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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 8: Dirge (Transmetropolitan #8)

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Transmetropolitan created by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson.
Paperback, 140 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Vertigo
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Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
It's getting kind of stressful to read this series. Not because it's bad. I'm invested in these characters and I'm getting absorbed in this crazy world. And there's at least one more shoe left to drop. I can feel it. It's made each volume a little harder to pick up, because I know something awful will happen. But I can't stay away, because I need to know what will happen. This is no exception. It's interesting how Ellis can just keep raising the stakes all the time without it feeling like artifi ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un tomo que lee muy rápido, se agregan un par de elementos dramáticos para el inminente final, la confrontación entre Spider y Callahan se recrudece sin importar los sacrificios que amerite. Dos tomos y esto se termina...
Sam Quixote
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Warren Ellis has written the series so far with 3-issue bursts of a linear story with a couple of one shot issues that either expand the world or are side stories to the overall story arc but with “Dirge” he ditches this arrangement and goes straight out for the story arc. A sniper is picking off innocents in the Print District at the same time the police have “blue flu” and decide to call in sick, en masse. Something’s up and Spider’s on the case. If the carnage wreaked by the sniper weren’t en ...more
I hate it here, but I love this series.

Warren Ellis has crafted the outrageous gonzo journalist from sheer hate, cynicism, rage, and good humor. He has infused him with an altruism that is remarkable and relentless, a thirst for justice purely unquenchable, and a righteous wrath that would set any red-blooded human's heart a-pumping. Transmetropolitan is priceless, and truly shocking in the way the cyberpunk series continues to hit home.

With the [ author: H.L. Mencken] quote in Gouge Away Warren
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The parallels between this story and our current political situation are eerily prescient. Ellis is some sort of genius.
Jedi JC Daquis
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finally, something substantial happened in Dirge! after two to three volumes of going almost nothing, Spider Jerusalem and his filthy assistants make a nove against the Smiler, but this volume also shows how powerful their opponent is. Well, that would be obvious since they are going against the president.

Spider's sickness is also taking a toll on him and the doctor said he may not live that long.

This volume gains up some speed, which tells me that the next one would be an awesome one, a head-to
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphics, paidkindle
Dirge is the ultimate kick start to the remaining two volumes in the Transmetropolitan series with its fast pace and with its quick build up to the finale.

The hard gets harder, the going gets tough, the world crumbles under the radar of the ordinary city people, the seeds for the future ending have been planted, and it is time for Mr. Jerusalem to shout out the declaration of war.

The pen shall be mightier than the sword.

Benoit Lelièvre
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series started really strong, but it became kind of a hit-and-miss over time. This one here has a competent overarching plot that ties-in to earlier volumes and actual development that matters in the big picture. It's competent and fun to read, but once again Spider doesn't use the system to make the Smiler's life miserable and we're left with a standard cyberpunk thriller that rides its own reputation. DIRGE is a better volume than SPIDER'S TRASH, but it's still not up to par with the earl ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't have too much to say except that this series continues to excel. I'll probably have a long review about the entire series with the last book, but as of this reading I can just say that this book continues the greatness of the series. Couldn't put it down.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La cosa se va acabando y las piezas se van situando en el tablero para el final, que promete ser apoteósico.
Jan 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphicnovels, adult
Excellent, as usual. One of my favorites of the series. I got a little choked up a couple times - I've become really invested in this story.
Clare Fitzgerald
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Warren Ellis Transmetropolitan, Vol 8: Dirge continues the story of Spider’s attempt to take down the Smiler, and the Smiler’s attempt to thwart Spider at every turn and probably kill him.

Because this book was written 16 years ago but is still depressingly relevant to everything about modern life, the big incident chronicled in this volume is something called a ruinstorm, a gigantic, destructive bomb of wind and water that apparently used to be much more common before they figured out how to
Abhishek Das
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-book-bag
If the last volume of Transmetropolitan set the scene for Spider Jerusalem's endgame with the President of the United States, this volume continues to pile down on our not-so-hapless heroes. On the run, down on their luck, and reporting from the middle of the worst natural disaster to hit the city, Spider and his filthy assistants investigate a Sniper in the middle of the Print District and a disturbing lack of police presence.

