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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 6: Gouge Away

(Transmetropolitan #6)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  11,503 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
Despite -- or perhaps with the aid of -- drugs, drinking, and paranoia, Spider Jerusalem and his filthy assistants are hot on the trail of the horrifying truth behind the newly-elected President's campaign. Features three stand-alone stories: "Nobody Loves me, "The Walk" and "Dancing in the Here and Now," and also includes the three-part "Gouge Away" storyline.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Vertigo
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Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here I am: Spider Jerusalem, media element, TV celebrity, quotable, that wild and crazy guy who does that controversial muckraking column that no one really reads... lost in mix.

Another face in the crowd.

Spider is having a bad time in his city. His column was silenced by the government once and they are threatening to do so again at the first sign of trouble. On the top of that, Spider is now a well-known celebrity which is not a good thing in this city.

But Mr. President forgot one t
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Things are starting to get really interesting here. Spider goes on the attack, and it costs him his job. Funny thing is, it looks like he couldn't be happier. Watching him go on the attack is pretty satisfying, actually, and seeing the hammer come down doesn't ruin the effect. I sort of feel like the best is yet to come.
Sam Quixote
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spider Jerusalem steps up his campaign of showing the world the truth about President Callahan aka the Smiler, and vindicating the death of Vita Severn. But as he builds his case by going through the list of people involved with Callahan’s election, each of the witnesses is killed off. Worse still, he’s about to lose his job at the Word and become a true outlaw journalist, hitting the road and dodging bullets and the President sets his sights on a bald headed drug addict and his filthy assistant ...more
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paidkindle, graphics
Transmetropolitan is ruining my review page with all the well deserved 5 stars I am throwing at it. It is unnatural, unrealistic for all books to be equal. It is too fiver. I need me a lot of one and two star reads after I am done with to keep the righteous balance.

To be fair, even the sixth volume deserves all the shiny stars, it has been my least favorite compared to the previous volumes. This is actually an odd feeling to have considering that Gouge Away is the one volume that shows the relat
Jedi JC Daquis
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Gouge Away! Spider Jerusalem makes his comeback and starts his revenge path against the highest authority in the country, The Smiler, Callahan. I hate Spider Jerusalem (who does not), but he is doing all the right things in all the wrong ways, so I'm happy for him that he manages to sucker-punch those who have wronged him and especially, Vita Severn.

Just a little reminder though, the dosage of sacrilege in this volume is higher than the previous ones. So I am warning you, Ellis goes almost all t
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sexto tomo que incluye del 31 al 36. Primeras tres historias unitarias, comenzando con una que trata de distintas versiones que circulan en televisión de Spider, ya toda una figura, dibujada por varios artistas muy buenos que le dan al universo Transmetropolitan aire fresco en cuanto a vista. El segundo es más introspectivo y a modo de agenda se relata una caminata por la ciudad. El tercer unitario son las asistentas de Spider se van de gira mientras éste permanece totalmente drogado e ido como ...more
Benoit Lelièvre
At this point, I'm not going to bother you with the plot. If you've made it to Vol.6 you're probably very aware of what Transmetropolitan is about and where it's going. I'm just wondering how Warren Ellis came up with such a pertinent vision for his project. Was our society that bad twenty years ago? It is now, but has it always been? Transmetropolitan has become some kind of ultimate educational tool to me. It is a meaningful object of consumerism, something you naturally gravitate towards, yet ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Qué gozada de historia. Tal vez la palabra "gozada" no sea lo más adecuado ya que hay descripciones con las que se me ha revuelto el estómago. Pero vamos, que es una historia de 10.
It took a while for me to get into this series. It was a bit all over the place, and it took a while for the real plot to go into motion. But when it did- wow! I really love it. It's a very gritty novel, but it reflects society in that way. Society isn't nice or friendly, and while day-to-day life may not be as sordid and bleak as it is in Transmetropolitan, but there are circles that are similar. And society is reflected in this piece.

I can't exactly pinpoint what it is about this edition of Tr
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, vertigo, 5-stars
Payback! Yeahhhh. It was really satisfying seeing all the assholes get what they deserved. Another great volume.
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"I have a cunning plan!"

The sixth Transmetropolitan collection, like the previous volume, is a mixed bag. The main story, "Gouge Away," is a strong investigative reporting tale and nicely ties together the Transmetropolitan, Vol. 5: Lonely City and Transmetropolitan, Vol. 4: The New Scum stories. Spider Jerusalem's talents really get to shine and his articles make a huge impact after the media attempted to defang him with popularity. The other three issues have some highlights but for the mo
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
I have a hard time judging the extent of Transmetropolitan's self-awareness. It idolizes Hunter S. Thompson as the epitome of journalistic prowess; it relegates its female characters to the role of sidekick and/or inamorata; it contains a surprising number of good old fashioned gore-heavy fight scenes for a comic that is ostensibly about political reporting.

