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Comic: Transmetropolitan

Creator: Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson


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In a comic book store, whilst looking for something else, no doubt...
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2002, I was 19 and at university - the perfect time to discover this rebellious comic series
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In Depth


A gonzo journalist in a post cyberpunk future.

Described by Patrick Stewart, no less, as "futuristic satire... as clever as anything you'll see in Private Eye", Transmetropolitan was a series published by DC Comics' short-lived Helix Comics imprint.

Set in the corrupt and violent City (clearly based on New York), it centred on Spider Jerusalem, a renegade journalist in the mould of Hunter S Thompson. Returning from retirement, he uncovers a culture of brutality and rampant consumerism presided over by a corrupt president, nicknamed "the Beast".

Jerusalem's story unfolded over 60 issues before coming to a close in 2002. In the vein of all good science fiction, writer Ellis used the series to comment on a wide array of current political and social issues, from civil disobedience to race crime. He even went so far as to directly quote from George W Bush in an immoral politician's election campaign: "There ought to be limits to freedom".

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