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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 7: Spider's Thrash

(Transmetropolitan (Collected Editions) #7)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  14,340 ratings  ·  151 reviews
The hammer has come down on him but outlaw journalist Spider Jerusalem has managed to stay one step ahead of his detractors - I.e. the President of the United States and his authoritarian lackeys in publishing and law enforcement.
After losing his byline, bank account, and apartment, Jerusalem and his Filthy Assistants have legged it underground, the better to implement his
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Vertigo (first published January 1st 2002)
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Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Spider as underground journalist makes even more sense than his turn as toast of the town celebrity journalist. Best of all, he hasn't forgotten things other than his vendetta against Callahan. This, I think, is the really interesting thing about Spider: he's so furiously angry because he actually does care, hard as that can be to see sometimes. And the stories that show that side of him are some of the best in the series. Not much forward momentum, when I think about it, but I don't think there ...more
Sam Quixote
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
President Callahan's psychotic hounding of Spider Jerusalem continues with the murders of all witnesses who witnessed Callahan's misdemeanours while on the campaign trail. Except this time the murderers stop by to pay Spider a visit too. Spider also finds out there's something wrong with him, and it's not any of the things his filthy assistants would attest to. Confronting his mortality, he sets out anew, posting his "I Hate It Here" columns via rogue site "The Hole".

There's also a serious strip
Juho Pohjalainen
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Given the poignant and plainly fucked-up stories in this folume, it's strange - even surreal - how hopeful I find this future setting.

It's full of all this crazy shit, true enough, and all the new and bizarre future tech and social norms that never would have flown in the present day. Yet for all of it, the people are still fundamentally people: the exact same ordinary stupid brilliant people as always. None of it, when you get right down to it, feels that much worse as in the present. Hell, eve
Jedi JC Daquis
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Don't get me wrong, Transmetropolitan reeks of truth and I am quite in awe that what Ellis "revealed" more than a decade ago still applies nowadays, well in fact, nothing has really ever changed. The city is ugly, the poor being oppressed and the governement doesn't care.

But from a narrative point of view, Transmetropolitan has dragged me for quite some time. Save for some action scenes, hasn't there been anything new, something that wasn't established in the previous volumes?

Spider and his filt
actual rating: 3.5

On the one hand this volume is ...well maybe not necessarily an 'enjoyable' read all the time because it deals with a lot of serious and depressing subject matter, but it does at least keep my attention fairly well. Unfortunately not a lot actually HAPPENS here and we seem to just be kind of aimlessly drifting around while Ellis repeats a bunch of shit we already know. This series has always been a pretty transparent power fantasy, but at this point it seems downright masturbat
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So glad to be reading these again! Freaking hilarious!
The enthralling battle between Spider Jerusalem and the psychotic smiling president goes on in amusing levels.
Deprived of all the best amenities and comforts, Spider Jerusalem and his filthy assistants are jobless. The classic antihero finds his own way to spread his truth through "The Hole", an indie news channel. Spider and his filthy assistants will gather information from witnesses of the streets.
This volume brings another level of humour. The social satire is once again remarkable, Warren
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It gets more and more accurate the more I read, which is terrifying. Still crude, still great!
Sam Quixote
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
President Callahan's psychotic hounding of Spider Jerusalem continues with the murders of all witnesses who witnessed Callahan's misdemeanours while on the campaign trail. Except this time the murderers stop by to pay Spider a visit too. Spider also finds out there's something wrong with him, and it's not any of the things his filthy assistants would attest to. Confronting his mortality, he sets out anew, posting his "I Hate It Here" columns via rogue site "The Hole".

There's also a serious strip
J.M. Hushour
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Something's not right. I can feel it in my left testicle." So speaketh rogue journalist and truth-terrorist Spider Jerusalem. Banished from the mainstream media for his lacerating attacks on the President, Spider goes full-on underground to take down the White House. This volume breaks down into three interconnected story arcs: Spider's investigation of child prostitution, the mishandling of the treatment of the mentally ill and the general hell that the City has fallen into. These all tie toge ...more
Benoit Lelièvre
This series is freakin' frustrating sometimes. It's been established like, two issues ago, that Spider would wage war to president Callahan and all there was to issue 7 is how Spider saying over and over again how he's going to take down president Callahan. It offered very little in terms of development and even less in terms of Spider's superpower: writing. There is a great opportunity lost in SPIDER'S TRASH as he discusses the lazy and corrupted mental health support system and yet doesn't eve ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
Spider's Thrash doesn't depart much from the established Transmet formula: gruesome violence, corrupt authorities, lengthy wanderings through decrepit streets, with Spider Jerusalem waxing poetic about the decline of the city and the simultaneous futility and necessity of human hope...

