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18) Transmetropolitan: Tales of Human Waste, by Warren Ellis

I got this because I had picked up recommendations for Ellis' Transmetropolitan series from various sources, and this fairly slim volume was numbered #0 in the shop, so I guessed it might be important introductory or prefatory material. Well, if it is, I'm not sure I can be bothered to follow up with the rest of the series. The book starts with a short story about how much protagonist Spider Jerusalem hates Christmas and other people, and it's then a series of several dozen single-shot images by different leading comics artists, each ostensibly illustrating a different instalment of Jerusalem's misanthropic newspaper column. Some of the illustrations, as you would hope, are indeed striking, but the combined effort is neither thought-provoking nor funny, and I began wondering pretty soon why I was supposed to care about this unpleasant character or his unpleasant opinions. Perhaps if I'd read the rest of Transmetropolitan I'd know the answer, but based on this I am not going to rush to do so.


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Mar. 9th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
It's not an actual part of the series, although Spider does more or less hate everyone and is terribly unpleasant. But he's also passionate and wicked and very alive, and I love him. Give the first real GN a shot, and if you don't like it, *then* don't go on. :)
Mar. 9th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
Mar. 9th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
Well said!!!
Mar. 9th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
#0 is sort of an afterforward. As such it doesn't make much sense without reading reading the rest of the series first, it's pretty much the worst place to start. Volume 1:Back on the Street is the place to begin.
Mar. 10th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
I've read #1 and #2 (though not #0, which I didn't know existed) and have never really felt compelled to carry on with it. Not really sure what everyone sees in Transmetropolitan, to be honest.
Mar. 10th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
You'll like Transmetropolitan if you like the idea of a science fiction version of Hunter S. Thompson, as written by a cyncial Englishman. I liked it, but didn't love it.
Mar. 10th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
What they said, as in #1 is where to start. #0 is pretty much for those who already understand that Spider hates the world for love of it (though he'd turn a bowel-distruptor on anyone who said so). Transmet is a carnival of grotesques, but it's ultimately a story about integrity.
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