Foglet nanohuman communities, informational pollen, cryogenic reclamations, consumer incentive bursting buy-bombs, bowel disruptors... TRANSMETROPOLITAN, a dystopian society that is disturbingly familiar and oddly enticing. It's the future that could be, and god help us if it is.
TRANSMETROPOLITAN is a successful mating of social and political commentary with science fiction. In many ways, it's Warren Ellis on his soapbox warning us of our own collective failings. A lesser writer could easily be consumed by his own ranting, especially over a ten volume series. Fortunately, Ellis isn't a lesser writer.
LUST FOR LIFE is the second volume in the series and ranks among my favorites. Spider Jerusalem, our protagonist, devilishly rendered by Darick Robertson, has re-entered society and resumed his role as a journalist on the hunt for the elusive Truth. He may very well be one of the last people who hasn't been devoured by mass market entertainment and rampant consumerism, but whether or not he can keep it together long enough to make a difference is yet to be seen.
This volume contains seven shorts that firmly develop the world that will be the backdrop for future stories. It's also an excuse for Ellis to exercise his fondness for speculative science-fiction. And LUST FOR LIFE ranks among his best efforts to date.
Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.