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Transmetropolitan, Vol. 3 by Warren Ellis
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Sep 19, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2008, graphic-novels-comics, politics
Recommended for: misanthropists, politics lovers, cynics

In this story arc, Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson throw their frenetic gonzo journalist, Spider Jerusalem, into covering a Presidential campaign. This collection follows a dozen issues introducing a vision of near-future America, where familiar elements are pushed into overdrive. Corruption is more endemic, technology is more pervasive, the divide between rich and poor is vaster, moral standards are laxer, religious leaders crazier, and the media environment is more of a constantly invasive presence. (One of the many possibly over-idealistic elements of this series is the interest of the public in politics and investigative journalism.) The near-futuristic social and political commentary in Transmetropolitan is still relevant in a lot of ways, but it's really interesting as an encapsulation of late-millennial anxiety about media, society, politics and voicelessness.
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