25 February 2010

Weird Sci-Fi Graphic Novel

Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1: Back on the Street by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson is a sci-f dystopia story. It is really strange. Day glo colors, a crazy, anti-hero journalist, body modification take to it's extreme of species modification. The City is a dystopia and Spider Jerusalem, journalist/author, hates everything about it. He's spent 5 years, and his publisher's advance for his next book, living in the mountains outside the City. He only comes back because the publisher is threatening to sue. Once he returns, he gets a job writing a column and the rest of the book is the story he follows to write said column.

I did like the art; it is almost an adult "where's waldo" in every panel. all the Cityscape is overstuffed. This future is one of extreme sensory overload, which i feel might be a way we are headed. The writing is good and the story comes along in the last couple issues of the volume. In the final issue covered i even liked Spider, just not enough to make up for the fact that i didn't like him the rest of the time. I guess that is why i didn't particularly like this book.

My library has several volumes of this series but not the second one. I don't know when I'll be able to get back to it, or if i even want to. a 4 from me.

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