(EBOOK / KINDLE) Transmetropolitan Vol 1 Back on the Street By Warren Ellis

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  • Transmetropolitan Vol 1 Back on the Street
  • Warren Ellis
  • English
  • 06 July 2020
  • 9781563894459

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Warren Ellis Ì 2 Characters Free read å Transmetropolitan Vol 1 Back on the Street 102 After years of self imposed exile from a civilization rife with degradation and indecency cynical journalist Spider Jerusalem is forced to return to a job that he hat. Comics have been going through a very public struggle with maturity for some time now They were well on their way to catching up with other art forms until they were hit with the Comics Code in the fifties The code was an outgrowth of reactionary postwar witch hunting a la McCarthyism and succeeded in bowdlerizing and stultifying an entire medium for thirty yearsFor example all crime had to be portrayed as sordid and no criminals could be sympathetic There goes any comic book retellings of Robin Hood Good always had to triumph over evil and seduction could never be shown or suggested In trying to write around these and other rules it s not surprising that code era books got a little weird in their search for original plots Superman s Pal Jimmy Olson was forced to marry a gorilla no fewer than three separate occasionsWhen they finally did shake off the yoke following trailblazers like Steve Gerber and Alan Moore authors were a bit over enthusiastic full as they were of pent up stories and themes What followed is collouially known as the Dark Age where all heroes were bad dudes everyone had guns and Wolverine guest starred in twelve comics a monthThe release of all that pent up violence and sexuality hit the industry like a ton of bricks and soon anyone who was anyone was penning stories of decapitation and prostitution until someone titled a comic Youngblood Bloodshot Deathmate Red This Blood s For You and everyone decided it was time to go home The authors seemed to assume that the inclusion of mature themes made for mature stories when in reality they were about as mature as a high schooler s marginaliaAnd this struggle is still going on to one degree or another At the low end Liefeld is still out there writing the same action plots and somewhat better is Ennis whose Preacher is a love letter to swearing gross outs and bromance Transmet for brevity also has its share of sex violence and puerile humor but for Ellis this is than just an exploitation romp it s a means to an endThough underground comics were rife with subversion and political satire mainstream comics have shown up rather late to the party Moore s comics are often political especially his early works Watchmen and V for Vendetta but these were rather serious takes coming from the school of post modern realismIn Transmet Ellis is coming at the issue from a later vantage that of subversive culture jamming most evident in his nods to Hunter S Thompson s Gonzo Journalism In the sixties writers of varying stripes adopted this style in rejection of the repressive fifties but it took longer to spread to comicsWe can see the same form in action in Transmet in Ellis protagonist Spider Jerusalem a post cyberpunk stand in for Thompson Most of the time Spider is following a spiral of madcap self destruction doing ridiculous violent amoral childish things in order to break people out of their daily ruts The first step of this kind of subversion is always to break through assumptions refusing to play within the system because house rules favor the houseThere is a good deal of humor and adventure in these romps and their childish unsophistication is part of their charm and their power He s an unpredictable moving target and though all his actions are focused on specific goals he makes sure that he is dangerous and entertaining enough to make his markThis is where the second step comes in Once you have grabbed their attention and torn down their expectations your audience is primed to listen to you with fresh ears This is the whole point of bombast wit and humor Comedians and Court Jesters are funny because it command attention and allows them to approach issues obliuely sidestepping the usual thought terminating clichesWhen Ellis gets these moments he doesn t put them to waste As a writer he is capable of a biting vibrancy that few other authors can match in comics or sci fi He hits some of the high points of his impressive career in this book but then perhaps that s not so surprising This book is relying on two very powerful writing traditions Gonzo and Cyberpunk which both use similar methods of witty idiomatic information overload to communicate their message What saves this book from the cartoonish violence of a book like Preacher is what always saves cyberpunk the pure strength of writingBoth styles share an obsession with synthesis creating a complex mix of disparate social elements and theories without growing too focused on any particular element That is why the baroue high water mark of revolutionary psychadelic writing shares the same location as the birthplace of cyberpunk Philip K Dick and IlluminatusGibson really blew everything else out of the water with Neuromancer and the attempt to pick up the pieces is called post cyberpunk It s a collectio of disparate writings sharing a theme and a setting but widely disagreeing on most everything else Gibson s book was so prescient and still is that everyone else is trying to prove themselves the next technological and social prophetThere have been a lot of people jumping on the bandwagon but Neal Stephenson s Snow Crash stands out as one of the most interesting complex and purely enjoyable of the lot Conseuently I spent a lot of time trying and failing to find another book that could match it but with little luck Not even Stephenson s been able to live up to itBut there is a lot in Transmet that meets that desire for another Snow Crash and maybe that shouldn t be so surprising since Snow Crash was originally scripted to be a comic It s almost as full of ideas it s as unpredictable and enjoyable and the writing has that precise mixture of intellectual and pulp actionThat being said sci fi is not Ellis strong suit This is a soft sci fi if there ever was one and Ellis society doesn t hold up to the originality and perverse plausibility of Stephenson s Ellis gives us sentient nanoclouds next to still frame cameras activated by button It s not as bad as Star Trek where you can disintegrate and remotely reintegrate people but can t fix a broken back but it s not a hard sci fi built around the changes technology brings Ellis is concerned with his characters and his politics but luckily he tends to hit his mark with them Spider like most of Ellis protagonists is a black hearted cynical bastard who lives by his own code and leaves a swathe of destruction behind but as usual he still manages to make him sympathetic At his best Ellis manages to remember that Spider s flaws are flaws though sometimes and particularly as he wraps the story up Spider gets to be too much crotchety hero and too little amoral force of nature But it s a good comic and than that it s a good piece of sci fi though on the Speculative Fiction end since it s concerned with exploring the uestion of what makes us human rather than what makes travel above c possible It s sad and unfair that it never got an Eisner it surely deserved itIn fact it s a crime that this great sci fi series ended in 2002 and that same year the Nebula and Clarke awards went to a rewrite of Flowers for Algernon whose sci fi elements were superfluous to the story But then it s usually too much to hope that a book will both be well written and get accoladesRobertson s art is also solid though I m hard pressed to think of any interior artist who could match Darrow s covers but Robertson does admirably His vision of the future is amusingly detailed and unusual enough to transport us away and his sense of pacing is strongIt s worth noting that it took the world twenty years to catch up with Neuromancer with the premiere of the first Matrix and that this series predates that landmark social event by several years As we move closer to The Singularity and technologies are developed and uickly predicting the future will become and difficult Already sci fi is shifting to predicting next year instead of next century But Transmet looks further than that because like all great thinkers Ellis recognizes that to look forward we must look back His update of the dystopia to revolutionary politics post WWII is inspired especially as it is twisted with Gonzo Journalism and Post Cyberpunk The best ideas are never one idea and though Spider s politics sometimes grow to dominate the series Ellis still contrasts them with a multitude of concepts leaving us with a pleasing depth of insightI can only hope that comic authors will realize that sex and violence even at their most over the top can be vital complex parts of a story but only if they have a point There is no story element too outrageous for the arsenal of a talented driven authorAs usual it s a joy to see Ellis madcap style as he plugs the dangling cords from the cyberpunk machine into the rusty dystopian engine until the whole thing lights up like a 500 channel cold fission laser guided Christmas tree You could do worse My Suggested Readings in Comics