But the present volume also finds, for the very first time, Spider's mortality coming to the fore. I'm interested to see where Warren Ellis and company go with this.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've said it in previous reviews but this series just gets better and better. This book I think has more and more short story like chapters, but despite this you can see Warren Ellis building towards a climax that is gonna leave the reader spellbound. ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taking away Spider Jerusalem's print outlet just means he has nothing left to lose, and everything to gain. Here is where Ellis starts really going for the gut-punches, with the first few issues devoted to Jerusalem finding a new outlet, which is pretty par for the series. But he follows it up with a couple of absolutely brutal issues covering child prostitution, mental illness, and gentrification, and there are no punches pulled - even putting the events in a fictional city doesn't do much to d ...more
Michael Emond
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thus begins the final arc of this series and after a bit of a lull in the middle volumes we get to the point in the hero's journey where he has lost everything and must now rise up. I think my problem with the middle volumes is (because of the tone set in the first volumes) I wasn't sure where Ellis was going with the President Smiler story line - if it would be something he followed up on or not. Turns out the President vs Spider story line is what this series is ALL about.

And thus begins Spid
"As with most of the future worlds in science fiction, you're not talking about the future: you're talking about the present. You are using the future as a way of giving a kind of...room to move." - Alan Moore

"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." - Hunter S. Thompson

I find that the best pieces of science fiction are often worried. As Charlie Brooker pointed out, science fiction is often a good way to illustrate the worrying tren
Wade Alexander
Spider is on the run, and free to say whatever he wants. He feels free but his frail human body is catching up with him. Great volume setting up the next sets.
Pan Ellington
i cannot say enough, just how much i am loving this series. dystopian, paranoid, contemporary. curious to see how it all turns out...
May 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal as always
“My city changes by the second, but the history of the place is never erased. Cities wear scars deep.”

I’ve lost the thread on this one; it might have been a good idea to revisit the first six volumes, but as anyone who has been to the City knows, it’s a tough place to be. Besides, you can always rely on Spider to delve out some harsh truths, even if you’ve forgotten the finer details of the plot. Plot is merely an excuse for Ellis to give us his searing insights on our dystopian hell
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Spider and his filthy assistants are still hiding from The Smiler, the police and their assassins. He has found a new news outlet willing to publish his pieces after being fired by The Word in the previous volume. Not one of the best volumes. It is satire, but what makes it remarkable is that this volume was published in 2010, the individual issues were published 10 years before that and the satire still feels fresh when applied to the current political situation.
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This volume feels like someone is thrashing about looking for a hook to hang a story on, and I can't tell if that someone is the protagonist or the author. There are a lot of good pieces here, but it all feels a bit disjointed when read as a whole. There's also a sense of a lack of movement in the underlying plot.

For all that, there were parts of this story that were really good, and at least there are a few hints about where it will go next. The fact that this direction may turn out to be "dow
Jun 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This story gets more and more complicated, weirder and weirder, better and better.

This installment is especially full of cutting commentary about current fucked up aspects of contemporary society, thinly disguised as commentary on a distant future distopia.
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Oh, the drama surfaces. I am beginning to feel this series should be required reading in sociology classes. Except I'm not sure I'd expose college students to this level of profanity and violence... oh who am I kidding.

Spider, Spider, how do I love thee. Don't be a martyr to the Smiler!
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
For those who don't know this series it's basically Hunter S Thompson in the future. Spider Jerusalem is a ranting hack who will stop at nothing to get a story and bring down those he hates - which is everybody. Writer Warren Ellis is a literary god in my book...albeit a god with a sick mind. ...more
Will Boncher
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better.
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This series is getting better again :D And sadder :/. I think this series will be finished way to quick for my liking from now on.
Friz Allen
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
more of a set up for what's to come. a solid explanation of Spider's latest caper and a great cliffhanger as the last page. ...more
The Library Ladies
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
(originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com )

Back in 2016, in the wake of the devastation of the Presidential election I decided to start a re-read of “Transmetropolitan”, the dystopian cyberpunk comic about corruption in Government and society and the tenacious and bonkers reporter who wants to take it all down. Then I let it fall to the wayside for reasons I can’t really figure out, outside of having so much to read and so little time. But now it’s 2020, our Government keeps pulling awful
Scott Rhee
Warren Ellis’s Transmetropolitan, Volume 7, “Spider’s Thrash”, is worth reading if only for issue #40, entitled “Business”, one of the most depressing, disturbing, gut-wrenching, and incredibly moving comic books I have ever read.

The issue is about child prostitutes. In an issue that feels like one is watching a documentary, Spider Jerusalem is merely walking around the city, talking to child prostitutes, police officers, social workers. At one point, an angry, overworked social worker at the en
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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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