H2S Comic Watch: Transmetropolitan
Transmetropolitan (DC/Vertigo) was created in 1997 by critically acclaimed writer, Warren Ellis (Hellblazer, The Authority, Red) and illustrated by Darick W. Robertson (The Boys). In my opinion, this is one of the greatest comic series ever! Trust me when I say this, everything about this series is epic!
In the 23rd century, The City is plagued with drugs, corruption, sex, greed, evil politicians, materialism, and corporate greed. The masses are puppets to consumerism and vanity, while those in power exploit them for all they are worth. Enter our hero, the gonzo journalist Spider Jerusalem (gonzo is a form of subjective journalism that is told from the first person perspective. It was created and made popular by the great journalist, Hunter S. Thompson, who Spider is based off of).
He has returned to the harsh city, after a 5 year exile to gice the people the pure unadulterated truth! His weapon against the lying pigs, religious zealots, and filth-mongering politicians. We follow Spider and his Filthy Assistants (Channon Yarrow and Yelena Rossini) as they comb the city in search of The Truth.
Spider Jerusalem is Warren Ellis’ ode to Hunter S. Thompson. When I read the series, I can’t help but hear Hunter’s voice in my head. Spider is a drug-addicted, alcoholic, with an unstable personality who loves guns, and an penchant for masturbation. He is Hunter S. Thompson… of the future. His obsession with “The Truth” is just as strong as Batman’s obsession with justice. He will stop at nothing and doesn’t care who he pisses off, offends, or runs over to get it. The Truth is all that matters.
The writing in this series is simply amazing. It’s like Warren Ellis was possessed by Hunter S. Thompson himself when he wrote this series. When Spider goes on these epic rants and editorials about consumerism, ignorance, and complacency, you can’t help but be moved by what he says. This series is truly an inspiration to me, that’s for sure.
I highly recommend this series.