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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 2: Lust for Life

(Transmetropolitan (Collected Editions) #2)

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4.34  ·  Rating details ·  16,548 ratings  ·  352 reviews
Outlaw journalist Spider Jerusalem has become a household name in the future City he calls home. This latest collection of twisted tales showcases Spider's horrific yet funny screeds on subjects as diverse as religion, politics, and his ex-wife's cryogenically frozen head (which has been stolen). "Transmetropolitan" has been called "brilliant future-shock commentary" (Spin ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Vertigo (first published January 1st 1999)
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Patrick
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing


This might surprise some people, but dark and angry as his work often is, I think of Ellis as a very hopeful writer. So often his work seems to say, "Look at this. Look how awful this is. Look how shitty people can be. We can do better than this. We're all better than this."
Sr3yas
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The adventures of our unorthodox Journalist continues!

Spider Jerusalem is a certified douchebag. But like every celebrity douchebags, he is also a huge hit. Everybody loves his gloriously controversial column "I hate it here": A Column which spider uses to tear a new one for some unlucky sap or a corporation. So yea, he had made some enemies. But that's the life of a journalist.

But today, Some of his enemies are going to fight back.

Remember Channon? Spider's Assistant. The first chapter kicks
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Jan Philipzig
This second volume delivers some of the most memorable short stories of the series (feat. nanotech consciousness downloads; human culture reservations; people awaking from cryogenic freezing to a hostile future: “Fuck off back to your freezers!”), as Ellis and Robertson are firing on all cylinders. It may not be perfect, but it’s the kind of wild ride that doesn’t have to be. The one thing that actually bothers me is the story’s underlying macho ethos: “How do you know I can’t kill you by starin ...more
Sesana
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like the first collection, the second volume of Transmetropolitan is imaginative and acerbic, often funny, often bitter, sometimes brilliant. There's an amazing story tucked in the middle about a woman who's been awakened from cry-freeze into a world that could care less about her that's astonishingly moving, fully imagined, and simply one of the best things I can ever recall reading by Ellis. This volume would be worth reading for that one story alone, and it's absolutely the high point.

The re
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Sam Quixote
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second volume is where we really see the series find its feet and we launch fully into the weird and wonderful world of Spider Jerusalem's with a tale about humans wanting to turn into sentient gas clouds, the harrowing story of the cryogenically unfrozen, synthetic reservations where you could choose to live in a past civilisation, and finally a three part story of Spider's ex-wife's revenge.

All of the stories have the verbal acrobatics and freewheeling genius level writing of Warren Ellis
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Robert Beveridge
Feb 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Warren Ellis, Transmetropolitan: Lust for Life (DC, 1998)

The great thing about Transmetropolitan is that Warren Ellis seems to remember something that no satirist since Mark Twain has gotten right; while the heart of any satire is soaked in acid, the surface is supposed to be funny. It's not satire if it doesn't make us laugh at it (the humorless bastards who can't find anything funny in “A Modest Proposal” notwithstanding). And while Transmetropolitan mirrors most modern satire in that the hear
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James DeSantis
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Story: This volume actually gives us a lot of world building. Spider takes his assistant to her boyfriends download. Which basically means his body burns up and his soul is downloaded into the world of the internet or computer. Then we have a hit out on Spider! That's right. Someone didn't like what he wrote about them. Not only that but you have the dog police force after him. One individual dog is really pissed with Spider for having his balls cut off. Yep. You read that right.

Art: Love it. Ev
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Devann
Definitely a very interesting series. This volume fills us in a little bit more Spider's past and some of it is soooo not good. He's a hard guy to like sometimes but I think that so far Ellis is doing a pretty good job of walking the line between edgy asshole and guy who is trying to do the 'right' thing [at least as he sees it]. I think mostly he just has problems visualizing future consequences for anyone who is not himself [and sometimes even for himself].

Favorite panel:



I mean on the one hand
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Irena
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unlike with other comics, I've decided not to read this one at all unless I've got a real copy of it in my hands.

