Thursday, July 29, 2021

Review of "Transmetropolitan: Back On the Street," by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson

 Review of

Transmetropolitan: Back On the Street, by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson ISBN 9781401220846

Five out of five stars

An amusing, yet dark anti-hero

 The story opens with famed and extremely talented journalist Spider Jerusalem holed up in a mountain retreat where he has gone to escape from the world. Yet, he has phone contact with the world, and he is contacted by a publisher to remind him that he received a massive advance to write two books. Threatened with legal action, Spider loads up his car and goes back to the “real world.”

 Not happy about it, he holds a grudge against everything, yet after he removes his massive growth of hair on his head, he gets back into the game. It is a world that is filthy, trashy and split into wild factions. Yet, he proves almost immediately that there is no one better at the art of expose journalism. His methods are rough, crude and just right for his job in this environment.

 One of the darkest of graphic novels, it is based on a dystopia, both in the overall environment as well as the internal structure of Jerusalem. He thinks nothing of being on either side of the getting beat up environment. Followers of the news will find several nuggets of truth in his wild and unpredictable exploits. The authors have created and produced a great character.

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