This could be Ellis’ easiest gig. He simply indulges in his tipple of choice and rants incoherently about anything, and then it gets turned into a comic. Genius! Or it could be Gonzo life writing like Hunter S. Thompson or a stream-of-consciousness epic like James Joyce’s Ulysses. Add to that a grimy future composed of all the ideas too weird to fit any mainstream title and Voila. You the reader must decide if the Emperor of comics is clothed or au naturel.
There are several single issue stories that do look like soapbox of the week but are nevertheless entertainingly told. Then follows a three-part story with plenty of action and drama. There some great ideas, world building and character development. You are also beginning to warm to our favourite anti-hero.
The art is great and despite being clear as a bell has lot of anarchic energy. There is clever composition, eye catching angles and several hidden jokes to be found in the background. Action is handled very well and you get a great sense of depth and motion. No matter how bizarre the future becomes it is all depicted in a realistic way.
You can easily see why this gained a cult following and look forward to more adventures with a homicidally cantankerous protagonist. Thumbs Up!
Tomorrow: Transmetropolitan: Year of the Bastard – Warren Ellis