Transmetropolitan, Vol. 8 by Warren Ellis

Transmetropolitan, Vol. 8

Transmetropolitan created by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson.

Details Transmetropolitan, Vol. 8

TitleTransmetropolitan, Vol. 8
Release DateApr 1st, 2003
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction, Fiction, Cyberpunk, Comic Book

Reviews Transmetropolitan, Vol. 8

  • Sesana
    It's getting kind of stressful to read this series. Not because it's bad. I'm invested in these characters and I'm getting absorbed in this crazy world. And there's at least one more shoe left to drop. I can feel it. It's made each volume a little harder to pick up, because I know something awful will happen. But I can't stay away, because I need to know what will happen. This is no exception. It's interesting how Ellis can just keep raising the ...
  • Sam Quixote
    Warren Ellis has written the series so far with 3-issue bursts of a linear story with a couple of one shot issues that either expand the world or are side stories to the overall story arc but with “Dirge” he ditches this arrangement and goes straight out for the story arc. A sniper is picking off innocents in the Print District at the same time the police have “blue flu” and decide to call in sick, en masse. Something’s up and Spider’...
  • Jedi JC Daquis
    Finally, something substantial happened in Dirge! after two to three volumes of going almost nothing, Spider Jerusalem and his filthy assistants make a nove against the Smiler, but this volume also shows how powerful their opponent is. Well, that would be obvious since they are going against the president.Spider's sickness is also taking a toll on him and the doctor said he may not live that long.This volume gains up some speed, which tells me th...
  • Fox
    I hate it here, but I love this series.Warren Ellis has crafted the outrageous gonzo journalist from sheer hate, cynicism, rage, and good humor. He has infused him with an altruism that is remarkable and relentless, a thirst for justice purely unquenchable, and a righteous wrath that would set any red-blooded human's heart a-pumping. Transmetropolitan is priceless, and truly shocking in the way the cyberpunk series continues to hit home.With the ...
  • Otherwyrld
    If volume 7 felt a bit scattered then volume 8 more than makes up for it by being laser focused. Two seemingly unconnected tragedies - a sniper attack and a devastating storm - combine in a deadly attack against Spider's vendetta with President Callaghan. The loss of all of his proof of the President's collusion in murder is a major setback, but combined with the reveal of the deadliness of his illness makes this an important watershed moment in ...
  • Devann
    Finally! Another volume with significant plot progress! Seriously though, this was a really good volume both in regards to general plot progression and also a few things being thrown in on the side like Spider's illness and Yelena's [I'm sure ultimately unfortunate] transformation into becoming more like him in general. I usually try to space these out because they're honestly a bit depressing [especially in our current political clusterfuck], bu...
  • Craig
    The parallels between this story and our current political situation are eerily prescient. Ellis is some sort of genius.
  • Benoit Lelièvre
    This series started really strong, but it became kind of a hit-and-miss over time. This one here has a competent overarching plot that ties-in to earlier volumes and actual development that matters in the big picture. It's competent and fun to read, but once again Spider doesn't use the system to make the Smiler's life miserable and we're left with a standard cyberpunk thriller that rides its own reputation. DIRGE is a better volume than SPIDER'S...
  • Joshua
    I don't have too much to say except that this series continues to excel. I'll probably have a long review about the entire series with the last book, but as of this reading I can just say that this book continues the greatness of the series. Couldn't put it down.
  • Cyndi
    Spider faces his mortality and intends to take down the smiling president...the end seems to have begun...
  • J.G. Keely
    Series review here. My Suggested Reading In Comics
  • Danielle
    Excellent, as usual. One of my favorites of the series. I got a little choked up a couple times - I've become really invested in this story.
  • Clare Fitzgerald
    Warren Ellis’ Transmetropolitan, Vol 8: Dirge continues the story of Spider’s attempt to take down the Smiler, and the Smiler’s attempt to thwart Spider at every turn and probably kill him. Because this book was written 16 years ago but is still depressingly relevant to everything about modern life, the big incident chronicled in this volume is something called a ruinstorm, a gigantic, destructive bomb of wind and water that apparently use...
  • Abhishek Das
