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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 5: Lonely City

(Transmetropolitan (Collected Editions) #5)

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SC, TPB, in cello, New, Written by Warren Ellis. Art by Darick Robertson. Published in June of 2001. Softcover, 144 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $14.99.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Vertigo
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Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ladies and Gentlemen, We are back in Black!

After the events of the fourth volume, Warren Ellis opens this installment with a great stand alone chapter featuring a very interesting interview.... of Spider himself. He contemplates about death, life, the concept of the fair game, and finally ties it all up to the main story arc beautifully.

The next two chapters are also stand alone in their own term, one featuring random rants of Spider and another featuring Spider and Co's unethical boundless inve
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
That's better. After volume four's loss of energy, this is back to the same peak. And it's probably because Ellis gave Spider an actual target: police brutality and corruption. How horribly topical, more than a decade later. I was surprised, after an appropriately manic beginning, how disturbing, even frightening, this story became. I don't know if this means the book is going to be taking a slightly more serious turn going forward, but it kind of looks that way. I'm not sure yet if that's a goo ...more
Sam Quixote
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Beast has been replaced in office by the Smiler, a far more sinister President with plans to obliterate the man who pursued and mocked him throughout the election, Spider Jerusalem. Following a Senator's sex scandal leads Spider and his filthy assistants, Yellena and Channon, to massive corruption within the police force of the city where a hate crime has been essentially buried. But when Spider raises his hackles on the police, he finds that he's walked into a bloody trap...

This book takes
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Wow. I love righteous fury. Ellis does it like no one else. I also love the poetic beauty he uses to describe the city and his relationship with it. The duality of filth disgust and garbage versus the positivity of energy, discovery and people. At first I found it a bit wordy...but it arts up the second act perfectly...

The Smiler has come to power, Spider vowing to take him the midst of this, a brutal hate crime takes place, outraging Spider to nearly boiling point. The response of the
This volume has a few standalone stories at the beginning and then a 3-part story centering on police brutality that I assume is leading into the next volume. As always the story has to balance the absolutely depressing fact that all these issues are more of a problem than ever today with funny moments that will keep you going. I think this volume did that pretty well because Yelena and Channon were featured pretty prominently and I love whenever they are around because Spider can be a bit much ...more
Jedi JC Daquis
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Do not binge-read Transmetropolitan. Try to alternate some socially-accepted books before going back and picking up a volume of Spider Jerusalem's fight against the corrupted authorities. You'd get tired of the city, its filth, its stories. Same old ugliness, same old crap.

Lonely City felt like a filler volume at first, a confined story that Spider Jerusalem must write in his column. But hell escalated quickly at the middle part of the book and damn, from all the craziness I have experienced wit
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shit. For me, living in Russia, stories about police brutality and killings of peaceful protesters and civilians, and about the government controlling the press, they just strike a little too close to home. I guess, for US it should be the same. This volume was really sad.
Ugh, I actually love this comc book a lot now. So glad I decided to give it another go after my first, disappointing attempt at reading volume 1.
This trade also contains issue #25 "Here to Go", the first one in the trade. It wa
Benoit Lelièvre
Every time I feel like Transmetropolitan doesn't know what to talk about anymore, it comes out the left field with the greatest storylines. Spider Jerusalem finds fun and creative ways of getting into trouble with the law as he investigates a brutal murder the police seems oddly disinterested in. What ensues has nothing to envy to the great conspiracy theory novels, yet keeps the fun, edgy and oh-so-pertinent edge that makes Spider jerusalum who he is. One of the best, if not the best volume yet ...more
Juho Pohjalainen
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like Spider. He's a fucking asshole, but a good person underneath it all, always seeking to do the right thing no matter what it takes or how much it hurts him - and more to the point, bloody entertaining with what he does.
Aug 19, 2015 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
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series has felt very familiar in terms of present day political and social climates but it has really hit the nail on the head in this volume. It hits so close to home it was almost difficult to read.

I did like how the assistants and Spider became vigilantes/superheroes because they sought out and told the truth. It made me happy. Now I am just concerned about their well being...
Sue Smith
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another episode that follows the words of truth written by journalist extraordinaire Spider Jerusalem as he navigates the murky waters of politics and big city antics. This one follows on the heels of the last installment that saw a change of political faces. The new man in power is shifter than the last but puts up a much better mask and is much more slippery. So much so that he knows how to play the political game that may see our hero caught in his own trap.

