March Books 18) Transmetropolitan: Tales of Human Waste

18) Transmetropolitan: Tales of Human Waste, by Warren Ellis

I got this because I had picked up recommendations for Ellis’ Transmetropolitan series from various sources, and this fairly slim volume was numbered #0 in the shop, so I guessed it might be important introductory or prefatory material. Well, if it is, I’m not sure I can be bothered to follow up with the rest of the series. The book starts with a short story about how much protagonist Spider Jerusalem hates Christmas and other people, and it’s then a series of several dozen single-shot images by different leading comics artists, each ostensibly illustrating a different instalment of Jerusalem’s misanthropic newspaper column. Some of the illustrations, as you would hope, are indeed striking, but the combined effort is neither thought-provoking nor funny, and I began wondering pretty soon why I was supposed to care about this unpleasant character or his unpleasant opinions. Perhaps if I’d read the rest of Transmetropolitan I’d know the answer, but based on this I am not going to rush to do so.

One thought on “March Books 18) Transmetropolitan: Tales of Human Waste

  1. Lets have some ideas rather than just disaster. 18 doesnt go into 16 so some people are going to be unhappy no matter what just ask Alasdair McDonnell or Gregory Campbell – although triple jobbing Gregory might be moved elsewhere

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