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A superhero comic book series written by Alan Moore, illustrated by Gene Ha and Alexander Cannon, and published by America's Best Comics.

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Alan Moore's Brilliantly Simple Yet So Engaging Super-Hero Detective Drama!

  • Jun 3, 2010

Ever wonder how a world where its entire population would be folks with different powers, different personalities and different races? Immigrants to this place would consist mostly of aliens from another planet, household pets have powers and where everyone has an alter-ego? So how can one police such a city and maintain order? Well, critically acclaimed writer Alan Moore (Watchmen) and artists Gene Ha with Zander Cannon tries to answer these questions as they take us to the day-to-day lives of the police officers of Precinct 10 with the comic book titled “TOP 10” (1999). Published as a 12-issue mini-series by “America’s Best Comics” as part of Wildstorm productions (an imprint of DC Comics). This is a review of issues 1-7 of the multi-EISNER award-winning series that is collected in “Top 10 Book One”.
Robyn “Toybox” Slinger is fresh from the police academy and she is eager to do some good in the precinct of Top 10. She is partnered with a superhuman heavy hitter called “Smax” and despite his frosty personality, Robyn manages to join the investigation of a homicide in the robot ghetto. Clues lead to a drug factory headed by Gromolko, one of the original architects in the city of Neopolis. Before the police-telepath interrogator can get information, Gromolko commits suicide.

The next day, a body is discovered that seem to be the work of the LIBRA killer; a serial murderer who preys on hookers and they mobilize to find the resurfaced killer. As if that wasn’t enough the precinct has to deal with drunk 60-foot monsters and Gods who have been murdered. How can the cops deal with all this chaos? Well, they just clock in and clock out for a daily 8-hour shift.
Alan Moore has the uncanny ability to take his readers to a brand new world that may seem familiar and yet appear so different to his readers. There is a lot of detail to be had with “Top 10” and the art by Gene Ha and Zander Cannon brings those details to life as imagined by Moore. The layouts are just so full of life as the reader has to pay attention to the details in the comic panels, they tell their own story; seems like in the city of Neopolis, there is always something going on and there is a story to be told (look for the samurai sushi cook). The series carries several references to established comic book elements such as using heat vision to cook a hotdog, a store that sells “signal watches” (Jimmy Olsen anyone?), a clothing store called “the phone booth” and the billboards and graffiti are also comic book heavy in references. The world of Neopolis is so similar and yet so different to the world we see today. Moore and Ha brings a lot of colorful life to the pages of “Top 10”.


The cultures and practices of this world are brought into exposition with a lot of breathing room. Seems like these super-powered populace has the same flaws and needs as those who have no powers. They also need several goods and services that are illegal; their drugs are different and they even have super-powered hookers called “Immune Girl” (resistant to all known STD’s). Immigration is also a problem as well as pests (rodents here have powers and can only be chased by atomic cats). Moore brings a subtle commentary that when something is abused, something gives way so despite their powers, a new sexually-transmitted disease develops called S.T.O.R.M. (God, you’ll have to see this to believe it). I commend the writing and the art that both forms of artistry seemed to have been able to complement each other.
The city of Neopolis truly is a breathing entity in the pages but what really made it successful is its dialogue-heavy storyline that develops its characters. The characters in “Top 10” are very different and yet so interesting with their personalities. This is a character-driven story so expect the interactions between cops, crooks, lawyers, gods and monsters tell the story. The series plays more like a cop drama with the investigations of a crime taking center stage (action fans may be a little disappointed) and the development of the story. Moore also makes the reading experience a bit of a comical one, as there is a lot of subtle black humor dispersed throughout the story.

