In 2019 Shelfdust asked over a hundred comic book critics, podcasters, vloggers and commentators to pick their personal, subjective favourite ‘first’ comic book issues of all time. From their choices we counted down the top fifty entries, which you can find here! But we’re not leaving it there. Now the list is over and we know which comics made the list, we’ve invited critic and podcaster Matt Lune to host a weekly show right here on Shelfdust! Each week Matt will be sitting down with a different comic critic to look at every comic which charted into the top fifty, one issue at a time.

This week we’re reluctantly leaving our cave to revisit the comic which reached 26th place: Transmetropolian #1 by Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson, Nathan Eyring and Clem Robins.

Angry, bitter, and politically charged, Transmetropolitan follows reformed journalist Spider Jerusalem as he’s forced to return to the Big City so he can trade his words for money – and then trade that money for various psychotropics and whatever else he wants. It’s a comic which has a lot to say about a lot of things, and barely finds room for the endless tirades it needs to unload on readers. To talk all about it, Matt is rejoined this week by special guest Kelly Kanayama!

Please note: this episode was recorded prior to So Many Of Us, which we would recommend you visit for more information.

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Come back next week….. as Matt will be talking to Steve Lacey about Daredevil #1!


Kelly Kanayama is a writer and comics scholar who is literally writing the book on Garth Ennis. Don’t believe me? Have a look at her Patreon page hereYou can also find Kelly on Twitter here!

Matt Lune is a critic and podcaster who has written for publications including PanelXPanel, The MNT and Multiversity. You can find him on Twitter here!


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