It's part interview, part interrogation and part steel-cage wrestling match in this self-contained chapter of "The New Scum." Underground journalist Spider Jerusalem goes head-to-head with the President of the United States! Will they be carried out on stretchers--or become best friends?
The New Scum concludes with a drunken bang as Spider Jerusalem holds a depraved election-night party as the future of the nation is decided. It's the Smiler vs. the Beast, winner-take-all--and covering the political madness as usual is Spider, determined to write the truth no matter what.
Something is rotten in the central City, and it's probably journalist Spider Jerusalem. Digging for the truth behind the child slaying/police negligence story he dug up--a story that has the City on the edge of massive riots--what he finds embroils him and his assistants in chaos, fire and death!
The conclusion of "Lonely City"! Has Spider Jerusalem finally dug too deep for the truth? With a district in flames, people shooting at him and a newspaper in chaos, Spider has discovered that everything he's been investigating has been orchestrated by the one person he can't get to...
A brooding Spider Jerusalem turns to the one drug he knows will relieve his melancholy: television. In his altered state, the horrors of TV seem even worse than usual--especially when he sees that he's been made cuddly by the media. This issue features stories illustrated by Frank Quitely (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN), Eduardo Risso (100 BULLETS) and more!
A self-contained issue featuring a cover by Jaime Hernandez (Penny Century, Love and Rockets). While a brooding and hate-maddened Spider Jerusalem lays his evil plans for the future in the dark depths of his high-rise bunker, his "filthy assistants" see their chance for escape. Channon Yarrow and Yelena Rossini grab themselves a few moments of sanity in the sun, a stolen bit of calm before the storm.
Part 1 of "Gouge Away." And it all goes to hell, just like this: Spider Jerusalem's broadsides against the Smiler and the Party in Government intensify. He starts to sail very close to the edge; the forces of the monoculture gather themselves; and we begin to sense it's all going to end in tears. From here, everything changes.
There's only one thing worse than a drunken, drug-abusing and half-mad journalist--and that's a drunken drug-abusing half-mad journalist who knows how to do his job and is out to destroy your life. This is Spider Jerusalem on the offensive: angry and blisteringly smart, one step ahead of the White House spin doctors, going all out to eviscerate the President himself. "Gouge Away" part 2.
It's the mind and typewriter of Spider Jerusalem versus the media, the money and the White House--and it all comes tumbling down for one of them. Right here, the rules are changed, the arena is altered, and the stakes are everything, launching us into the high-octane Year Four. "Gouge Away" part the end.
The conclusion of to "Back to Basics!" Tensions have risen in The City as anger burns in the political power structure. Revolution fever sparks in the underground and police brutality increases on the streets. Which means that Spider Jerusalem is unchained, crazy with freedom...and completely in his element!
The Smiler is operating on the American Constitution. Civic Center is remaking the City in the image of his New Politics. Some anonymous freak is turning a Print District street into Sniper Alley. And Spider Jerusalem is having blackouts and episodes of mental confusion that are not related to his usual diet of narcotics and whiskey! "Dirge" begins here.
Spider's evidence against the Smiler and his corrupt administration has been wiped out. Now he must rebuild his case from scratch, exploring every nook and cranny and fighting dirty if he has to--because he's finally up against someone with the mind and ability to fight dirtier than he can.
The Cure part 1! Spider has identified the prostitutes sent to the Hotel Fat to service Gary Callahan during his campaign. One of their pimps is dead. One of them is hiding. And the girls have no protection whatsoever from a President moving to clear away the evidence of his every indiscretion.
She's the last surviving witness to presidential sexual misconduct. And the only thing between her and a bullet in the brain is a crazed journalist with a degenerative brain disease, a drug habit that could kill a pack of rhinos, and the physical strength of a small, drunken rat. "The Cure" part 2.
The City looks to be on course for a riot, and the only person who could possibly stop it all is the President--or, at least, the removal of the President. And Spider Jerusalem, the only man who might accomplish this goal, is currently being hunted in his own city! "Headlong" part 3.
Outlaw journalist Spider Jerusalem, his team, and their City have all had enough of politics. Now, Spider stops to look at the City and the effects the last few months have wrought upon it. And in those quiet moments, the election takes its weirdest turn yet, chewing up Spider's life for good...
Part 1 of "Freeze Me with Your Kiss," the climax to TRANSMETROPOLITAN's first year. The cryogenically frozen head of Spider's ex-wife is stolen, his newspaper receives a threat on his life, and a mentally unstable police dog swears revenge on him. And that's only the beginning...
In this self-contained issue, outlaw journalist Spider Jerusalem investigates the Reservations, an area where previous cultures are carefully maintained in stasis, and discovers a place where an entirely new culture is being developed around body modification. Plus: Spider tries to ask a woman out...
In a self-contained story, crusading journalist Spider Jerusalem is thrust into the world of bizarre religious movements that have sprung up during his five-year absence from The City. But Spider's bad attitude makes him an unlikely convert, even to the most fervent evangelists alive.
In the first of three self-contained issues, Spider is drawn into The City's corrupt political arena, leading to a terrible confrontation with the President of the United States...in a men's room. And Spider is assigned an assistant to keep him in line--but she's not what he expects.
Now reacclimated to The City, Spider Jerusalem ventures into the dangerous Angels 8 district, home of the Transients--humans who have decided to become aliens through cosmetic surgery. But Spider's penetrating interview with the Transients' leader may get him a scoop he didn't bargain for.
Collecting the best of Spider's columns from The Word--from his reluctant return to the City and forced adaptation to a future where truth is obsolete, moving through his rise to fame and fortune over the bodies of his enemies, culminating in his current condition of focused mental illness!