Tuesday, September 27, 2011
"Transmetropolitan" - Warren Ellis - Volumes 9 and 10
There is an implied apology by Darick Robertson in the acknowledgments at the very end of "Transmetropolitan." He explains that he was giving the artwork all he could, even if it seems like he's given up. It DOES seem like he's given up: the quality significantly decreases and someone named Rodney Ramos apparently pitched in. By Robertson's admission, he finished some issues in as little as three days.
So if the previously detailed art suffered, and most of the gags are reiterations of previous imagery, what's to be said for the winding down of Spider Jerusalem? Neurologically doomed by an excess of journalistic dedication, Spider has to bring down President Callahan before the haze sets in. The problem, plot wise, is that Callahan is about as threatening as a bowel-disruptor set on "fart." He's like Major Quimby in "The Simpsons." Warren Ellis concludes everything like a decent gentleman should, but I was disappointed by how the HUGE intricate world of the future was neglected for a TINY "expose the horny politician" scandal. "Transmetropolitan" began by being about sooo much; why did it end by being about a silly Kennedy parody?