Transmetropolitan: Year of the Bastard – Warren Ellis

There is an election looming and Spider Jerusalem must put his social engineering skills to work on the outcome.

This is a single story with a coherent narrative, strong characterisation, and a protagonist you root for. What has gone wrong? This isn’t the literary anarchy we have come to expect from Ellis. Sure there are off the wall sci-fi ideas and obscure literary references but our misanthrope leading man transforms into Robin Hood. Hmmmmm.

The art is top notch stuff and features some of the most expressive human illustration ever. Spider emotes through his whole body and you can feel his pain in his posture, his gate and even his sweat.

Transmet goes mainstream turning down the anarchy to come up with a story that wouldn’t look out of place in an Ex Machina volume. Apart from the pills, expletives, head-butting, and powdered children.

There is also a short Christmas story and brief cover gallery. Thumbs Up!

258/107

Tomorrow: Transmetropolitan: The New Scum – Warren Ellis

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