Transmetropolitan Revisited

 

I have just finished reading a gem of a comic.Its so good, I thought I would talk about it here. Why is this Comic So great? Well…Imagine this…It’s the future… No Not the Star trek kind of future.. no not even Star wars.. will you just pipe down and listen??..

Ok ..so as I was saying.. it’s the future , consumerism has rotted everyone’s brain ( as if its not done so already), there are drugs for everything…and Everyone is an addict… even your resident household machinery ! Your telly has porno, chat shows, reality telivision and your elected representatives lying to your face.. wait is that really the future I am talking about .. You thought it seemed like Your own telly eh!… but nah you must be mistaken.. so on with it…

you can have yourself downloaded if you so desire and live as a “Foglet”..Aliens have been discovered. But..umm… the only thing that they have to trade with us is their DNA …Hey here’s a novel idea.. Stop Yammering about sex change.. Go for a species change instead.. these transients have a new love messiah who will stand by you if you decide to do so.. and will even fight the government for your rights to boot!

Here a new religion is born everyday, there are cameras everywhere.. even in the breath you take…. Oh there are the usual cults, pedophiles, lunatics and morally depraved cops and beaurocrats .. and you.. you are Spider Jerusalem.. a journalist who has been forced to return after an hiatus of 5 years from the idyllic life in the mountains to the city in search of .. what else? money and a job! You know!.. because you lost all of the proceeds of your best selling books to drugs. . so back to the grind lowly spider!

You are eccentric, egoistic, borderline insane who hasn’t had sex in over 5 years and love to jerk off to porn .. whose wife has had herself frozen cryogenically and has requested to be revived after you are dead!! But you have three things that no one else seems to have .. a penchant for telling the unvarnished truth , rock solid guts, and a “bowel dissembler’.. whose use by the way is illegal, undetectable and effects in making you shit in your pants for a long long time! .. you are the kind of journalist that people have forgotten existed!

That does mean you get to rant, rave and break people’s noses every now and then to get the story. Your have written great articles and have great stories to your credit, but the one incident that people remember you most by.. however apocryphal in nature it might be … is the time when your editor made the blunder of leaving you with a phone alone and you induced several prague politicians to commit suicide after calling to various chat shows and ..uhumm.. cough cough.. chatting with them!.

It’s the election year..You nicknamed the outgoing President “The Beast” in the last election, and he still manages to be pissed off at you while he wipes the sweat off his brow after paying the secret service to protect him! And you have also severely pissed off the incoming President who by the way is just an insane fucking arsehole and has promised to make your life miserable ! mm.. by the way.. did you just piss of the President of United States? Umm. Yes you did.. just checking!!..

You land a gig to write a column entitled “I hate it here’… you report on what you see around you and what you see is a city in it’s death throws… So its time you did something! How does taking on the president of US sound to you!.. Can you do it spider? Can you? Is your pen really mightier than his sword??

P.S.. by the way did I mention the current president found himself on the wrong side of your bowel dissembler once!

Welcome to the world of TRANSMETROPOLITAN..

Though transmetropolitan is brilliant in every issue..most of the issues are to be read as part of arcs.. but there are some stand alone issues who are the real strength of transmet in my opinion..these issues and ofcourse the character of spider!…

Thanks to Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson for this scathing attack on the kind of world we live in…

S. Narayanswamy Iyer

A tired software engineer and an enthusiastic comic and television fan, Narayanswamy puts his opinions on paper with great passion and acute intent. When you want reviews or features with humour in it, he's the one to read from! You can follow him on his blog - Here

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