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Transmetropolitan Vol 1 Back on the Street

Warren Ellis Ì 2 Characters Free read å Transmetropolitan Vol 1 Back on the Street 102 Ombining black humor life threatening situations and moral ambiguity this book is the first look into the mind of an outlaw journalist and the world he seeks to destr. When these comics originally came out in the late 1990 s the comic book industry lay in ashes The speculation bubble had just burst hundreds of retail stores were going out of business many publishers were downsizing or declaring bankruptcy It was a time when comic books had to reinvent themselves or fade into obscurity a time when something as unconventional and confrontational as Transmetropolitan felt like it might actually have a chance when somebody as cocky and subversive and spectacular and capable as renegade gonzo journalist Spider Jerusalem seemed like the man for the jobRereading the series now I see little than a cartoon version of the Hunter S Thompson persona competently done and entertaining enough yes but not exactly groundbreaking Still I ve always felt that pop culture belongs to the young so I am not going to sneer at mini me five stars from my younger and better looking self three from the current one who is in the process of packing up four sounds like a fair compromise

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Warren Ellis Ì 2 Characters Free read å Transmetropolitan Vol 1 Back on the Street 102 Es and a city that he loathes Working as an investigative reporter for the newspaper The Word Spider attacks the injustices of his surreal 23rd Century surroundings C. Written by one of my favorite comic writers Warren Ellis This series is in the running for my top five favorite comics of all time That might seem like faint praise until you consider the fact that it s competing with comics like Sandman Bone Hellboy Lucifer and Girl Genius