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Top Ten, