Another tough prompt! I’ve read a lot of comics in my 22 years. Some good, some bad, some in between. There’s been a lot of characters who have meant a lot to me, or gone through some bad stuff, but a lot of them pale in comparison to my favourite. Slick journalist, general mad bastard and searcher for the truth… it’s Spider Jerusalem, of Transmetropolitan fame.
Written by Warren Ellis and with art by Darick Robertson, Transmetropolitan is a series unlike any other. It takes place in a futuristic city loosely based on New York which is a melting pot of cultures and people. Our hero Spider used to be a journalist in the big city back in the day, but escaped to the mountains after the politics of the city almost killed him. He comes back, needing money and becomes a weekly columnist, and calls out the city on its shit, week after week. After several close encounters with death, Spiders comes against his biggest adversary; the election campaign of two equally awful politicians. Which one is the lesser of two evils?
Spider is smart, downright hilarious and not afraid to speak the truth (or beat the truth out of someone). His career takes him into some dark, dark places, but he faces it all with the same aplomb that he faces everything with. He is permanently angry, permanently high, and he is the greatest hero the city could ask for. Fuck Batman, Spider is here to tell you the dirty, dirty truth, and he comes equipped with a bowel disruptor. You don’t want to get on his bad side.
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