Hideout: Bibliodiscoteque #13
In his short but unique series Fell, Warren Ellis writes, “None of you are nothing to me.” Through the brutality and filth of Ellis’ storytelling, that one phrase sums up the feeling he brings to all of his work. There is a central crooked vein of hope that feeds his book’s sprouting characters who fight for the future.
Transmetropolitan is all about hope. It is about turning off your television and iDevice and getting involved with the world. It is a morality tale serviced by a drug-addled bastard whose violent reaction to falsehoods and lies is the stuff of adolescent fantasy. Who among us has daydreamed of knowing the dark secrets of society and dragging them to the attention of the world or sinking political Titanics with icebergs of truth?
Spider Jerusalem is that part in all of us that screams for justice through bullhorns. He is an anti-hero we support for the same reason we read Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail and applaud Bill Hicks or George Carlin. He is the voice in our collective minds that drives us to point at injustice and yell, “Bullshit!”
Transmetropolitan is not just about Spider Jerusalem and his filthy assisitants bringing down a mad President. It isn’t just about bowel-disrupting guns or people with split alien DNA forming religions. It is about the City. It is about looking to your left and right as you live your life and caring about those people too. The end result of Transmet is, if we don’t look out for each other, who will?
Thanks to Miss Hannah Tess for the cover art.
Episode 13 – Transmetropolitan
- I Love Livin’ In The City – F.E.A.R.
- Avenue – The Stumblebums
- These Streets – Mutiny
- Four Button Suit – The Makers
- Self-medication – The Commonwealth of American Natives
- While You Were Out – The Orphans
- Nobody’s Scream – Mr. Monsterhead
- Living – Circle Jerks
- Ideas Are Bulletproof – The Pist
- Dumbing Down Democracy (Album Version) – Mystery Girls
- The Potter’s Field – Fisticuffs
- America – Agent Orange
- We Shall Not Be Moved – This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb
- Rip ‘Em Off – Showcase Showdown
- I Need Destruction – Kermit’s Finger
- Ambulance – Armitage Shanks
- Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight – The Rezillos
- Don’t Pray On Me - William Elliott Whitmore
- Moment of Truth – Molly Maguires
- Thanks, Bastards! – Mischief Brew
- Set Me Free – Greenland Whalefishers
- Transmetropolitan – The Pogues
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