good.

This is a review for ALL 10 collected volumes. I'm going to write the review in the style of the comics, so if you're ridiculously sensitive to explicit language, you'd better stop reading now. (But it's really your loss.)

To say Spider Jerusalem is a muckraking journalist is to put it lig
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This series got me through one of the darker periods of my young-adulthood. I remember continually insisting to myself that it wasn't all that great while I read it, even as I compulsively scooped up the trades from Forbidden Planet with a speed and fervor that I've never matched since in all my years of reading comics. And I absolutely do not most closely identify with a character named Spider freaking Jerusalem, who wears mismatched sunglasses and is covered with cheesy tribal tattoos to show ...more
Nenad Vukusic
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you were ever pissed of by your local politician, useless and socially insensitive government, unjust justice system and all of the other terrible post-neo-liberal-capitalism paradoxes that are going to be the end of human race, if you ever wanted to climb on top of a soap box and just hurl obscenities, judgement and truth as loud as you can into the face of inert crowds hoping something would change, pick up this book. You will love it from the first page to the last, as it is an exercise in ...more
Michael Alexander
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the grimiest, filthiest, foulest, most disgusting, and absolutely brilliant pieces of political commentary. Absolutely fantastic series that deserves to be read now more than ever.
Nathaniel Mathews
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, graphic-novel
Transmetropolitan is, in short, singularly fantastic. It has completely and (almost) single-handedly changed the way I think about graphic novels. Warren Ellis ought be placed on the same pedestal as Alan Moore. In fact, build him a new pedestal.
I cannot spoil the end for you, but I will say that it is a fitting end for the series. I really cannot recommend this highly enough -- both for those of you who are Graphic Novel Regulars, and those who have never before picked one up because they're, "
Brian Delaney
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Spider Jerusalen is the badass Hunter S. Thompson of the future, and he totally derails another American presidential election on superdrugs. It's got everything!
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think I'd enjoy this because I've never been drawn to Hunter S. Thompson's work from which Transmetropolitan takes its character and style cues. Not only did I appreciate the perspective and characters, but the commentary feels even more appropriate now than for the time it was written 15-20 years ago.
Friz Allen
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
hands down, one of the best series, graphic or not, i've ever read. creative, zany, obnoxious, vile and downright accurate ideals/details that parallel QUITE WELL to the times we live in now. fucking hats off.
M.P. Fitzgerald
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Transmetropolitan is Warren Ellis at his absolute best. Gonzo Journalism meets the technological singularity with a dash of conspiracy. Read each comic cover to cover in a blistering speed. 100% recommend!
Fjola Sula
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Amazing, the transhumanist themes and styles were an amazing backdrop to some truly important modern political statements.
Tales of Human Waste 2
Back on the Street 4
Lust for Life 5
Year of the Bastard 3
The New Scum 2
Lonely City 3
Gouge Away 3
Dirge 4
Spider's Thrash 4
The Cure 4
One More Time 5
Alexander Weber
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this so long ago. I can't remember if it was amazing or only ok.
So as expected I finished the last volumes of this series very quickly. Now I have had some time to think and I know why I like this series so much: it reminds me of myself and how I cope with my studies (and life in general). With this I do not mean coping in a practical sense that the study load is too much, because that has always been manageable. I mean in a psychological way because of the subjects my studies touch upon.

My study is 'international development studies' meaning I learn a lot
Timothy Ferguson
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Transmetropolitan is a graphic novel series about a gonzo journalist in a future society not so much dystopian as utterly disinterested in social advancement. It reminds me most of the society in search of continual distraction seen in Brave New World, except there’s no attempt at conformity. Instead there’s so much as raging personal satisfaction that individuals become impotent. The lead character, Spider, is one of the few investigative journalists left: the media is dominated by people who m ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been on twitter for quite some time. I get to hear and see a lot of weird to interesting buggers. Generally everybody ends up cussing either decently or openly. That is the level of frustration with the political and babu class.

But again there is a difference. There are some people who cuss in such a manner that you feel like laughing with them, there are some, who when they cuss it really pisses you off. You feel like kicking them in their face.

Why am i talking about cussing and what ha
This series seems to parallel another character and future dystopian time, Tank Girl in attitude, but also brought to mind Steppenwolf, the lone wolf mentality (which I'm reading at the same time) that Jerusalem inhabits so well.

