Thursday, June 01, 2006
Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis (published 1997-2004)
Transmetropolitan: fiction with bile, black humour & an inbuilt nasty taste in the mouth.
Welcome to the city, welcome to the future. Everything is different, technology enables you to do everything & anything you want or can dream of. The possibilities are endless, breathtaking & yours for the taking.
Unfortunately, you (& all humanity) just wants to drink, get laid & generally be as vile & nasty as always, only now you all have bigger & better toys to play with.
This is the premise of Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson; People are vile, evil & small. Of course this isn’t the thing that makes it such a great read, hell, everybody with eyes & half a functioning brain can work out that people are horrible, nasty little things. What makes it great is the passion & intensity Ellis puts into the embodiment of his hatred; Spider Jerusalem, outlaw journalist whose only major flaw is his desperate search for the truth. Killer stories & Robertson’s artwork make TMP a real treat.
The scary thing, looking back on Transmetropolitan just a few years after it's finished is how relevant so much of the media and cultural references were and how many of the insane ideas Warren came up with are either here or are going to be with us soon.
We're living in the future right now.
Wikipedia entry, Warren Ellis.com, Darick Robertson,