Ellis ratchets up the tension in this volume and the brisk pace of th
Vittorio Rainone
Ancora lui, Spider Jerusalem. In questo numero, un maremoto si abbatte sulla città, con nessuno a gestirlo per la contemporanea influenza "blu" di metà dei poliziotti. La conseguente evacuazione del quartiere dei media produce l'infiltrazione di sconosciuti al suo interno e la cancellazione di tutti i dati che Spider aveva in mente di usare contro il sorridente Callahan. Nel mentre, al nostro è diagnosticato un anno di vita per la sua abitudine di drogarsi di notizie, nella fattispecie una droga ...more
Martin Chalupa
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This volume is following the trend from previous ones. It is getting a bit more serious with less crazy dialogs and technological inventions around. It keeps pushing the main story forward. Spider is getting more and more obstacles in his way but hopefully he will overcome them in the last two volumes.
Andrew Huey
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Getting closer to the end of Transmet... This one was a very quick read, largely because of a couple of stretches with very large panels and not much dialog. There are some good moments in here, and some good progression with the overall plot.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
flew through this one surprisingly fast. great twists and turns. we get somewhat of an emotional range from Spider outta Vol. 8. necessary drama build up for the last two volumes, and judging by the thickness of Vol. 10, it's finna be lit.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-shelf, cmx
Ide do tuhého, Zhýralým životom to Spider dospel až k mozgovej degenerativnej poruche, ktorá mu nedáva mnoho času. Času na sundanie Hezouna. A tak začne posledná krízová výprava proti prezidentovi.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sam Quixote
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warren Ellis has written the series so far with 3-issue bursts of a linear story with a couple of one shot issues that either expand the world or are side stories to the overall story arc but with “Dirge” he ditches this arrangement and goes straight out for the story arc. A sniper is picking off innocents in the Print District at the same time the police have “blue flu” and decide to call in sick, en masse. Something’s up and Spider’s on the case. If the carnage wreaked by the sniper weren’t en ...more
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A re-assuring leap in the right direction. Finally we see the clock ticking for Spider as he realizes that things are coming to a head: either he manages to start from scratch and pull enough evidence together to take out Callahan, or he dies trying. Spider finally gives a solemn promise to Callahan himself, in person, that it will be the former. That was all kinds of satisfying. Surely the last two issues will live up to the promise.

As a small note, the psudo-mystery contained in this issue reg
Mar 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's painful to be the, thus far, only rating of this edition, and to give it one star. This truly isn't meant as an antagonistic hate-rating; the book legitimately disappointed me.

In the Dirge arc, Ellis attempts to balloon a series of small ideas into an epic. More mature, sophisticated writers could have condensed this 140+ page story into a handful of pages to much better effect. Frank Miller would have established this minor dystopian vision, replete with renegade journalists and by-the-bo
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I missed reading Volume 7. However, this book begins with a 'ruinstorm' in city. Spider figures something is happening in city alongside, premediated under 'blue flu' operation - where cops don't show up. A blur suit sniper is firing away in the city. In the end,he collapses unable to write his column based on what he found - his assistant Yelena steps in and writes a column under his name just so that his commitment is not delayed. That's as sentimental as you can get from Warren Ellis. ;) Turn ...more
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Previous story arcs contrasted Spider against the noise and chaos of the city, so when he was loud and bombastic it was counterpointed with his bringing the audience insight so his attitude gained relevance. Indoor scenes served as more of a sanctuary, where he recharged his fury as he prepared for battle, and provided for more personal humor and self-reflection and dejection. In this book, the series has gotten back to a traditional narrative progression, but now it’s focused loosely around a m ...more
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
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is perfection, as far as this series goes. I really hope it sustains at this level for the last two installments, because I'd hate for this to've been the crowning moment - especially when everything seems like it can only get even more awesome. For fans of the series, this will make you want to rush out and buy the next two installments without delay - and if you aren't reading the series, how many times do I have to tell you (in the words of Spider himself) to get off your asses and get c ...more
Chelsea Jennings
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This series encompasses all the extremes of human life. It is at times disgusting and perverted, at others tender and inspiring, and all the while hilarious. Especially appropriate for our times, this series follows the work of outlaw journalist Spider Jerusalem, who works to expose corruption in the leaders of government and society. He engages in an ongoing battle against a president who harbors ill will towards humanity, and who systematically attempts to rewrite the constitution, omitting al ...more
Sue Smith
Spider is on a time line. Not your usual journalistic time line - more of a mortal time line that pumps up the adrenaline on the journalistic time lines. There's nothing like bashing the political status quo! Especially when they like to fight back - dirty. But he's up to the challenge, despite a rather grim personal outlook. If anything it will flame his personal zeal!

Great illustrated part done very thoughtfully where he looses consciousness. Always amazes me when those artists come up with sh
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
A more personal and slower paced story this time around this really felt more intimate than any of the other books so far .
Some major (very major) events do happen in the bigger world, but this book focuses more on Spiders health issues and some of the ongoing changes and developments with the Filthy Assistants and how they are all effecting each other even as the war between Spider and the President amps up and starts to spiral out of control.
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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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