Reviewed : Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 – Back on the Street

Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1: Back on the Street by Warren Ellis
(Publisher : DC/Vertigo)

“After years of self imposed exile from a civilisation rife with degradation and indecency, cynical journalist Spider Jerusalem is forced to return to a job he hates and a city he loathes. Working as an investigative reporter for the newspaper The Word, Spider attacks the injustices of his surreal 23rd century surroundings. In this first volume, Spider ventures into the dangerous Angels 8 district, home of the Transients – humans who have decided to become aliens through cosmetic surgery. But Spider’s interview with the Transients’ leader gets him a scoop he didn’t bargain for.”

Absolutely frikkin brilliant this is!

This is the book that made me bow my head and acknowledge the genius that is Warren Ellis.
Granted the man is so slow and annoyingly delayed as a writer (especially these days) that you want to pull your scalp off along with you hair but there is no denying that he can create stories and ideas that are beyond amazing and so damn good that you can’t help but wait for the next one regardless of how long it takes!

Damn you Ellis, damn you…

But back on track – this is the introduction to one of the greatest (in my humble opinion) characters in ANY medium ever: Spider Jerusalem.

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