I loved it from the very start and I'm still fascinated by it, despite its often too disgusting depictions of horrible things. Basically, it explores various ideas of our future. Obviously we'd have progressed in technology and medicine, allowing us to live longer and to alter our physique to our likings. We got a good saying in Bosnia going: "once you have the finger, you want the w
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Benoit Lelièvre
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was afraid to be let down by volume two, but I was agreeably surprised to find a completely different angle on Spider Jerusalem and his own brand of social criticism. LUST FOR LIFE is more character oriented, but it's also going deeper into how the City is affecting him and driving him to great streaks of chaos and violence. LUST FOR LIFE is about humans going insane trying to find their rightful place in a world that they've driven off the rails and the embodiment of intellectual integrity th ...more
Melki
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
I'm not sure why the first 69 pages of this volume were essentially a recap of volume one, but . . . whatever. Plenty of good and crazy times to be had in this one. I can't even begin to imagine what's next.
Jedi JC Daquis
Sep 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Warren Ellis has so much talent in him. Volume two felt like he could have been an effective journalist as well, a crazy one for that matter.

Volume two fleshes out some more about Spider Jerusalem, the past that still haunts him today with a bodiless wife, a headless kid and one woman and a talking police mutt whose lives he has messed up before.

Lust for Life did a bit a meandering before it actually develops into a cohesive story, though it does it well with the benefit of spanning for more iss
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Wreade1872
Everything i remember of this series (apart from the Smiler stuff) seems to be from this volume. It has so much to say, the issues about the culture reserves, downloading, religion, tv, cryo-stasis, all really interesting but the episodic nature was only leaving it on a 4.5.
Until the last story... (despite disliking the way that last issue was edited), learning just how much of an ass Spider can be was enough to push it to 5.
James DeSantis
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Story: This volume actually gives us a lot of world building. Spider takes his assistant to her boyfriends download. Which basically means his body burns up and his soul is downloaded into the world of the internet or computer. Then we have a hit out on Spider! That's right. Someone didn't like what he wrote about them. Not only that but you have the dog police force after him. One individual dog is really pissed with Spider for having his balls cut off. Yep. You read that right.

Art: Love it. E
...more
Caitlin
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this second volume, we get a bit of Spider's history, go through a wild roller coaster of a ride with his new assistant and see more of his incredible talent for pissing people off.

I believe it's the longest volume in the series and it's easy to see why. This volume does a great job giving you an idea of the kind of person that Spider is and it isn't always pretty. There's a dark side to a man who won't let a story go once he's gotten ahold of it and Ellis isn't afraid to show you every shad
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Shannon
So in this volume Spider Jerusalem manages to not come across as such a jerk probably because he tries to help his assistant come to terms with losing a boyfriend and more importantly because several people are trying to kill him. Oh he also crashes and burns with some women, too. Some of the ideas within are intriguing even if not fully detailed yet: fogletting (your life essence is put into a nanobot cloud), cryogenic preservation (with a focus on 20th century types awakened and in for a major ...more
Gavin
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I liked the first half of Vol 2 more than the second. It was very imaginative stories, such as a man being turned into a tiny cloud of nanobots, a woman coming back from cryogenic freezing to find out she's unwanted and alone (this is my favourite piece of the book, and one of the most powerful ones Ellis has written in my opinion), Spider Jerusalem visiting 'reservations' where people live as though they were in other native cultures, as a way to preserve them for eternity.
It sure is a lot to t
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Sam Carpenter
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's not much I can say about this. I'm rereading it for the first time in about 8 years, I'll be reading all 9 (10?) collections and I imagine I'll feel the same as I did the first time, it's one of the most insightful, impressive, damming, polemic critiques of modern society you'll read. Just because it is in comic book form doesn't make it any less a work of art and insight on the level of Catch 22 or 1984 or any other great work of satire and commentary. And in the days of the Orange Chee ...more
Doc.
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the eternally discontent
Recommended to Doc. by: Arjun
Ellis calls this volume ‘Lust for Life’, but it ought to be titled ‘Lust for a Different Life’, because that’s precisely what his characters do in this book... They hanker for the past or they yearn for the future. Even in a world of infinite possibilities and near-interminable life spans, no one is content. Can anyone ever be? Ellis doesn’t think so. His world is vast, varied and vibrant, yet everyone feels trapped in a reality that they wish would just end already.

