Attention! Ce comics book est réservé aux lecteurs avertis! La vision cyberpunk de Warren Ellis (scénariste de 'Authority') est noire, décadente et bourrée d'humour décapant. C'est trash, vulgaire, violent, mais incroyablement bien écrit et dessiné... Spider Jerusalem, le héro journaliste, est une sorte de tintin dejanté à la recherche de la verité. Il se fait pour nous le témoin des horreurs du XXI°, et on en ressort lessivé, pétrifié de tant de savoir faire... Quel dommage que la traduction française n'ai jamais dépassé le 1° tome: "Transmetropolitan" a déja gagné un 'Eisner Award' et les français ne connaissent toujours pas! :( Il est temps que nous decouvrions tous cette bande dessinée, il en va de l'avenir de l'humanité! ;)
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Ce tome regroupe les épisodes 1 à 6 de la série du même nom ; c'est donc le début de Transmetropolitan écrit par Warren Ellis et dessiné par Darick Robertson.
Suite à un suicide collectif dans lequel il a sa part de responsabilité, Spider Jerusalem a choisi de se retirer dans les montagnes où il coule une vie heureuse faite de beuveries, de drogues et d'air pur, pendant 5 ans. Malheureusement, il doit encore 2 livres à son éditeur qui trouve le moyen de l'obliger à retourner à la Ville (une version futuriste de New York). Spider Jerusalem est adepte du journalisme gonzo. Dans les 3 premiers épisodes il se fait réembaucher par un grand quotidien et il couvre une révolte organisée dans un quartier de la Ville qui veut faire sécession. Dans le quatrième épisode, son employeur lui affecte une assistante dénommée Channon Yarrow et ils s'en vont interviewer le président des États-Unis. Dans le cinquième épisode, Spider Jerusalem prend l'un des plus gros risques de sa vie : il décide de passer une journée à regarder la télévision. Dans le sixième épisode, il se lance à la recherche d'une religion valable parmi toutes celles qui sont présentes dans la Ville.
"Transmetropolitan" est une série parue de 1997 à 2002 qui comprend 60 épisodes regroupés en 11 tomes (numérotés de 1 à 10 + le tome 0). Dans un premier temps, Warren Ellis a souhaité rendre hommage au journalisme Gonzo popularisé par Hunter S.Lire la suite ›
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The finest and sharpest12 décembre 2004
R. A. Wonsowski
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This was a series I got dragged into kicking and screaming. Before it was a Vertigo title, it was published under the short-lived Helix imprint; ironically, it was the only Helix book I didn't read. Long story short, the Helix books were that bad. Everyone kept telling me, "You need to read this." I kept replying, "It's another Helix book," and I went on my merry way for a couple years.
I kept on buying my usual titles until the series was wrapping up, and my comic store guys (Rich and Ethan at Comic Fortress, Somerville NJ) told me to just try the first volume.
Thank you, guys.
First of all, this is Warren Ellis' most personal, volatile, heart-felt, and above-the-board best writing he has ever produced. The protagonist, Spider Jerusalem, is a Hunter S Thompson of the future; the series reads like Fear and Loathing in Blade Runner (if Ridley Scott had choked to death watching NBC sitcoms, Ted Nugent hunting videos, and porno). He's a hacked-off gonzo journalist who swings between eyewitness to humanity's best and Bill Hicks "we're a virus with shoes" vitriol, and Ellis crafts every word flawlessly.
Darrick Robertson is the perfect artist to complement the words. There is so much detail in every panel, including very human facial expressions (a very lost art in this business of gritted teeth on every cover) and backgrounds that are like a Where's Waldo of minutiae. As blaringly noisy as this vision of the future is, it's also unsettling enough to be glad we don't live there.
Or do we? Ellis weaves a lot of food for thought throughout the series, commenting on our world through his, and maybe there's some Warren Ellis in Spider Jerusalem. His point of view on the government is like no other, for example, and his catagorization of humanity as sheep waiting to be shorn, butchered, and eaten may not be that off the mark.
What Warren and Darrick have given us is nothing short of a masterpiece. This isn't a comic book, anymore than Hunter S just wrote columns. This is Comics Literature, capitalization intended. It's also Great Entertainment.
So set your bowel disruptor on "prolapse", grab a bag of Monkey Burgers, take your Jumpstart pills, and, like Rich told me, just try the first volume.
