Transmetropolitan VOL 02: Lust for Life (Transmetropolitan (Graphic Novels)) Paperback – February 1, 1999
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- Publisher : Vertigo (February 1, 1999)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1563894815
- ISBN-13 : 978-1563894817
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.15 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #296,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There two aspects of the series that make it especially interesting to me. First, no other comic series explores the meaning of the media in general and the Fourth Estate in particular. For all his cynicism and rebelliousness, anti-hero Spider Jerusalem is a journalist who believes that reporting should strive to make the world a better place . . . or at least not quite so bad. Sometimes Spider's posing and stunts get in the way of that, but Ellis does manage to get the story back around to that conceit from time to time. Second, the series goes further than any other I know in looking at the furthest extremes of what people will do to remake and reconstruct themselves. Many writers have pointed out that ours is already a Cyborg culture. How else can you characterize someone who has an artificial hip, a pacemaker, and lasik eye surgery? Other writers, like Ray Kurzweil and Hans Moravec, have fantasized about a utopian future in which the human brain is sliced up and downloaded into a database, where one's consciousness can enjoy a virtual immortality (though personally, I just think of this as a bizarre way to die). Many of these notions are taken up and explored in the Transmet series.
The two books that begin the series are good, but newcomers should keep in mind that it gets much better in subsequent volumes. So while I recommend this, I even more strongly recommend reading the volumes that follow.
Years after his escape, his publisher drags him back into the city, wanting the books he was promised five years back. Needing money to live in the city, he whores himself out to The Word, a newspaper run by an old friend. These are his "adventures."
Spider is brilliant, witty, and cynical. Through his eyes, Ellis gives an outlook of a bizarre future in which Aliens have landed, corporate America manages to advertise in your dreams, and reporters can write off their drug habits as a journalistic expense.
This is the second collection of Transmetropolitan, following back on the streets. Reprinted are issues 4-12. Spider is both hostage and witness as events unfold. Fortunately, it's ammunition which he fires right back at the world.
Spider can turn anything into an article, from the consequences of cryogenic freezing and restoration to simple Television. He visits reservations from the sensible to the logical extreme, and provides political commentary (And even rearranges their bowels). He encounters death threats and tangles with religion.
Let's not beat around the bushes here. This is a comic book. Fancy words aside, it's packages exactly as Spider-Man or Batman would be. That's where the similarities end. This is not aimed at children, and probably shouldn't be read by children. There is blood, gore, nudity, and thought-provoking material
What we do have is Warren Ellis' own use of the medium--A twisted, often dark, and humorous look at a futuristic world. his portrayal is brilliant, steps ahead of almost every other writer in the field of comics.
Brilliance in such a simplistic medium. Such a refreshing and innovative series.
I really like how Transmetropolitan is set in the future, but it just jumps into the story. There isn't any reference to "...300 years from now, when the government is more corrupt and etc...etc." It just jumps in and tells the story. This book extremely well written and is all about a good story.
I just finished Volume 2 last night, and I ordered the next two volumes today. It comprises issues 7 - 12 of the 60-issue series, so you get a lot of comics in this graphic novel. I really liked how it seems to do a lot of setup and characterization for the story to come.
I thought it was really cool where in the future, they've invented cancer suppressants for smokers so that you can smoke all that you want to without getting sick. Not that smoking's cool, I just think it's cool that there are options. I also thought it was really well done how Channon's boyfriend uploaded himself into foglets, which are the nanobots of the future.
Please start reading this series if you haven't. I recommend it to everyone! (In the mature audiences demographic, of course.)