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10/29/2002: Transmetropolitan

I finally read the first Transmetropolitan collection , and I rather liked it. (I always forget what this format is called that is not quite a trade paperback because it collects too few issues, three in this case, but not a stapled regular comic book either, was it prestige format?)

I have wanted to check it out ever since I saw a couple of original Transmetropolitan pages at the comic convention in Erlangen this year, and heard Darick Robertson talk about the series there. Of course it didn't hurt that Basingstoke also recommended it to me. Somehow the series is not that well known here, or maybe it was just me not noticing it.

I like the wacky, disturbing, yet still somehow believable (and not totally unrealistic) version of a future. And I'm definitely curious enough to want to read the rest. Unfortunately, I can't afford to buy a couple of TPBs at once right now, actually my finances still haven't fully recovered from the convention in June, so I guess it'll be a while until I get all parts...

Anyway, I'm starting to like Spider Jerusalem, even (or maybe because) he's an unfriendly, cynic SOB. I really like the scene with the GODTI 101 Maker, "My household appliance is on drugs. Horrible." That made me smile.

As a side note, I found it highly amusing that each time a naked female breast was drawn, there wasn't a nipple but something else instead, either crossed band-aids, bar codes etc., so either DC Comics has a problem with nipples even in their "mature audiences" Vertigo line, or it is a graphical joke on hypocritical censors, anyway, I found this practice delightfully silly.

(BTW, it seems the server is still on daylight saving time. I emailed support yesterday morning, and they said they'd fix it, but obviously haven't done so yet.)

Posted by RatC @ 10:56 AM CET
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Transmet is an excellent series; up to #36 are out in trades, and the series is wrapping up, so hopefully the others will follow soon.

I find the art in the series to be brilliant - it's bright and schizoid and futuristic, much like Spider. Sometimes I think that reading the comic is like living in his brain for a little, which isn't a sense I often get from comics, and I love it when I do.

Posted by laura jv @ 10/29/2002 06:34 PM CET