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Two books this past week.

1) Transmetropolitan: Year of the Bastard - Warren Ellis
The third volume in the series finds antihero protagonist Spider Jerusalem snookered into covering the upcoming elections, which pit the boorish incumbent (nicknamed The Beast) against a squeaky clean senator whose perpetual smile one can't but help find suspicious. Spider thus begins digging, and turns up some information with the potential to seriously scuttle the challenger's campaign.

One thing I love about this series is its all around quality. Lots of graphic novels have great art or a great concept or great pacing or great dialogue, but it's a rare series that has them all at once. Transmetropolitan is that series, and this arc ups the ante with a shocking conclusion that is brutally, cynically realistic.


2) Transmetropolitan: The New Scum - Warren Ellis
The New Scum continues where volume 3 left off, only this time it's The Beast who's after an interview and the Spider Bump. Ellis continues to seamlessly balance plot development and worldbuilding. Furthermore, fans of graphic novels will be well aware that there's a graveyard out there filled with authors who attempted sexual humor and only ended up embarrassing themselves; Ellis schools them here, and in under four pages. The standalone story at the volume's conclusion is a bit of a letdown, but overall, this book maintains the high quality of its predecessors.



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