This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the Major Spoilers Crew are taking on Transmetropolitan Volume 1 from Vertigo Comics.

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In this first volume, Spider ventures into the dangerous Angels 8 district, home of the Transients — humans who have decided to become aliens through cosmetic surgery. But Spider’s interview with the Transients’ leader gets him a scoop he didn’t bargain for. And don’t miss Spider’s first confrontation with the President of the United States . . . in a men’s room.

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  1. this series is one of those ‘why did i wait that long to read it’ for me. every time i read a TPB and was done, i had to get the next one. so every week for 2 months i went to my LCS and bought a volume or 2. it is that awesome.

    a great view and critic of the society we live in and where it is going.

  2. Loved this series, but I didn’t really want to.

    When I started reading it, I immediately wanted to discount it as another gritty, cynical, bloody comic offering snark and calling it insight.

    Come to find out as I read that the beauty of the comic was not in its cynicism, but in its hidden hopeful message. The beauty Spider Jerusalem finds in everyday things is more visceral and, in the end, more transcendent because it lives in such a grim background.

    The comic was also startlingly relevant because of Ellis’s desire to create commentary on events of the day. Viewed in that context, Ellis and Robertson are creating futuristic commentary that is grounded solidly in the time it was created. That said, it does have an element of timelessness in its depiction of culture, counter-culture, ethnocentrism, xenophobia and disillusionment.

    Also, Long Pig meat cloning is a reality.—shmeat


  3. Transmetropolitan is a really good read, but when I picked up this volume to reread it in advance of the podcast, I found that I’ve never read the last two collections.

    This may be due to the fact that I OD’d on Warren Ellis a few years back, first thinking he was the greatest writer in comics, then coming to the conclusion that his protagonists are all frighteningly similar. Plus, I’m still wondering if Ministry of Space #3 ever came out. I haven’t read anything he’s done in several years, so maybe a new read of Transmet will get me interested in his stuff again…

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