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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 10: One More Time

(Transmetropolitan (Collected Editions) #10)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  11,015 ratings  ·  236 reviews
The final volume in the saga of outlaw journalist Spider Jerusalem written by comics superstar Warren Ellis.

At last, it’s the final showdown between Spider and the absolutely corrupt President of the United States in this new printing of the finale to the classic dystopian saga from Vertigo.

Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Vertigo
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Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I grow up, I want to be Spider Jerusalem.
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This is it, the end of the road for Transmet, and Callahan, and Spider. Maybe Ellis fooled me, but I had the distinct feeling while reading this that he'd had much of the ending planned from very early on in the series. There are so many little things that come back around to have an impact, large or small. Or maybe he's just really good at juggling details on the fly, I don't know. Callahan's fall was satisfying, even if one element had been done before. I especially loved watching regular back ...more
This is the end of the road, and what a crazy ride it was.Dark, satirical and hilarious, it's one of the best graphic novels I read and now it's over.

Spider you insane bastard I will miss you.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers
Shelves: the-90s

Well, this was a somewhat pointless exercise in nostalgia. Or is that redundant?

In the late 90s, when I was in my early teens, DC's Vertigo imprint was in its halcyon days. Vertigo was to mainstream comics what HBO is to mainstream TV: more complex and sophisticated; there was swearing and graphic content (a Vertigo comic always had that alluring 'suggested for mature readers' note on the cover, which the disaffected clerks at the comic store I went to fortunately took merely as a suggestion); a
Ed Erwin
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf, comics, dystopia

"It remains to be seen whether illicit sex is actually damaging to a president in this day and age." So asks a reporter in this future dystopia written in 2002. Reporting from the real year 2019, now it has been seen: if he is white, male, and a smooth talker, he'll bounce right back.

But this fantasy, at least, has a happy ending. Right after the president says this, "It always works. I always get away with it. I always come back. You don't get it. You're all here for my amusement, that's all. I
Sam Quixote
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Spider and the Smiler meet up for a final "interview" and the fate of Spider and his brain disease is revealed.

Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson end the series in the tone of the books that went before it, with the kind of bravado and knack for compelling storytelling readers have come to expect from this duo and "One More Time" is a fitting end to this brilliant character.

I will say that I felt the showdown with Spider and Smiler, while satisfying, was a bit uninventive in how Spider brings Smi
This series did seem to lose its way a bit in the middle, but the last 3 or so volumes were absolutely amazing and I was very satisfied with the ending in general and also where all the characters specifically ended up. A really great series, although it did take me awhile to get through because of the heavy subject matter. Overall I think it does have a good balance of dealing with political issues and still being comedic, but it's definitely a difficult balance to maintain.
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The tale has come to an end! One more time for the last strike, one last chance to take the president down. Outlaw Spider Jerusalem planted the last seed of controversy in order to take president Callahan down. Troops invade the city and the mass media goes berserk after the new revelation against the president.
People's wrath heats up the streets after the police brutality against a group of students. Consequently, coups grow up between citizens and the system. For that reason, in the middle of
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic finale to a superlative series. Spider Jerusalem is one of the most profound, disturbing and memorable characters ever put to panels.

This series’s total relevance to the “society” of our current existence is not lost on this reader.

Perseverance, insolence and a smidge of wagging the dog are the keys to survival, or so it would seem.

Definitely worth the journey.
Jedi JC Daquis
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review will not go into the political theses that the whole series is shoving into its readers, for it may take a very, very long essay just for me to express how much Transmetropolitan reflects the political landscape, its limitations and how much more complex reality is. Transmetropolitan for the most part captures all the stench that us people would simply not smell, the ugly details in our own city and the scandals that might have transpired in our governement that we immediately forget ...more
Benoit Lelièvre
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I give the final volume of TRANSMETROPOLITAN five stars based on three principles: 1) This series is a required reading for young and feeble minds in the age where spectacle and real issues have become indistinguishable. 2) It goes back to the series' roots of breaking down the power of media in entertaining and unforceful ways and 3) there actually is over 100 pages of bonus material in my edition so it's cool.

But what have I thought of TRANSMETROPOLITAN's ending? It was all right. Maybe the fi
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great, fitting end to an ultimately brilliant series. I don't know why it took me so long to get to this, since Ellis is one of my favorite writers, but I'm glad I did. Amazingly prescient throughout--the story of outlaw journalist Spider Jerusalem vs. "the Smiler," a psychotic president, has some amazing parallels to what's going on around us daily, with each new outrage of the Trump administration. Hopefully, there's someone out there to take on the Spider role in the current battle, too. A co ...more
The Library Ladies
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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It was a re-read almost four years in the making. Ten volumes, two awful presidents, two awesome lady assistants, one literally two faced cat, and numerous bowel disruptor guns later, and I have finally reached the end of Spider Jerusalem’s return to Gonzo reporting in a dystopian cyberpunk future. My re-read of “Transmetropolitan” has been wild to say the least. And if you remember from the end of my last review, I was a little worried that it ha
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
There's a lot of words I could say about this final volume, but one of the characters said it better.
In a country whose revolutionary agenda is defined by free speech, the people's ability to ask informed questions should be enshrined by a president, not vilified.
Transmetropolitan issue 58, page 5, published 2002

