1, Back on the Street

Graphic Novel - 2009
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One-time journalist Spider Jerusalem, secluded in his house in the mountains, is called back to his natural, and hated habitat: the City. Filled with noise, filth, energy, and stories, the City throbs and convulses with life. For anyone who can maintain his sanity, it's a writer's paradise. For Spider, it's also the inferno.
Publisher: New York :, Vertigo/DC Comics,, 2009.
ISBN: 9781401220846
Branch Call Number: GN ELLI
Characteristics: 142 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Robertson, Darick - Artist
Alternative Title: Back on the street


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OPL_JacobL Apr 10, 2020

The first book in a graphic novel series that grows frightfully similar to our own, Transmetropolitan is a story about fighting back against injustice with the mighty weapon of words. Spider Jerusalem, the anti-hero protagonist of this book, is a journalist who is brought from his remote mountain home to pick up the pen one more time to tear down an evil politician.

Dec 08, 2016

Don't bail on this series early! Transmetropolitan starts off full of strong visual invention, but weak on writing and thin on plot. Trust me...the writing eventually catches up with the art. I read the series in its 10 volume softbound iteration and the story doesn’t really get rolling until volume 3 or 4. Even writer Warren Ellis admits that his writing had to catch up with the art in the early stages; Darick Robertson was simply outperforming him. By the end of the series, however, I had fallen in love with gonzo journalist Spider Jerusalem and his messed up dystopian world. The visceral anarchy of Transmetropolitan's toddler stage grows, over time, into some of the most biting social commentary I've encountered in a graphic novel. Stick with this one. You won’t be disappointed.

Nov 04, 2015

Starts out promising, with our hero as a hairy mountain man who blows up his "favorite" bar, reminding me of Lobo. But then he sort of morphs into Hunter Thompson & a bunch of other stuff happens but I can't really get into it. Well-drawn, but I think the writing is pretty trash.

PorcusWallabee Dec 04, 2012

Spider Jerusalem is a caricature of one of the most outrageous journalists in recent memory. He's also a new kind of superhero. He may kick in an idiot's teeth for being an asshole, but he will save them from certain death on the next page, all from the comfort of his typewriter.

Jean-Pierre Lebel
Feb 29, 2012

Hilarious. Transmetropolitan is a unique series set in a dystopian future where no one but the protagonist Spider Jerusalem is concerned about uncovering the truth. The stories were packed with dark humour that made me laugh out loud (LOL) several times. Not recommended for those easily offended, although maybe you should read it anyway. :-)

Aug 09, 2011

Unfortunately, SPL only has the old version of this first collection, but have the new versions of the second one. This means that there is no way, currently, to read issues number 4-6 of this series. Request: can the library get a new version so that we can see the entire series in order, please? Thanks!

Nov 04, 2010

Probably one of my favourite series out there. Warren Ellis takes you on a dark twisted journey and you may just find yourself laughing at the most inappropriate times. Very intersesting and very unique, may not be for everyone but I've certainly discovered my new hero.

Sep 02, 2009

Certainly, this is Warren Ellis' most successful series and for good reason: The adventures of the reporter Spider Jerusalem (yup, a Hunter S. Thompson rip-off) always in search of truth and beauty in a dystopic time never comes off too cheap or trite. Some bits are over the top but, for the most part, it is a solid series.


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Feb 13, 2013

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Sep 02, 2009

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laloremes Oct 30, 2013

In the first volume of the series, we get introduced to Spider Jerusalem in the most peaceful time of his life. An unfinished book contract compels him to return to his old role of journalist and to The City. Here, with his subtle powers of persuasion, manages to find a job with an editor as a columnist.

Throughout this volume, we learn about the bizarre super-consumerist, hyper-technological energy of The City. Humans transitioning into aliens, entangled political conspiracies, Absurdist TV shows, and religions made by the hour are just some of the stories that Spider Jerusalem deals with in his journalistic journey to dig through the bullshit of this world.


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