It's more addictive than crack, and better for you.
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This Spider has a real bite7 juin 2003
Michael J. Mazza
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"Transmetropolitan: Back on the Street" is a book-length comic by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. The copyright page notes that the contents of the book originally appeared in single issue form as "Transmetropolitan" 1-3. This vividly illustrated tale focuses on Spider Jerusalem, a journalist in a futuristic city. This is very much a science fiction story, spiced with references such as one to a Martian secession movement. In this volume Spider investigates a controversy involving an emergent subculture of genetically altered humans. The tattooed, chain-smoking, gun-toting Spider is a compelling protagonist. The book is violent but intelligently written and often quite funny. The story raises questions about police conduct, multiculturalism, the First Amendment, and the role of the journalist in society. It's a remarkable book that has whetted my appetite for more of Spider's saga.
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A Renaissance comic book10 février 1998
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This is unlike any comic book I've ever read. It mixes science-fiction with dark humor and an insightful social commentary. For those who enjoyed Warren Ellis' work on DV8, Stormwatch, Hellstorm, and Ruins, prepared to be blown away. If you have ever read any interviews or editorials by the author, you can tell Transmetropolitan is almost autobiographical. The timeframe is the distant future. The story begins with a jaded journalist (much like Ellis) named Spider Jerusalem. He has lived outside of "The City" for five years because he cannot tolerate the corruption and decadence anymore. However, he is compelled to write again, and realizes that he must go back to his own personal hell to do so. The first story-arc, compiled in "Back On the Street" deals with Jerusalem returning to "The City." While he is getting adjusted to his new surroundings, he lands a job as a columnist. And to find material on his first column, he uncovers a plot by the government. This sounds cliched, but I promise you, Ellis makes it work. This book is filled with perverse jokes, dark humor, and ultra-violence. But underneath all that lies a profound message and an insightful morality. It is easily the best comic book of 1997, and one of the best stories I've read in a long time.
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Buy the Whole Series Now, Filthy Amazon Customers24 mai 2006
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It's hard to overstate the religiously transcendant goodness of Transmetropolitan; these books are greatness beyond human ken, and could probably be set up in shrines as small but powerful local deities if you had such a mind. I'm getting ahead of myself here though, reviewing the entire series, so I'll stick to the volume at hand.
Transmet Volume One deals with the extremely reluctant return of one Spider Jerusalem, Outlaw Journalist, to what passes for civilization in a far, but somehow familiar, dystopian future. Out of money and delinquent on a book contract, he reluctantly departs his mountain stronghold (equipped with, among other security blankets, an Ebola Bomb) for the decadent, vibrant, decaying, glittering cesspool of civilization known only as The City.
If there is a man for every age, then Jerusalem is the man for this one; hateful, sinful, cynical, and dedicated only to his own casual urges and the pursuit of Truth, he wades into the bloody stinking mess that his once and future home has become and quickly finds a disaster in the making, as the City turns a blind eye toward the seemingly inevitable massacre of a truly bizarre, but ultimately harmless, subculture in one of its many teeming ghettos. Nothing seems to stand in the way, except, perhaps, a lunatic with tar filled lungs, a bad attitude, and a typewriter.
Can an old fashioned newsman save the future, with only words and a hefty dose of gratuitous violence? You're about to find out.
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An IMPORTANT Comic Series...13 juin 2000
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This collection reprints the first 3 issues of Transmet, and deals with Spider Jerusalem, a reluctantly famous writer/journalist who must come back to the city he hates to reclaim his fiery muse and crank out two more books to finish off his contract with his publisher. In his first adventure, Spider gets embroiled in a minor culture war and ends up giving the establishment the finger and getting a hell of a column out of it.This is the sort fo thing you won't get from mainstream comic companies and can't cull from stories about grown men prancing about in tights -- it's a comic that says something and says it well. Warren Ellis and Garth Ennis (PREACHER) are two of the genre's finest writers out there today -- Ennis shares his admiration for Ellis' series in the forward ot this collection. Transmetropolitan is a bit like Hunter S. Thompson 2099. It's a bit like the best of the old 2000 AD comics from the UK -- dark comedy and socio-political satire that is also very entertaining. The artwork is magnificent, the writing is some of the best I've read in comics -- the concept is startling. My highest reccommendation for this book!