Transmetropolitan, Vol. 4: The New Scum
It's no wonder he hates it here. Spider Jerusalem, journalist and heroof sorts in Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan, wades through a sewer ofpoverty and high-tech despair daily in his efforts to understand and report onAmerica. In The New Scum, Ellis contrasts the powerful, in the form... show more
It's no wonder he hates it here. Spider Jerusalem, journalist and heroof sorts in Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan, wades through a sewer ofpoverty and high-tech despair daily in his efforts to understand and report onAmerica. In The New Scum, Ellis contrasts the powerful, in the form ofpresidential candidates, with the powerless, who are begging and hustling on thestreets. The satire is savage and rarely subtle, but the author takes care toshow some human warmth lest the comic descend into the nihilism it warnsagainst. The plot, largely secondary to the characters and background events,focuses loosely on Jerusalem's assignment to interview the two candidates, eachpsychotic and unfit for any office. His bodyguard and personal assistant,meanwhile, discover the terrors of pleasure in a post-nanotech world withunlimited credit. The election-eve climax fully captures the anxiety anddepression that come from having no real choice in matters of great importance.Either Ellis or his creation deserves a Pulitzer. --Rob Lightner
Publish date: September 1st 2000
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, Sequential Art
, Graphic Novels
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Series: Transmetropolitan (#4)
Oh man things are getting a little dark here. There's a lot of rage and sadness in this volume... but also some moments of incredible humanity, humor, and even dare-I-say loveliness. Things are starting to get interesting, sportsfans - Spider's on his heels now and I think it's going to be quite t...
Spider Jerusalem is so well-fited for graphic novels... And I just love reading about him, no matter what he's doing in the story, it's always somehow entertaining.
There is some solid political satire here with a smiling psychopath running for president against a corrupt old Nixonian type, but by volume 4 of Transmetropolitan the tone of the book was starting to get to me. The incessant threats to shot people with a bowl disruptor, the drug abuse, the filthin...