Wow, just fucking wow. Where's the real life Spider Jerusalem right now, because we really need someone like him to tell the truth, to speak up for those without a voice, to campaign
Chris (The Genre Fiend)
Personally, I couldn't have asked for a better ending.
Michelle Morrell
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Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was awesome. Oh man. I can't believe I resisted for so long and at first hated this series. It is brilliant. And the ending is absolutely perfect.
It is a bit surprising to see such a long-running comic to not loose its pace and momentum until the very last page. Bravo, Mr. Ellis, bravo, Mr. Robertson.
Juho Pohjalainen
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Well ended. I really enjoyed this series. Spider is a horrible, wonderful man.
Titas (I read in bed)
A fitting finale.

Detailed review soon (maybe)
Preston Stell
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can I give a book 7 stars!? What a conclusion! Initially I wasn’t even sure this comic was right for me. Spider Jerusalem is one bad ass journalist! I think he is all the bad a journalist could be morally, but all the conviction that every journalist wishes they had. Spider is pretty incredible and the supporting cast are all wonderful too. This was a blast.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an great and perfect end to an amazing series. Got nothing else. Read the fucker.
Ken Carter
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great ending to a great series, way more upbeat than I was expecting given the nature of the story, but it felt correct. Very satisfying final chapter.
The saga of Spider Jerusalem, his Filthy Assistants, The City and The Smiler comes to a somewhat anti-climactic conclusion, for me at least. I always found the more freewheeling material showing life in the gloriously demented future world of Transmetropolitan more compelling than the political drama, although the latter of course feels very topical, even prophetic, in the present day. I think my "is that it?" reaction to the ending arises because (view spoiler) ...more
Steve Sanders
I wholeheartedly recommend this entire series. Brave, irreverent, hilarious, and oddly hopeful despite how dark the stories get from time to time. Also strangely prescient, given today's political landscape.
Sam Quixote
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spider and the Smiler meet up for a final "interview" and the fate of Spider and his brain disease is revealed.

Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson end the series in the tone of the books that went before it, with the kind of bravado and knack for compelling storytelling readers have come to expect from this duo and "One More Time" is a fitting end to this brilliant character.

I will say that I felt the showdown with Spider and Smiler, while satisfying, was a bit uninventive in how Spider brings Smi
William Blake
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Spider Jerusalem is an intensely appealing anti-hero in the comics world; without superpowers other than an energetic disregard for propriety and a monumental tolerance for intoxicants, he battles a corrupt government in a hyper-urban environment with the help of his filthy assistants. Seriously: what's not to love? He's as gritty as Batman but much funnier. He's as out there as Cole's most outrageous runs on Plastic Man, but grittier. Get it?

But this really is the sort of book perfectly suited
Jun 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comicbook, 2015
I love the way they ended this series. I will say no more, lest I give something away.

Reread the whole series over a weekend in 2015. So damn good.

It's funny. I first started reading Transmet in 2000 because my then-boyfriend was super into it. (I still consider Transmet to be one of the only good things I got out of that relationship.) But it was an incredible experiment to reread the whole series in a few days in 2015, over a decade after this last trade paperback was released. Reading the fi
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I have to take back all the mean things I said earlier this year about Warren Ellis. I still don’t get what the big deal with The Authority is, or why his runs on Iron Man or Hellblazer are so great, but this—this I get. This I love. Spider Jerusalem is fucked up and sexy and brilliant—my first real comics crush in years (and guys with too many tattoos are going to have a much better chance with me until it wears off, so thank Ellis for that, boys). Channon and Yelena, his filthy assist ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
This was an excellent ending to a fascinating and engaging series, one of the best science fiction stories I've read in a long time.
If I were to have any quibble at all it would be that the final confrontation felt rushed but then everything felt rushed leading up to that point as things started happening faster and faster so it may be more that then anything. I found many of the themes in the book, as I saw them, fascinating. The importance of media and journalism in holding our leaders to task
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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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Transmetropolitan (Collected Editions) (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Transmetropolitan, Vol. 2: Lust for Life
  • Transmetropolitan, Vol. 3: Year of the Bastard
  • Transmetropolitan, Vol. 4: The New Scum
  • Transmetropolitan, Vol. 5: Lonely City
  • Transmetropolitan, Vol. 6: Gouge Away
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  • Transmetropolitan, Vol. 8: Dirge
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