The graphic novel is at it's best w
J.M. Hushour
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With the Smiler in the White House, Spider Jerusalem, journalist and psycho extraordinaire demands that politicians show him their penises.
Yes, that's right. He and his filthy assistants chase down local office-holders demanding to see their penises.
Thus, begins the real meat of Transmet, Jerusalem's real crusade for the truth, the complete out-fuckery of politics and media as it stands. Nothing is safe. The entire police force can be turned out to destroy him, and Jerusalem soldiers on, exposin
Friz Allen
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
finally. i read the first three volumes of Trans out of order (1, 3, 2), but now i'm back on track. Volume Three, Year of the Bastard, was amazing and Volume 5, Lonely City, is the follow up i was waiting for. no disrespect to Volume 4 cause it contextualized important details that get expanded upon in V5. the parallels to the state of Journalism and Police are uncanny. unbelievable that this series was written 20 years ago. can't wait to continue.
C. Varn
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic but has aged unevenly

Ellis has a gift for cynical characters, gonzo paranoia, and world building. This, however, does seem to have a retro-future feel from the end of 90s to the early aughts as much as it speaks to now. Spyder having a fully developed team does help cut against some of the revenge fantasy element of the work. Classic but has aged unevenly.
Julien V
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp-trash, comics
Discovery of the year! It's not "edgy", it's (insert superlatives) outrageous. Transmetropolitan makes Family Guy look like Sesame Street. Spider Jerusalem might be an asshole, but he fights the right battles: corruption, police brutality, xenophobia, you name it. Highly entertaining.
'kris Pung
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Damn in the last book the Smiler is reveled to be the twisted evil f@ck we all thought he was and then there is absolutely zero about him in this book WTH. Dear Mr. Ellis, please stop being a giant dick tease.
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome and nasty, and that is exactly the combination I wanted. Also this book is a bit more clear again about what it wants to tell us, the reader, philosophically
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spider Jerusalem's web appears to be falling apart. Hi octane living, riots in the streets, death and betrayal is everywhere......
Wow! Shits about to go down!
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Life sucks, then you die."

The fifth Transmetropolitan collection is a bit of a hodgepodge. This volume certainly is not as strong as the first first four volumes. Without the Presidential election the series loses a bit of steam. But digging into these six issues reveals some truly startling insights into the role journalism plays in our society. Many of the topics covered in these six issues are even more relavent today, including the hostile relationship between police and minority citizens a
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
Transmetropolitan has never been an especially smart comic. But as far as world-building goes, it most certainly has its charms (cryogenic-induced PTSD, cured-cancer-equals-tobacco-proliferation, low-key cannibalism...). Unfortunately, Lonely City—i.e., Transmet #5—finds Warren Ellis retreading past terrain. The reader is again confronted with police brutality and political corruption. Spider Jerusalem again antagonizes the baddies through a particular combination of violence and brooding which, ...more
Wade Alexander
Half fillers issues and half a 3 issue arc. This book covers the beginnings of police corruption/brutality(like the first volume). The jump in this is the effects felt by the election in it's final pages.

Not my favourite volume but still a good read.
Feb 19, 2018 added it
Shelves: comic-books, 2018
The most anger-inducing in the series yet.
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I really have to pat Warren Ellis on the back, because boy has this re-read of “Transmetropolitan” felt so relevant and timeless. I’m now halfway through the volumes, and every time I pick one up I say to myself “Boy, this sure feels like the stuff that’s going on in today’s world of politics and government.” The journey of Spider, Channon, and Yelena continues to be absurd and over the top in a lot of ways, be it the cyber punk setting or the var
Spider’s back, baby! With summer’s return, the gloom that had settled on our favourite journalist has lifted. The sun’s rays fire him up, allowing him to do what he does best: righteous indignation. We meet him as he’s in the midst of an extended monologue, and already Ellis’ writing proves miles better than anything he showcased in the previous volume. Spider’s love-hate relationship with the planet and its inhabitants is delivered with verve and humour, followed by a light dose of philosophy t ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
What is The City? (capital letters deliberate). At one level it is a steroidal jacked-up and cocaine filled hyped-up version of New York (this has not been 100% clear in previous volumes but you can clearly see the Chrysler Building in one panel). You look more deeply though and The City is a microcosm of all that is both good and bad in the world, and in humanity in particular.

I mention this fact because The City is a character in its own right in so many stories, and many of the things that h
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Again, for the fifth time this story exceeds my expectations and takes me places that are disturbing, dangerous and downright mean.
And I loved every second of it!
Spider and his "filthy assistants" go deep into the murder of a street guy by a neo-nazi cult. These sexgangers as they are called kick a young man to death and videotape it. It is connected to some higher up people and so the police suppress the data and cover up as much as they can. Spider and crew dig even deeper into this nonsense
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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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