Review: Transmetropolitan Vol. 0: Tales of Human Waste

Transmetropolitan Vol. 0: Tales of Human WasteTransmetropolitan Vol. 0: Tales of Human Waste by Warren Ellis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ll keep it brief, because this is a jeu d’esprit rather than a book requiring weighty analysis. In Transmetropolitan proper, Spider Jerusalem writes a column called ‘I hate it here’. This book is a selection from those columns, each illustrated with artwork by one of a multitude of artists. The pieces themselves range from quite moving to frankly silly (I particularly like the one where Spider’s assistant tries to explain his ‘Pharaoh for a day’ exploits, and the fitting fate of his editor).

So, it’s loads of fun. It provides a bit of context around the main thrust of Transmetropolitan by showing just how well-rounded a character Spider really is (i.e. he has no life at all) and proves once again that when it comes to chemically induced ultraviolence, Spider Jerusalem leaves Hunter S Thompson nowhere.

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