Transmetropolitan T. 4 : The New Scum (Anglais) Broché – 1 septembre 2000
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Investigative reporter Spider Jerusalem attacks the injustices of the 21st Century surroundings while working for the newspaper The Word in this critically-acclaimed graphic novel series written by comics superstar Warren Ellis, the co-creator of PLANETARY and THE AUTHORITY.
In this volume, two candidates are facing off in the presidential election, and in all the media only Spider Jerusalem seems to have the intestinal fortitude to hack his way through the campaign propaganda and find out the reality behind the spin. But even if he manages to being the public the unvarnished truth, the question still remains: will they do the right thing once they have it?
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Jerusalem Spider est maintenant installé dans un appartement haut de gamme dans une résidence de standing, avec Yelena Rossini son assistante et Shannon Yarrow son garde du corps. Les élections présidentielles approchent à grand pas et Spider a la conviction que ses éditoriaux ne servent à rien, que les habitants de la Ville ne s'intéressent pas à la politique. Il choisit de parcourir les rues de la Ville pour retrouver l'inspiration. Shannon a découvert des images de Yelena et Spider ensemble. Le président (surnommé The Beast par Spider) requière une interview. Spider et lui vont avoir une discussion à coeur ouvert dans laquelle The Beast expose son credo. Puis Spider passe à nouveau une journée dans les rues ce qui fournit l'occasion à Ellis de donner quelques détails de plus sur des caractéristiques de cette civilisation d'anticipation. Gary Callahan requière à son tour une interview avec Jerusalem, et c'est également un grand déballage franc et massif qui permet au lecteur de se situer entre Charybde et Scylla. Le tome se termine avec la soirée des élections et le résultat est donné.
Difficile de savoir à la lecture de ce tome si Warren Ellis avait un plan de travail défini sur plusieurs épisodes à l'avance pour cette série.Lire la suite ›
Des révélations sur son assistante.
Et le présage de futurs événements.
Écriture/scénario toujours aussi mordant (malgré un petit manque d'action).
Dessin un peu en baisse.
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This book has Warren Ellis writing more about the world of the City with Spider, amidst the campaign madness, showing the reader the poverty stricken and the disenfranchised that live within the richest country in the world. It's a bold move that has no comedic value but it's applicable to circumstances in the real world and adds depth to Spider's character as well as the increasingly familiar-seeming City. You even get to see Spider... be nice. Weird.
The best parts come from Spider's interviews with the incumbent President, the Beast, who comes across as an apathetic and unlikable man who is nonetheless resigned to doing any good for his country, and the Smiler, who comes across as the Joker minus the facepaint. He shows his true colours here and makes it clear that Spider is on his hit-list when he gets into office.
Also included are a couple of Christmas themed one shots which has Spider pontificating on this most gaudy of holidays and referring to Channon and Yelena as his "filthy assistants" for the first time.
"The New Scum" is a solid book from start to finish, Warren Ellis continues to write Spider with a perfect pitch and extra nuance, while Darick Robertson's art is his usual high standard. An excellent read for an excellent series, readers of the series won't be disappointed, and definitely worth a look for any comics fan unfamiliar with Spider Jerusalem.
The story focus in a peripheral manner on the election, but since Spider has been removed from the streets by fame, he's too far away to really get at the heart of it.
Lastly, the artwork seems to have taken a turn for the cartoony. It's a lot more '4 color' than previous efforts and just doesn't fit with the world of Spider Jerusalem as previously depicited.
The most interesting thread focuses on the relationship of Channon and Yelena. Which is, while interesting, not what I buy Transmetropolitan for.
Overall, if you liked the first three novels, this is still worth reading. If the first three novels were too offensive, you might find this one tolerable, but since so much of it is built on the first three, it's not that good a story in its own right.
TRANSMETROPOLITAN is teaching us about our present by making us look into the future. The New Scum was good, but its gaze is wandering a little too much.
After all the praise I've lavished on Transmetropolitan in my reviews of the first three volumes, I guess it was inevitable that everything would come crashing down. I have to admit, though, I'm making things sound a lot worse than they are; I guess the first three volumes had me expecting new miracles with every episode. Having given us the overarching story arc in book three, Ellis gets down to business in The New Scum, the fourth book in the series, and having gotten down to business, a lot of the humor gets leached out of this volume. That said, the first half of the book is an absolutely brilliant take on the play Frost/Nixon, recently turned into a movie nominated for a sick number of Academy Awards, so it's about as topical as they come these days. (Ellis is pretty subtle about it for a while there, but he kicks us in the head towards the end of that sequence.) Things then go back to normal, which for Transmetropolitan means they're absolutely over the edge. This is also the second volume in which Ellis includes an extra story at the end of the book, and both here and in Year of the Bastard, I've liked the extra stories the best of anything in the book; here, Spider expounds on why winter is the best season. (If only it didn't have all the snow.) Slips a bit, quality-wise, but the series is still very much worth reading if you haven't discovered it yet. *** ½