SPOILERS

There’s the man who g
...more
Sam Quixote
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This second volume is where we really see the series find its feet and we launch fully into the weird and wonderful world of Spider Jerusalem's with a tale about humans wanting to turn into sentient gas clouds, the harrowing story of the cryogenically unfrozen, synthetic reservations where you could choose to live in a past civilisation, and finally a three part story of Spider's ex-wife's revenge.

All of the stories have the verbal acrobatics and freewheeling genius level writing of Warren Ellis
...more
Otherwyrld
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Volume 2 was a bit of a mixed bag for me to be honest. First of all there were three beautifully written standalone stories that really got to the heart of what is must be like to live in The City. The story of a cryogenically frozen woman who is revived into a future that has obliged itself to revive her but neither likes or wants her was particularly poignant. Our protagonist and main POV character Spider Jerusalem comes across really well in these stories. He may be a generally nasty piece of ...more
Lindsay
No one explores a f*cked up future like Warren Ellis. I love his unique brand of dark humour, colourful observation and his terrifying visions of the future.

Humanity has sunk to depths of squalor and depravity beyond today's wildest nightmares, large ethically dubious corporations run the world, and post-nuclear-apocalypse man is a variegated race of mutants (to one extent of another) who are slaves to their baser instincts in a world where anything goes and anything can be bought, if you have
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Justin
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Off-the-wall, inane, and at times completely immature, but always fun. Within the hyper-gonzo ramblings of anti-just-about-everything-but-the-truth journalist, Spider Jerusalem, lie powerful social critiques that leave very few unscathed. When it comes to Transmetropolitan, Warren Ellis' modus operandi can be described quite well by a single line from "Wild in the Country." While visiting the Farsight Community, an otherworldly reservation for "a culture yet to happen," Jerusalem finds that the ...more
Travis Duke
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spider is back in the city and writing about all the crazy shit society has birthed in the new future. All the stories are single ideas of how screwed up the future could be but slowly work into the larger story arc of Spider. The writing is witty and bombastic but with a sharp edge. In this book Spider deals with downloading the human mind, cryogenic freezing, reservations for cultures, and his ex wife. Its a wild book that even has a pissed off cop dog who is hunting down Spider. It's really i ...more
Adam
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Transmetropolitan's second graphic novel outing is even better than the first. In particular, we get much more detail in the character of Spider Jerusalem, and there's a consistent underlying theme. As a journalist, Spider is a hero. And in order to do this he has to be both incredibly compassionate, and such a megalomaniac that he causes irreparable harm to those around him. This is a really interesting take on the nature of journalism and I found it to be much more compelling than the similarl ...more
Story
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the volume of Transmet that punched me both in the heart and stomach, that pulled me into the series and entrenched it as one of my all-time favorites. Bleak, heartbreaking, hopeful. This is where we get to see the love of humanity Spider tucks away and doesn't show to the masses. This is where we see what drives him.
Daniel
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite Transmetropolitan paperback along with Gouge Away, Lonely City and the New Scum. It's just a wonderful read, and has some of the best stories before the presidential election kicks in and Callahan comes into scene. Ellis shows us in detail some of the more twisted aspects of the City.
Fox
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I wasn't crazy about the final three piece plot, but the rest of them were golden. The artwork is wonderfully detailed, the background ads and intricacies are hilarious, and the character of Spider Jerusalem is one of my favorites now. Hell, even the cat cracks me up.

I can't wait to get my boyfriend to read this series.
Cyndi
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Spider Jerusalem is like a car accident or a house fire. Horrible, yet look you must. The journey continues!
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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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