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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 3: Year of the Bastard

(Transmetropolitan (Collected Editions) #3)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  14,691 ratings  ·  275 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.

In this third volume, Spider Jerusalem begins to crumble under the pressure of sudden and unwanted f
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Vertigo
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Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the first two bizarre volumes, I didn't expect the story to get crazier. There gotta be a limit, right?

I was wrong. So very wrong!

(I feel like Warren Ellis is talking directly to his readers here!)

It's the election year! Don't forget to vote!

This volume features a single spectacular story arc and it's all about politics this time. Spider hates the current president. Well, he hates everyone and everything, but he truly dislikes Mr.President. And the opposition is a new guy. Spi
Wouldn't it be nice is slightly insane dystopian writers stopped being so prescient?
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The first two volumes of Transmetropolitan were practically anthologies, singular stories meant to showcase Spider and his deeply imaginative world. This is something else entirely, a complete, connected story, one that hasn't quite finished even as the volume closes.

It's all about politics, the perfect subject if you want to get good and enraged. And since that's where Spider lives, it makes perfect sense to do a story revolving around politics. And it's every bit as cutting and bitter and ang
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I've waited an entire YEAR for this! Finished Vol. 2 Sept 20 2013, waited for the library to send Vol. 3, and lo and behold...they were not doing so...then they didn't have a copy left, so I asked them to replace/order a new one...then they did...and it still took 3-4 months to come in and then to make it's way into my hot little has been an ordeal.

I was so excited to read this!


I'm happy to report, it was worth the wait.

Spider is forced to cover the upcoming election; something he is
If I were to ever have doubts as to the worthiness of comics as a medium for social critique or dissenting opinions, they would all be washed away by this volume of Warren Ellis' masterwork, Transmetropolitan. Within these slim and splendidly decorated pages lie some of the most biting and harsh political and social truths ever uttered, words so wonderfully free of restraint and so incendiary that, were they not shielded by the disregard most high minds have for comics, Ellis would likely be rem ...more
Jedi JC Daquis
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
You both love and hate Spider Jerusalem. On certain pages he is wild, doped as hell, crazy and all kinds of superlatives that is related with the word mad you can think of. On other pages (and there's only a very few of them, he is relevant, genuinely concerned about the welfare of others, a person who desperately calls for a change and a voice of the "new scum".

Year of the Bastard covers Spider Jerusalem's coverage on the presidential campaign. This volume I can say is eerily timely. People are
Sam Quixote
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Up until now "Transmetropolitan" didn't really have a story and followed Spider Jerusalem from one bizarre story to the next but in "Year of the Bastard" a story arc that will continue for much of this series begins - the election of the President, the Beast vs the Smiler.

The Smiler is this great character who is the most superficial person alive and underneath the surface is one of the most terrifyingly blackest souls who ever lived. He's a brilliant target for the fearless Spider to latch onto
Benoit Lelièvre
This was thoroughly enjoyable: a superhero story for grown ups who came to terms with the fact that super powers don't exist. In this storyline, Spider Jerusalem is covering the presidential campaign and making new enemies along the way. This is the cohesive, caustic and thoroughly focused narrative I thought TRANSMETROPOLITAN has the power to be, exposing the inner workings of a political campaign and the capital importance of public opinion for politicians. This is a futuristic series about th ...more
The first two volumes of this series were good but I feel like this one really just took it to the next level. Or maybe it's just that I'm reading it now when all of this is sadly even more relevant than ever.

[looks into the camera like i'm on the fucking office]

Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
During election years, this should be required reading for every American over the age of 16. That is all.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Year of the Bastard: that's what I'm calling 2017 from now on.
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Political Animals
This volume is a deftly handled departure from the formula (or lack thereof) of the first two books. Whereas the two previous instalments contain loosely connected snapshots of this dystopian world, this book tells a single coherent story that’s likely to become a focal point. Well... about as coherent as you can expect from our drug-addled protagonist, Spider Jerusalem.

In one of the chapters of the first book, Warren Ellis took on the politics that further ostracises minorities, cramming them i
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this and now we are into new comics that I never got this far into when I lost my collection. This one is all politics, and the new presidential candidate becomes the focus of Spider Jerusalem's affection and respect to begin with and then turns into his bitter enemy. The Beast, also known as the current President simply must be beaten, and yet Spider hates the new guy trying to get the job. He goes on a drug induced rampage and writes his heart out before he switches gears when be ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
There were a couple of times when I had to double check that the date of this story was 1998 and not 2016. Put simply, Spider Jerusalem covers the US Presidential election and manages to make it only slightly less surreal than our current reality.

