Transmetropolitan, the utterly brilliant sf comic created by Darick Robinson and Warren Ellis, has published its penultimate issue, closing the story-arc that's run since 1997 (1996?).
This is one of the best works of science fiction I've ever read, real big ideas stuff with a pathologically gritty perspective. There's loads of humor, stories that are touching and human, even when they're about transhumans.
Ellis wrote the story as a series of three-comic short stories -- every three issues closed a little story arc and advanced the overall plot. Even though the story came in these little bites, there was always a sense that the story was going somewhere. This wasn't the story of Peter Parker's twenty years in costume -- this was a story with a beginning, a middle and an end.
When I finished number 59 yesterday, I wanted to leap to my feet and applaud. Ellis is closing out the story with confidence and vigor, bringing together loose ends from the earliest books in the series, doing justice to a plot that I've been utterly engrossed in for five years.
There are six Transmet collections for sale today, each collecting six comics. I really hope that DC puts out an omnibus collection with all sixty books in it; this is the most engrossing comic I've read since The Watchmen.
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Learning to code is a perfect way to grow your technical sophistication, and open up a host of new career options. But since most “learn to code” initiatives focus heavily on web development, it can be tough to find good resources for general-purpose computer science outside of a 4-year degree program. To get a broad […]
While many newer smartphones boast decent water resistance, most of us are still stuck with the kind of handsets that need to spend the night in a bowl of rice when they get wet. If you want to enjoy your favorite podcasts in the shower but are holding out for your next phone upgrade, this […]