Sunday, June 23, 2013

Transmetropolitan'O'ton #2

How doesn't love Futurama? A 20th century kid gets frozen and wakes up in the year 3000. Simple concept yet rich in comedy and stories. Well, Transmetropolitan has its own version of that story. Grittier, darker and way more depressing of course.

Actually this second volume is more a collection of issue long stories than a continuous story arc. Some will have impact in the future, others will be just footnotes in the grander scheme of thing, but there is one you'll probably re-read once you get to volume 8 or 9.

How is it?

By telling 5 different issue long stories plus a bunch of short stories this volume slows things down a bit from the first volume. However it plants the seeds for many future plot points. Not all of this stories will create ripples in the Transmetropolitan Universe, but the ones that don't make it up with gripping and (dark) humorous story telling.

The story that resonated more on me is the Futurama "ish" one. Mary had a good life. She lived, loved, witnessed the World changing. She got old and death became a certainty. On the moment of her dead she was put in cryopreservation. In Spider Jerusalem's time she was unfrozen, cloned and release upon the world with a beautiful, slim and fit young body.

However her new birth is not as fun and easy like in Futurama. Transmetropolitan's timeline is a harsh and unforgiving place. Its nothing like the world Mary left behind. Mary will pop up here and there in the upcoming volumes.

Sad Channon is Sad
The other stories are equally entertaining, but in other ways. You'll get to see past Spider, Channon's energy based ex-boyfriend, a talking dog-cop and many other quirky characters.

Art wise in this volume we see Darick Robertson becoming comfortable with the art style he created for Transmetropolitan. Most characters start to be drawn in a consistent way and nowhere is that more visible than on Spider Jerusalem himself. From this point on there is only one word to describe his art. Fantastic.


This is a good volume of a great series. Some characters are introduced, other are fleshed out and some very important details are laid out for you. Don't miss this.

Publisher: Vertigo
Year: 2009
Pages: 144
Authors: Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson,

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  1. I like Futurama, and I absolutely love Transmetropolitan. That Sad Channon character is really something special, eh?

    1. Yes she is, and she'll be with Spider, in one way or another, all the way until the very end (of Transmetropolitan that is).