Along the way the author, speaking via Spider quite rightly excoriates the voting public for their apathy, their willful ignorance, and their willingness to shaft everyone (including it seems themselves) if it screws everyone else. I wish I had a way to
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Although the third volume of Transmetropolitan came out nearly twenty years ago and is an outlandish piece of science fiction, it’s story of the corruption and madness of a presidential election cycle feels a little too accurate. Right down to a lying, racist leading opposition candidate.
“And I’ve only begun fucking with you people.” –Spider Jerusalem

The first two volumes got readers acquainted with Spider Jerusalem and the city that he loves to hate. The stories were primarily single or double issues with the overall narrative running in the background. Volume three gives us a story over six issues, "Year of the Bastard."

The presidential election is coming up, and the Opposition Party convention is in town. Spider is assigned to cover it. Two candidates figure prominently, and Spider wants to know if either is capable of taking down the cur
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I blame Warren Ellis for every fucked up thought in my head and the entirety of my Twitter stream. Reading Transmet is like getting repeatedly kicked in the nuts. Your brains nuts. This make brain mad. Make brain write things not normally write. Or at least with vastly increased frequency.

In fact, that's my pitch for Trasnmotropolitan (and Warren Ellis in general): Think weirder shit, faster!
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll always love the nasty, trashy, completely psycho characters in this series. If you're a wholesome type person, please avoid. It is a very politically orientated graphic novel with situations in which you could never think of yourself.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This nearly 20-year-old comic is surprisingly relevant to what's happening in politics today...
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When we left of in “Transmetropolitan”, things got a bit existential and a bit off track of the main plot. That isn’t to say that I didn’t appreciate the stories that we got in “Transmetropolitan: Lust for Life”. I actually really did enjoy them for what they were and what purpose they served. I liked learning more about the world that this series takes place in, and the limits and limitlessness that society lives with. But I’ll be honest, I was stoke
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Book Info: This collection contains Transmetropolitan issue #13-18.

ABSOLUTE RATING: {3/5 stars}


The fact that this series is still teetering so closely to that 3-star mark is not such a great sign, at this point. Fortunately, Ellis seems to finally have settled on a clear direction for the series – evidenced by the fact that he stuck to a singular cohesive arc for the entire volume. And for that reason alone, this had every reason to be better than volume one.
Sam Quixote
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Up until now "Transmetropolitan" didn't really have a story and followed Spider Jerusalem from one bizarre story to the next but in "Year of the Bastard" a story arc that will continue for much of this series begins - the election of the President, the Beast vs the Smiler.

The Smiler is this great character who is the most superficial person alive and underneath the surface is one of the most terrifyingly blackest souls who ever lived. He's a brilliant target for the fearless Spider to latch onto
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
(Warning, Political content included)

I would love it if every political journalist read this volume. Conservative journalists, because their heads would explode based on the nudity, violence, and cynicism; and Liberal journalists because Spider Jerusalem manages to speak truth to power effectively. Read and learn.

Spider Jerusalem enters political correspondence and makes a splash as he eviscerates both the incumbent "Beast" and the new "Smiler." This is the volume I wanted to read - I couldn't r
J.M. Hushour
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Spider Jerusalem, asshole extraordinaire, hits his stride with this, the real beginning of the series-spanning story arch involving election year in the City and Spider's war on the Beast and the Smiler, the two candidates. Again, there's a lot to love here. Such a foul hero is welcome and relieving, as is the humor. I've gone off on all that shit before, lemme just point up the art here. Robertson is a fine illustrator, but what really gets to one is the amount of sheer, goddamn detail he puts ...more
Keith Jones
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The comic continues to improve; however--I'm not entirely sure how to describe this--I don't really remember anything that happened. He interviewed some people? Maybe? A political party chose a candidate, I think.
C. Varn
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Politics gets interesting

Willie's revenge fantasy on politics seems even more apt now than it did at the time as the spectacle of elections has increased since the 1990s. This is the bread and butter of Ellis's satire.
Eric Mikols
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vertigo
Just an entertaining series that feels more relevant today than ever.
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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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