Saturday, May 22, 2010

Transmetropolitan Vol. 1: Back on the Street

In yet another of my comic of the days dedicated to the works of writer Warren Ellis, I will be praising the level of story telling while at the same time gush over Ellis's genius.

Transmetropolitan Vol. 1: Back on the Street contains the first three issues in the Transmetropolitan run. The first volume introduces Spider Jerusalem, a journalist very much styled off of the late Hunter S. Thompson. Spider is a bit off but very on task at the same time. He hates the corruption of society at the top of the ladder. His style of journalism is to find the story that is in front of everyone face but nobody wants to talk about because they are to afraid of those in power. He is crude and in your face, but open-minded and very intelligent.

Spider starts Back on the Street having lived as a hermit in the mountains for five years. He was paid to write 2 books for his publisher and is being threatened with a lawsuit that would put Spider in jail if he refuses to produce the books. He used to be a famous writer and by the end of Transmetropolitan Vol. 1: Back on the Street, he is again...to his disappointment. He doesn't fight injustice in his work to be famous, but rather because it is what must be done. If it wasn't for the fact that he needed money and to honor a damn contract, Spider would probably live off in some corner of the world alone, forever.

Ellis does a nice job of creating a world in the distant future. It's filled with a metropolis of advertising, sounds, trash and corruption. The future is very much like the present...just more some aliens and technology which can make matter out of nothing. Spider is written with a sharp tongue and a no hold-back attitude which instantly makes him likable to the readers. He says what he wants and does what he wants. He also has a small spider tattoo on top of his head...so he's got that going for him.

Transmetropolitan Vol. 1: Back on the Street has brilliant dialog, insight into the powers that be and their relationship with society, strippers which say "fuckhead" a shit load and half alien half human poor people. It's pretty much like every other Avenger comic book out there, I know. But if I was you, I would still give it a go.

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