The present volume, for instance, finds the series' two least facile female characters, Yelena Rossini and Channon Yarrow (together known as
C. Varn
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ellis captures something of the paranoia of a pre-9/11 late 90s and early aughts here where he really moves Spyder Jerusalem into the main political intrigue of the comic. Damaged from the death of the death of Vita Severn, Jerusalem launches into the President Callahan, "The Smiler." There are still bits of world building here, such as Yellena and Channon day away from Spyder, but mostly this moves the comic forward. Darick Robertson's art gets more madcap and someways richer for its grime.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Spider attacks, gets some revenge and then some. I'd say this is a pretty good set up for the final acts.
One of the things I adore about this series is the pacing. What seemed to be stand-alone stories end up tying into the plots of later issues, there's a brief interlude and then a three part story that sets your heart racing. Warren Ellis strings his readers along the way that one imagines Spider Jerusalem's columns must - it's a rare gift, and a striking one.

The pace continues to pick up, but not so much that the ending is always a cliff-hanger. Characters don't suddenly change, the arcs are sub
Donald Armfield
After Spider finds out the new running president is out to shit on the world. He only has one choice wipe him out. Callahan wins easily and Spider finds out hes part of Vita`s murder.
Second Issue was boring but the last one literally goes out with a BANG!
Next volumes 7-10 (revised)
Gaz Watson
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
this series, for me anyway, has improved greatly since it started. this 6th volume has probably been my favourite so far. Spider's finally become a more coherent character.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-panels
♫ you can gouge away
stay all day
if you want to... ♫
The Library Ladies
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I bet some of you were wondering if I had just given up on “Transmetropolitan”. Well guess what? NOPE!! I just took a break from it because, as much as I love it and have really enjoyed re-reading it, it’s both a bit manic and a bit too real for me at the moment, a theme I’ve noted a few times during my re-read. So I just needed some space from Spider, his Filthy Assistants Channon and Yelena, and the ugly world that they live in.

But I have achieved
Vittorio Rainone
Spider Jerusalem si è accorto di essere sulla via del disinnesco: da reporter scomodo si sta sempre più trasformando in una celebrità, con tutte le banalizzazioni del caso: c'è chi ha sfruttato il suo personaggio per mettere su teatrini televisivi che non avrebbe mai voluto vedere. E' tempo di reagire, è tempo di incazzarsi e soprattutto far davvero incazzare qualche potente. E chi meglio di satana in persona, il nuovo Presidente, il sorridente? Spider è un personaggio a la Ellis da capo a piedi ...more
Andrew Huey
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I started reading through Transmetropolitan last year, but took a break at the half-way point (issue 30). I picked it up again today and read this volume (issues 31-36). It was good to take a break, since I think reading too much Transmet at once is maybe not a good idea.

This volume has three single-issue stories that set the stage for a three-part story that looks like it will change the status quo on the series quite a bit. It all works really well, I think. It feels a little like Ellis is wor
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I’m having a blast. Sometimes all you need is a good old fashioned story about revenge. Things are picking up, the plot is unravelling and the pieces are falling into place. Plot-wise, this volume was perfect. Truth be told, I did not expect to be a fan of the tone of this series, it’s too abrasive, crass and manic just like the protagonist Spider Jerusalem. But he’s written so well, with actual emotions and fears and cares that you just have to root for him. Also the fact that pretty much every ...more
Jared Duran
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This series continues to be scarily relevant--I get chills reading it. The level of investigative journalism is certainly elevated beyond the realm of believability, but the notion of holding those in power to account for their actions is crazy-satisfying. I dare anyone to read this series and not see direct correlation to what's going on right now with the current administration.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s eerie how accurate these books are for today’s political climate. They leave you with a feeling of smug satisfaction and severe emotional distress. In other words: if you haven’t read Transmet yet, now is a great time to dive into it. Highly relatable political sci fi. Vol 6 is one of the weaker volumes, but still holds up nicely.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
There's a lot of call backs to previous stories as Spider starts to fight back against all of the things that have happened to him and those around him since he returned to The City. In some ways this is a much more linear tale once the pieces start to fall into place, but its quite a messy way to get to it. The fallout from this is going to be immense.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This one doesn't hold a candle to the previous volumes. It's just a bit too generic. The whole shtick of Spider being an invincible douchebag is getting old, and the suspense is dying off. The '90s-era vision of the 23rd century is also not holding up too well the more I have to look at it. It's Transmetropolitan, so it's still alright, but this one isn't great.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
yes. just when i thought the series might've capped at Vol. 5, Gouge Away comes through with an epic and wild adventure. the Truth will always prevail, or else Spider Jerusalem will make sure it does.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeps getting better and better. It continually, albeit crudely, reminds the reader why journalists and writer's exist: to challenge power and make sure corruption is found out...even if said writer is corrupt as fuck.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-shelf, cmx
Medializovaný Spider toho má plné zuby. Tak nejak ho odstavili od vážnosti. A preto sa do toho Spider pustí riadne a na plno. Rozbehne poctivú novinárčinu a osvetlí udalosti minulé, na ktoré bolo uvalené embargo. Jeho to ale nezastaví. Zatiaľ časť, ktorá má bavila najviac.
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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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