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review 2019-02-07 11:55
The Absolute Transmetropolitan Beginnings...
Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 - Warren Ellis,Darick Robertson,Rodney Ramos

The medium of comics doesn't just revolve around superheroes alone, its a medium of the artistry and writer to express what they intend to give comic readers that illustrations is not just a man in a cape or a woman with a sword and a shield. Its about writing a good story, with illustrations that really tells a good story that doesn't talk about super powers but a story that talks about without them. I have been a fan of Transmetropolitan before The Authority or The Planetary, two most iconic comics that deals with some what superhero themes. Transmetropolitan is none of that - its about in the future and the people living in a nameless city in the perspective of one Spider Jerusalem, maniac psycho journalist who hates this place. A place where the citizens prefer to believe lies and fantasies and escape the reality of their troubles by shooting up drugs that are legal even if it harms the body, program shows like Sex Muppets that are shown to children is allowed and beating up an old woman who hassle a stranger is okay. No, this is just the side of what Transmetropolitan is - for its actual purpose of reading Transmetropolitan is about how we deal with the truth we kept denying to ourselves.

Collecting from issues #1 to #18, a short story from Vertigo: Winter's Edge #2 and I Hate It Here one-shot special, the Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol.1 is an absolute version to get as it includes not just the above I mention, but also some extras worth reading. To me, this is one edition I have been waiting for to get and when I finally get my hands on it, it completes what as a fan would say, the ultimate edition to own. What is it about? I am sure you have read some of the other reviews by now about this series but I will definitely do a write up but not here - some where where I will be comfortable with to do an absolute writing of Transmetropolitan but for now, this deserves my highest rating. Good binding with a slipcase and oversize, this is one edition that is a must get.



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review 2016-06-07 16:36
Transmetropolitan, Vol 2: Lust for Life
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 2: Lust for Life - Warren Ellis,Darick Robertson

Not so much a review I think, as much as some commentary! This is the second Transmetropolitan volume that I've read, courtesy of my wonderful book lending co-worker. He's the one who introduced me to Warren Ellis in the first place, and I couldn't be more thankful.


This series is so addicting. It's a mix of in-your-face truth, with political satire, and one badass main character. See, Spider Jerusalem tells it like it is. He doesn't give a shit what you think, or if you don't like him, or really about anything at all. In fact, given the chance he'd probably blow up the Earth. Because we're all just a bunch of messed up, self-serving, assholes anyway. Or, at least we are in his future version of the world. Spider employs ample use of guerilla journalism. He's gritty, but also brilliant. Just kind of tough to love. Oh, and he's hilarious.


Don't read these if you get offended easily. Or if you don't like cussing. Or nudity. Or lots of references to sex.... yeah. Oh and violent deaths.


But DO read these if you love irreverent characters who aren't afraid to take a good, hard look at what society is slowly descending into.

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text 2015-10-25 21:05
Reading progress update: I've read 17 out of 208 pages.
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 2: Lust for Life - Warren Ellis,Darick Robertson


Everyone is getting hard-ons for robots and mechanics in this. 


I've found my comic home. 

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text 2015-10-25 16:42
Reading progress update: I've read 14 out of 208 pages.
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 2: Lust for Life - Warren Ellis,Darick Robertson




As if I have words right now...

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review 2015-10-14 02:25
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1: Back on the Street - Warren Ellis,Darick Robertston,Garth Ennis

So, getting hooked on Preacher and Transmetropolitan in less than 24 hours?   It's kind of surreal.  I feel so hopped on these: they're disgusting, obscene, perverse, subversive - and really smart and thought provoking at the same time.   They have characters that feel a little insane, or off, but that are fully realized, and that you like. 


I kind of feel that Preacher is more in your face, and while this makes it feel a little less subversive, I like them equally, at least so far.   There's something charming about how little Preacher holds back: it gets more violent, crosses more boundaries, and yet it's pure artistic vision.   It doesn't hurt that Ennis has something to say about the world we live in, and he cuts right to the heart of things. 


Ellis does as well, and both Jesse Custer and Spider Jerusalem swear up storms, bluntly tell people what they think, and are, in some ways, similar characters.   They see through the world's bullshit.   Of course, they are also vastly different: whereas Spider is a paranoid, drug-guzzling journalist, Jesse is far more sober, although he might hallucinate a little, and seems to have more solid connections to the world around him.   Of course, a great deal of Jesse's past has been revealed; not so much with Spider.    


The truth is that they have some core similarities, which are possibly explained by the forward to this volume in which Ennis explains that he and Ellis are quite alike in how they view the world.   And then they have differences that are explained by the fact that they are in different stories, meant to fill different roles, and Ellis and Ennis are far too creative to come up with mere copycat characters.   They are different people, after all, and both seem like very intelligent men, despite the immaturity in both these graphic novels.   (And the way that Spider man-childs about town, being the rebellious little shit that is more reminiscent of a teen than a full grown man, is juvenile to say the least.   So much so that his editor doesn't trust him to hold it together without sending him a live in assistant to babysit him all the time.)


That being said, a lot of the things he says do really cut straight to the truth.   No social niceties, no toning it down, no introductions.   Just a quick hit-and-run until he uncovers the truth.   If his unveiling of reality makes others miserable, so much the better, especially if he gets a front row seat to the tears.   After all, as he says, he's miserable, so why shouldn't other people be miserable?   


Then again, never has a drugged up paranoid misanthrope who really wants to be a crazy mountain man - complete with hair so thick and long it's very almost literally a pelt - who booby traps his house.   And toilet.    Never has he been so happy than during those five years up on that mountain!   


Never has he been so unproductive, however.   Never has his hair been so long, or so much the product of your worst nightmares.   (And, no, I'm going to spare you the trauma of Spider as a bear-man.   I refuse to post an image of that.)


So far, this is ambling along, forcing Spider to return to the city and write.   I can tell you each issue had a plot, but I'm not sure I see the purpose, or an arc, whereas I definitely saw one in Preacher.   Maybe I'm just not seeing it yet.   Maybe the point is that this is Spider pissing and shitting on everyone - sometimes literally - and gleefully ruining everyone's day as he bares the harsh truth to them all. 


I'm really not sure what it is, beyond incredibly entertaining.  

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