The Cure

Author: Warren Ellis
Artist: Darick Robertson
Titan Books
RRP: £9.99
ISBN 1 84023 712 0
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Set in the not too distant future, rogue journalist Spider Jerusalem and his lovely Filthy assistants are on the trail of evidence against the corrupt and possibly psychotic president. During this search Spider also has to cope with the brain eating disease that is degenerating his mind...

Whilst Cure may not sound like the most exciting thing anyone could write about, Warren Ellis certainly carries it off with style. Some of this book is very brutal and the last interview of Fred Christ will most certainly raise a few eyebrows. But this is witty and sharp comic book writing at its finest. Ellis has woven a world where people can be amused, sickened and downright worried all at the same time. This is Blade Runner crossed with Drop the Dead Donkey. But if you're not a fan of either then don't let that put you off.

I am a huge fan of this series, Spider himself is constantly amusing and some of the small details in the book will always raise a few smiles.

If you are new to Transmetropolitan then this would be a very bad place to start. Go out and buy the other eight instalments as well as this one. Sure, that will cost around 100 pounds but I cannot think of a better way to spend that money. You don't need to get your partner that nice birthday present. You need this!

Go out and buy a copy. On second thoughts, buy ten copies. It is worth it.

Simon Lee

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