Must Read: Transmetropolitan

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Must-read comics are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-read is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: Transmetropolitan
Date: 1998 - 2004 (reprinting material from 1997 - 2003).

Vitals: In a familiar cyberpunk dystopian future ruled by politicians who care more about themselves than the people who elected them, one man dares to speak truth to power. Sadly, that one man is journalist and misanthrope Spider Jerusalem.

Famous names: The comic that made writer Warren Ellis into an internet phenomenon beloved of camgirls worldwide also, sadly, made Darick Robertson into the artist that not enough people adore.

Crunchy goodness: 4

Elevator pitch: Hunter S. Thompson wakes up one morning to find himself inside a Neal Stephenson novel. Hilarity ensues.


Stunt casting: To say that Spider Jerusalem is based on Hunter S. Thompson is a slight understatement. But look for echoes of Richard Nixon and Tony Blair in the political figures in the story.

Memorable product tie-in: For the true fans of the series, publishers DC Comics produced versions of Jerusalem's 3-D glasses for sale. The price per pair? A cheap $125.

Transmetropolitan official site.

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