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There’s a cop who runs around naked, there’s phantom-like one, there’s a dog who is the sergeant of the precinct, and much more. The supporting cast is made up of a lawyer-shark (literally), a drunk monster who talks too much, a 10-foot hooker, a two-faced dispatcher, gods and many others. The characters are like us, some are born-again Christians, some are devil-worshippers, others are lesbians, there are perverts and some are even bigots. The super-powered beings in the series aren’t heroes, they’re regular “Joes” with regular needs. The amazing thing is these problems are normal for even ones with powers. I was really impressed with the “zen cabdriver” and the psycho-kinetic Santa Claus; the negotiator with powers of persuasion, a shrinking pathologist and a ‘volcano cook‘. God, I can go on and on about the series’ characters, they were just so brilliantly thought-out. Heck, Moore even included references to the Norse gods.
“TOP 10” is an ambitious series that may feel a little unorthodox to the casual comic book fan but this is actually its strong points. It was ingenious for Moore and company to think of things that apply to our everyday routine and yet so different to our eyes. The characters of the series have the same wants and needs, the same (ahem) fetishes, and even the same problems. Moore makes “Top 10” a live, breathing series and assisted with the fantastic art by Gene Ha it gives its characters a lot of personality. It’s only flaw may be it may be too simple for its own good. But simplicity is brilliant when done right; and Alan Moore does get it done really well.
Highly Recommended! [4 ½+ Stars]
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June 03, 2010
Damn it, nobody's allowed to review an Alan Moore book that I haven't read yet! LOL! Just kidding. I'm actually impressed that you just happened to have this sitting and waiting for your attention. Nice job and I love your inclusion of the artwork. Have you read the various spin-offs?
June 03, 2010
LOL! The twelve issues were just sitting on my shelves when I found out the collections came out so I figured why not review it? I stopped reading the comic when Moore left for awhile and then he returned for awhile. I didn't pick up the spin offs because at that time I was just returning in collecting comic books again. (remember the fallout in the late 90's?) I'll review one more story arc after I review one by...I am having a hard time picking which one to review...by O'Neil or Straczynski or Moore again. I want to get the obscure comic titles out there.
June 03, 2010
Okay, what are the options? I'll help you decide. =)
June 03, 2010
That would ruin the surprise won't it? ;-) I think I am going for the least known from O'Neil first. Where that review of KICK ASS at?
June 03, 2010
I told you I've got a list of reviews to do in a specific order, so it will be a while. I stopped asking where your reviews of "Watchmen" and "The Dark Knight Returns" are, didn't I? ; ) You'll get a kick-ass review of "Kick-Ass" eventually. Probably when you least expect it, it will kick you in the ass and that will truly be kick-ass, not ass-kicked. LOL! Anyway, do you plan to review Moore's "From Hell" or O'Neil's "Knightfall"?
June 03, 2010
I liked "From Hell" and "KnightFall was also good. So....you want to see a review on the prelude to KnightFall? A lot of fans never knew about that title....
June 03, 2010
Heck, yeah!
June 03, 2010
Oh, your community needs a review on KICK ASS since mine is in Cafe Libri and Trashie's is at that "other comic book community" which is why I am hounding you. There are so many reviews of WATCHMEN and THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS that I don't feel motivated to review them anymore.
June 03, 2010
as for that prelude, it'll be an easy review since it was a one-shot. I'll do it in three days...
June 03, 2010
You know that if you don't review those two classics, I will remove your Asgardian godhood and shove your hammer where the sun don't shine. LOL!
June 03, 2010
Dude, nothing can take away my god-vampirehood and you won't be able to lift my hammer. LOL!
June 03, 2010
I can lift anything with my mind. I'm telekinetic. In fact, I'm typing this from the opposite side of the room as the computer. =D
June 03, 2010
Ok, but you'll have to pick on just one. and it'll have to wait until after I review another crazy obscure title. By the way, My AVENGERS reviews are going to your community even though they aren't exactly that mature (but I am picking the storylines which are) since I am not posting comic book reviews anywhere else...
June 03, 2010
"Watchmen" has a fairly low rating because a lot of people rated it thinking it was the film, so I'd say that would be best. I may eventually get around to doing a review of "Dark Knight" after I scramble my way through my next dozen reviews or so.
June 03, 2010
I must admit that I have not read this one, sounds great man.
June 03, 2010
Thanks, Alex.
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Top 10 is a superhero comic book limited series published by the America's Best Comics imprint of Wildstorm, itself an imprint of DC Comics. Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Gene Ha and Zander Cannon, the series details the lives and work of the police force of Neopolis, a city in which everyone, from the police and criminals to civilians, children and even pets, have super-powers and colourful costumes.
The series led to the production of several spin-offs, Smax, which was set directly after the series' conclusion, Top 10: The Forty-Niners, which is set in 1949 and Top Ten: Beyond the Farthest Precinct, which is set five years after the series' conclusion.

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Author: Alan Moore, Gene Ha , Alexander Cannon
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Science Fiction, Adventure
Publisher: America's Best Comics (ABC), Wildstorm , DC Comics
Date Published: September 1999 - October 2001
Format: Comic Book Series
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