In any case, this future Earth is interesting with it's strange new fad fashions including human half alien people who need their own diets due to their strange operation. The new America is getting more garbage-ridden (human and
David Mcangus
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
My feelings on this comic have jumped all over the place. On one hand, I enjoyed and respected what it was trying to do and I would guess Warren Ellis enjoyed writing it, at least in the beginning. This is largely because the comic touches on many of the grievances us, counter culture (or plain wierdo) types may have when after spending any amount of time in society. In this regard it's gratifying to sit in the choir and nod along to everything that's being said. This was particularly powerful f ...more
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just finished a re-read through one of the series that first got me hooked on the form of comics/graphic novels. Oh man. I cannot believe how well it holds up, as it succeeds on so many different levels that it's hard to name them all. Just an incredible narrative, amazing characters, so fully realized. The message isn't even slightly veiled, as a reader, you are punched in the face with the importance of truth and integrity to your own personal moral compass. But that's OK! Because when you go ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
who will win: a city so destabilised and alienated from history no one knows what year it is and so rampant with corruption and apathy truth has no value or meaning, vs. a found family of angry revolutionaries led by a messianic gonzo journalist determined to uncover and share the truth at any cost
Kevin Grubb
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Beautiful, well constructed, and as subtle as a sledgehammer. The art and vision of the future is something to behold, but the story itself feels to shallow in spite of the setting. Image a world so full of life and bizarre possibility, only to be told a story that feels almost entirely black-and-white. Despite Ellis' best efforts to create a deep character, Jerusalem and his allies of "filthy assistants" always seem like they're doing the right thing. Their allegiances, unambiguous. Normally, t ...more
Adam Smith
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is my review for the entire volume of work that is Transmetropolitan. I really wanted to give this five stars, but there were some definite flaws that prevented me from doing so. Let me start out with what I liked. I loved the social commentary; it was spot on and has gotten even more "real" as the years have gone on. This was written in the 90s, yet is still very spot on with American society and its needs for constant external stimuli. The story itself is amazing and for as much of a bast ...more
Aug 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: post-college
This is a filthy book that is disgusted by itself. It depicts a society that has gone off the rails to an almost comical degree, yet which is disturbingly familiar in many ways, and the protagonist, Spider Jerusalem, is a journalist who is hellbent on revealing to it's inhabitants just how far gone they are.

I know that Warren Ellis has no time for the Bible or Christianity, but in many ways, Jerusalem's rantings are reminiscent of the Old Testament prophets. His disgust for the lies that the peo
Alex Southgate
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of my favourite graphic series out there. It's a clever, brash, satire on American politics and probably the world in general and well worth reading.

Spider Jerusalem is a really lovable anti-hero, who apart from being foul mouthed, arrogant and possibly even mildly psychotic has a very genuine caring side to his nature. The lengths to which he will go to prove a point are often at the very least extreme and many of the situations he finds himself in are out right hilarious.

Scott Parker
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Transmetropolitan explores a future where self-centered consumerism has become the norm, and where everything and nothing are simultaneously sacred. Our tour of this world is through Spider Jerusalem, clearly an imagining of Hunter S. Thompson if his liver was surgically enhanced to withstand far more punishment than Thompson was ever able to dish out.

Like all good sci-fi, this series is very much about our modern world and the frustrations Warren Ellis has with it. At times, all notion of plot
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Having read this far, I can safely say two things: 1) our anti-hero is the angry, drug addicted, explosive kind of personality that I would avoid at all costs in reality, and 2) the artwork and writing combines to a glorious tale-twisting explosion, making it both unpredictable, even to those used to story twists. Only thing is that it's the same kind of anti-establishment enthusiasm that sounds good, but often doesn't pan out well (Occupy protests, anyone?) so it's become hard for me to muster ...more
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love letter to Hunter S Thompson, drawn on the backdrop of dystopian future. One thing that really stuck out for me in Transmetropolitan is that the exact date isn't known. It just kind of atrophied with the rest of society. It's a dirty, nasty, bloody story in a hellish American wasteland of dirty politics and consumerism. The perfect playground for a gonzo journalist. If you weren't looking closely, you might mistake Transmetropolitan as exploitation of the genre. But despite the content, the ...more
Carlos Brás
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"My name's Spider Jerusalem. I am the most beloved man in this City. I am a journalist. I write a column for a newspaper called THE WORD entitled I HATE IT HERE. Because I do. I hate it and I hate you. And you love me for it. That's the way it works. And if you argue with the way it works, I'll kick off the top of your head and shit on your living brain. And you will love me for it." - SJ

Transmet is a classic. Is one of the best comics that came out of Warren Ellis head. It's set in a really cra
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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, as well as the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR. His newest book is the novella NORMAL, from FSG Originals, listed as one of Amazon’s Best 100 Books Of 2016.


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