In a nutshell:- A deranged gonzo journalist in a twisted future takes on a corrupt president and wins. But what he puts in place is far worse and this fight will cost him dearly...
The Basics:- Following the exploits of pill-popping, bowel-disrupting journalist Spider Jerusalem (very obviously based on Hunter S Thompson), Transmetropolitan is a tour-de-force from English writer Warren Ellis, perfectly completed by the accompanying art from Darrick Robertson. Told over 60 issues, it follows five years in the life of Jerusalem as he battles apathy and indifference in a quest to bring people true journalism to the people of The City whether they want it or not.
Why's It So Good?:- The sheer amount of ideas on display is overwhelming. As with all good sci-fi, the futuristic world the writer creates is very much a comment on the world of today and this is no exception. Ellis takes a lot of current ideas and practices to their extreme conclusion to create this Nightmarish yet still ultimately hopeful futurescape. Plus it's extremely funny in that over-the-top black humour way that's very British.
Surely Some Of It Must Be Rubbish?:- The only slightly disappointing issues are the one-off specials which combine text pieces by Spider with double-page spreads by various artists. They feel a little bit like flimsy cash-ins. That said, if you don't read them, it makes no impact on the story. Otherwise, well, it's all good really.
So We Should Seek Out This Thing Of Which You Speak?:- Definitely. I've read this one several times through and never stop enjoying it. If you're a fan of the works of Hunter S Thompson at all then I definitely think you'd find something to enjoy in here.
Tomorrow's title:- Bone