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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 5: Lonely City

(Transmetropolitan (Collected Editions) #5)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  11,842 ratings  ·  186 reviews
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
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
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
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quinto tomo recopilando del 25 al 30 dejando la serie justo a la mitad. Pasadas las elecciones presidenciales arranca con tres unitarios, el primero introspectivo de Spider que completa algo más el panorama del personaje hablando de su pasado y pareceres, el segundo son 21 páginas unitarias que describen la ciudad como a través de postales. El tercer unitario empieza a endurecer la temática metiendo a un político en una trama de muerte en filmaciones porno, todo llevado al extremo de lo no corre ...more
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
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...
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
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, cyberpunk
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
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
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.
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......
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La cantidad de sentimientos que me genera esta historia mientras la leo: odio, rabia, alegría...
Me dan ganas de comprar un disruptor intestinal y hacer justicia por el mundo.
Feb 19, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2018, comic-books
The most anger-inducing in the series yet.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paidkindle, graphics
The fifth volume of Transmetropolitan series has been my favorite so far, for three reasons, which I am about to list below with - because I am lazy, and at loss with my fabulous reviewing Mojo. My math brain sucks, so it is possible there is more than three reasons, but shit happens, and I also write my stuff on the run, so shit happens even more. Often, a lot of shit.

That said, I binge-read the whole series today, all of the remaining six volumes I had in stock, and I am happy to say it was da
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
Julien V
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, pulp-trash
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.
Filthy, black, crude, and perilously witty.

I fall more and more in love with this series with each volume.

One of the best series out there. Not for people who lack a sense of humour or have an over abundance of prudishness.
'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
The Library Ladies
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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 vario
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
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. 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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