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Filthy Assistance: Revisiting ‘Transmetropolitan: Lust for Life’

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In the 1990s, Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson foresaw a future of twisted behavior, renegade politics, and uncontrollable technology in Transmetropolitan. We're revisiting the series book by book, because in a time of unrest and uncertainty we could all use some Filthy Assistance.

In book two, Lust For Life, the world is brought into sharper relief as the new and the old crash into each other repeatedly, leaving our characters dealing with the fallout. Spider Jerusalem also confronts assassins putting a hit on his life as part of a convoluted scheme tied up in a messy divorce --- in a storyline that may go a bit too far...

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Did You Vote To Make America Great Again? Read These Comics Next

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Photo credit: NBC

Today is Inauguration Day, and Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States. And really, it's obvious why he won. After eight years with one of the most qualified and accomplished presidents in generations, what America really needed was a vain, egotistical, thin-skinned braggart with a long history of bullying and abusive statements, absolutely no experience in public service, and a track record of astonishing failure.

If you voted to Make America Great Again, here are some comics to dig into while you wait for all those manufacturing jobs to come back, and for those pesky SJWs to finally be put in their place.

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Filthy Assistance: Revisiting ‘Transmetropolitan: Back on the Street’

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In the 1990s, the Warren Ellis/Darick Robertson comic series Transmetropolitan foresaw a future full of twisted behavior, renegade politics, and uncontrollable technology. Now that reality seems to have caught up with the adventures of Spider Jerusalem, we at ComicsAlliance are returning to the series and examining what it has to say. Do you need help navigating a political world turned upside down and inside out? We’re here --- with some Filthy Assistance.

This week, we kick the series off with Spider Jerusalem forced by financial distress and contractual obligation to return to the City --- a post-cyberpunk future and an alchemical mix of the ancient and the bleeding edge. He finds a nascent movement in danger of getting its teeth kicked in by authority, attends a religious convention, transforms into a television program, and teaches the president that everything poops.

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Roberts, Robertson & Ryp’s ‘Harbinger Renegade’ Loses The Plural But Gains A Terrifying New Villain

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In an age of the direct market and solicitation copy available three months ahead of time, it's hard to truly pull a swerve on comic readers like publishers used to, but Valiant Entertainment may have pulled it off.

While fans have been waiting for Rafer Roberts and Darick Robertson's new team title Harbinger Renegades, due next month, today Valiant announced the series' true title as Harbinger Renegade, and revealed that it introduces a dangerous new villain to the Valiant Universe ahead of 2018's major crossover event.

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The Issue: Cold And Alone In ‘Transmetropolitan’ #8 [Sci-Fi Week]

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Welcome to The Issue, where we look at some of the strangest, most interesting, and most distinctive single issue comic stories ever to grace the medium. For Sci-Fi Week at ComicsAlliance, we're looking at one of comics' best single issue science fiction stories.

Transmetropolitan writer Warren Ellis is probably the king of the single-issue story. Transmet is absolutely packed with memorable one-off issues. “Another Cold Morning” might just be the best.

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Space Meditation Can Be Very Useful In ‘Harbinger: Renegades’ #1 [Preview]

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I've written before --- pretty recently, in fact --- about how one of Valiant's greatest strengths as a company is how well it can build its titles around high concept stories that make it easy for new readers to jump on. So with that in mind, when writer Rafer Roberts describes his upcoming Harbinger: Renegades book with artist Darick Robertson as, "Jack Kirby's Trainspotting," you know they're onto something.

When Harbinger: Renegades returns in November, Roberts and Robertson are reuniting the team that was shattered after their last adventure to take on the future of the Valiant Universe --- and you can check out a preview right here!

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Rafer Roberts And Darick Robertson Launch ‘Harbinger Renegades’ In November [Preview]

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Life in the Valiant universe is tough. I mean, not only do you have alien invaders and the unkillable soldiers of Project Rising Spirit to worry about, and not only are your chances pretty slim of actually getting to hang out with Ninjak, but they're also going through a sudden surge of super-powered "psiots" that are putting pretty much everyone on edge --- especially after a group of renegades blew the lid off the Harbinger project a while back.

Clearly, the only option for super-powered youngsters is safety in numbers, and that's exactly what's happening in Harbinger Renegades. In November, Rafer Roberts of A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong, and Darick Robertson of The Boys are teaming up to bring you a new team that's set to take on the streets of the Valiant universe --- and you can catch a first look at the new series below!

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Righteous Fury: Celebrating Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson’s ‘Transmetropolitan’

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Imagine, if you a can, a world where charismatic leaders and would-be messiahs take advantage of people's basic need for hope, and soulless corporations run by greedy little monsters squeeze every last dime out of their consumers even if they end up killing them, and elected officials care more about whatever they stoop down and squat out than the people who need their help.

If such a scenario is too hard to imagine, then you're just not paying attention, and you need a crash-course in the realities of human sewage and the power of truth. Begin with Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson's Transmetropolitan, which got its start on July 9, 1997.

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If You Voted ‘Leave’ In Brexit, Try These Comics Next

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The polls are closed and it's official, the United Kingdom has decided --- by a narrow margin --- that it wants to leave the European Union. I mean, who could blame them? Aside from the worker's rights, trade agreements and the opportunity to travel between member states, what does the EU even do? I mean, aside from the funding provided to the areas of the UK that London often neglects, environmental legislation and education and research funding.

So you've voted Leave, and you want to treat yourself to a nice comic to spend the weekend with. We've picked out five of our favorite independent comics to peruse while you wait for Article 50 to be enacted.

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‘Generation Zero’, ‘Harbingers Renegade’, ‘Britannia’ and More Revealed At Valiant Summit

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The second annual Valiant Summit just wrapped at the UCB Theatre in New York City, the Belle of the East Coast. Broadcast on livestream, the summit saw several writers and artists take to the stage to talk about a string of new books from the publisher that will fall under the banner “The Future of Valiant”, including Rafer Roberts, Jody Houser, and Matt Kindt.

The event was Valiant's answer to Image Expo, with five new titles announced, including the long-rumbled Britannia, plus the previously announced Faith ongoing. Here's the full rundown.

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