    If the last volume of Transmetropolitan set the scene for Spider Jerusalem's endgame with the President of the United States, this volume continues to pile down on our not-so-hapless heroes. On the run, down on their luck, and reporting from the middle of the worst natural disaster to hit the city, Spider and his filthy assistants investigate a Sniper in the middle of the Print District and a disturbing lack of police presence.Ellis ratchets up t...
  • kaelan
    Dirge marks a transitional phase in Transmet. Throughout the series, Warren Ellis has shown little interest in character development. But at long last, Spider Jerusalem—the wily, irreverent, reclusive hero at the heart of the story—begins to reveal (dare I say it?) some vulnerability, some empathy, even a degree of sentimentality.The volume, as I've said, is transitional, so I'm not sure where these changes will lead. But it's a welcome devel...
  • Martin Chalupa
    This volume is following the trend from previous ones. It is getting a bit more serious with less crazy dialogs and technological inventions around. It keeps pushing the main story forward. Spider is getting more and more obstacles in his way but hopefully he will overcome them in the last two volumes.
  • Ash
    I was getting a kind of plateau feeling for the last few volumes, but this... this kicks everything up several notches. Foreshadowing comes good, the story rolls and twists and bleeds. The stakes get higher, more personal, and the timeframe shortens. Now all we have to do is wait for the other shoe to drop.
  • C. Varn
    Ellis' has real narrative and thematic clarity by this time in the arc, the violence and paranoia increases starkly but unlike in prior volumes, the stakes seem real and the farce goes away for more subtle satire. Spider's morality seems very real and "the Smiler" seems more than a figure of farce, but an outright dangerous man. Robinson's artistic texturing is great here.
  • Francis Cook
    The near future...Good shit. Even for..especially for a series that began in the 90s. Like JG Ballard's earlier books, predictions of an environmental and political meltdown in "the near future" are all coming true.
  • Hellread
    Reviewing issues 41-60.Very similar to how it was before. Still having arc and plot and eventual conclusion is great. The issues also become more gritty and have better action. It still lacks something though.Ratings by issue: 3 4 5 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 5 4 4 4 3 4 5 5 5 5
  • Andrew
    Getting closer to the end of Transmet... This one was a very quick read, largely because of a couple of stretches with very large panels and not much dialog. There are some good moments in here, and some good progression with the overall plot.
  • Spencer Hughes
    The continuing adventures of Spider Jerusalem prove entertaining and apropos. In a time of political outrage, the parallels continue to terrify. Always fun, and always good to get the blood pumping. A true classic well worth reading.
  • Friz Allen
    flew through this one surprisingly fast. great twists and turns. we get somewhat of an emotional range from Spider outta Vol. 8. necessary drama build up for the last two volumes, and judging by the thickness of Vol. 10, it's finna be lit.
  • Emi
    I made my friend tell me if everything was going to work out (spoiler) because I finished this volume and didn't have access to the final two for a while.Great series for the gritty reader!
  • Eric
    This one was a short read, and I feel like (comparatively), not much happened, but I’m definitely excited for book nine now. Poor Spider.
  • Sarah T.
    This was great too! Even more scary foresight from Ellis. Folks should be reading this series now. They really should!
  • Zec
    Same good shit with an accelerating plot.
  • Sam Quixote
    Warren Ellis has written the series so far with 3-issue bursts of a linear story with a couple of one shot issues that either expand the world or are side stories to the overall story arc but with “Dirge” he ditches this arrangement and goes straight out for the story arc. A sniper is picking off innocents in the Print District at the same time the police have “blue flu” and decide to call in sick, en masse. Something’s up and Spider’...
  • Brian
    A re-assuring leap in the right direction. Finally we see the clock ticking for Spider as he realizes that things are coming to a head: either he manages to start from scratch and pull enough evidence together to take out Callahan, or he dies trying. Spider finally gives a solemn promise to Callahan himself, in person, that it will be the former. That was all kinds of satisfying. Surely the last two issues will live up to the promise.As a small n...
  • Asciigod
    It's painful to be the, thus far, only rating of this edition, and to give it one star. This truly isn't meant as an antagonistic hate-rating; the book legitimately disappointed me. In the Dirge arc, Ellis attempts to balloon a series of small ideas into an epic. More mature, sophisticated writers could have condensed this 140+ page story into a handful of pages to much better effect. Frank Miller would have established this minor dystopian visio...