Transmetropolitan

Reader Advisory: Adult Themes, Adult Language, Graphic Violence, Nudity, Drug Use (Basically, you name it, it's here) Warren Ellis's epic of a full-bore, hyper-manic future where the late Hunter S. Thompson has basically been reimagined as the caustic, manic, psychotic journalist Spider Jerusalem. Forced out of retirement and back into The City, Spider picks up where he left off, fighting the powers that be, corruption, and the always near fatal deadline. What originally started out as Ellis's darkly wry take on journalism and political corruption feels eerily prescient in this day and age, while Robertson's and Ramos's artwork evoke not only the mania of a postmodern dystopian future, but also the grit, squalor, and general sense of absurd destitution that permeates the entire series. Transmetropolitan is not an easy read, nor should it be. This is a book that asks no quarter, and gives no reprieve from its subject matter. The stories themselves are compelling and still just as relevant as they were when the series debuted 20 years ago (has it been that long already?), but the real treats are the backgrounds - the incidental little asides that are worked into the surrounding areas around Jerusalem's one man crusade. It really goes without saying the Transmetropolitan is recommend for mature readers.

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