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Transmetropolitan vol 8: Dirge

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Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson


Page 45 Review by Stephen


Campaigning journalist Spider Jerusalem has set his sights on grinning American President Callahan. Gradually he's been connecting the dots and building an archive of evidence that links the President to the murder of Vita Severn. He's getting close. Very close.


An outbreak of Blue Flu - a secretly organised strike on the part of the police under the guise of illness - has been ordered from on high, ensuring that most cops are off the street and surveillance there is minimal. A sniper in a Blur Suit has opened fire on civilians from a rooftop overlooking the Print District from which the city's entire media operates - it's been evacuated. And the worst weather imaginable is hammering down from above, building into something truly brutal. Something is about to happen in the city that no one will be watching, no one will be warned about, and there will be no emergency services to pick up the pieces. But if Spider honestly thinks he's figured it out, he's in for a rude awakening.

Also this volume, we finally learn the truth behind Jerusalem's hallucinations and nosebleeds. So does he. Blackout:

"I don't feel very well.
"In fact, I feel like a dog shat in my heart. And someone appears to have stolen the world. I always knew that would happen.
"That'll teach them not to listen to me. I tried to tell them, but ohhh no. Of course, I was naked at the time. Which obviously distracted them. In the church.
"Oh, my god. They stole my cigarettes too."
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