Transmetropolitan Volume 1
I decided it’s a bit hard and confusing reviewing comic series on a whole so from now I’m just gonna break it down into trade reviews. Trades are a collection of about 6 comic issues condensed into one soft or hardcover volume in case you didn’t know. I’m starting things of with Warren Ellis’ Transmetropolitan, a futuristic, funny and smart comic book series. Warren Ellis is pretty much one of the best twitterers ever too. In Transmetropolitan he has created a character that is completely outrageous but still so completely relatable and likeable. That character is Spider Jerusalem and he is a journalist who lives in Ellis’ crazy yet possibly all too real version of the future.
This first trade deals with Spider’s return to the city after living in a self imposed exile for the past few years and his return to journalism. Spider is the sort of guy who says whatever he wants and doesn’t care what others think. He is also rude, disgusting, humanity hating and loveable. The thing that is so great in this series is the city it is all set in, a futuristic satire of commercialism, technology and religion that is both hilarious and frightening. The issue dealing with television of the time is fantastic, thought provoking and sadly a possible outcome for our own future. Ellis clearly uses Spider as a vehicle to express his own views and it’s cool seeing a writer have such a strong voice in a comic, the issue dealing with a religious fair is very well done; ranging from hilarious to almost devastating.
This is all brought to life with some amazing art by Darick Robertson. The cityscapes are realistically futuristic and the inhabitants are a colourful and original looking bunch. He really brings the world to life and uses some really cool perspectives, the colours by Nathan Eyring are also beautifully done. At times disgustingly grimy but other sections are wonderfully bright and colourful, although never in a childlike happy way, unless perhaps he is parodying that sort of thing. This seems like a great series and a testament to the comic book medium and I’ll be sure to pick up the rest of the trades that are apparently being reprinted at the moment.