Graphic Novel/Comics Review

Transmetropolitan: Year of the Bastard

(2001) Warren Ellis/Darick Robertson/Rodney Ramos, Titan Books, 9.99, trdpbk, 144pp, ISBN 1-84023-293-5

Hunter S Thompson-inspired journalist Spider Jerusalem goes on the campaign trail (no doubt with Fear & Loathing) to cover the opposition party convention as they strive to nominate their candidate for the Presidential election. Can Senator Gary "Smiler" Callahan beat his fascist opponent, Senator Heller, or is the fix already in? Jerusalem is forced to take on his editor's neice as his assistant while he copes with his rediscovered fame and attempts to write his column, 'I HateIt Here'. Bile and humour abound throughout all the way to the shock conclusion in this terrific collection of issues 13-18 of the monthly Vertigo/DC comic. Ellis is definitely in the top 5 of comics writers today, and Robertson and Ramos supply deft artwork (full of in-jokes) reminiscent of Steve Dillon. Highly recommended.

Tony Chester

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