Transmetropolitan: Lonely City – Warren Ellis

Be careful what you wish for. Just as the last volume goes all mainstream and accessible, tempering Spider’s pathological belligerence, this one swings back the other way with single page musings on subjects that you aren’t quite sure are fictional. Kind of Alan Wicker meets Terry Gilliam.

Next is a single issue story which sees Spider and Filthy Assistants practice some aggressive journalism. Then onto the main three part story focussing on police brutality which really ramps up the tension initiated in the last volume. It has a powerful ending and you can’t wait for the next part.

The art starts to experiment with digital techniques with the odd focus pull and motion blur. Whilst used appropriately these are still a jarring new sight. We are used to our weirdness hand-drawn. Other than that it is on top form displaying its broad creative prowess.

This volume and the series in general seems to be trying to be all things to all people; from mainstream political thriller to surreal tone poem. It won’t please all of the people all of the time but when it hits your spot it is very good indeed. There is even an introduction from Patrick Stewart. Thumbs Up!

260/105

Tomorrow: Transmetropolitan: Gouge Away – Warren Ellis

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