Lonely City could very well be two different books. One that gives a little and rare insight of Spider's childhood and his thoughts on society and the City. The other depicts Warren Ellis's love (or lack thereof) for the established power and authority.
In Here to Go (first story) Spider reminisces about his first encounter with death and how it changed his perception of his hero at the time. Its a fun story with over the top characterization that lifts your spirit (only to have it shattered in the last half of the book).
But its Lonely City that steals the show. The last story of this TPB is what you'll remember at the end of the day. Its a harsh tale about police abuse of authority, corrupt government and the consequences of screwing with them. When Spider gets involved in the investigation of a hate crime that the City Police Department is trying to make go away, things take a bad turn for the worst.
For the first time Spider gets scared, truly frightened. And with good reason. In the end the Smiler draws first blood, and Spider's world will be left upside down.
I've not read a comic in a couple of months. Somehow lost interest in them. But there's nothing like a great comic to get the fire going again.
Authors: Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson
Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/06/transmetropolitanoton-5.html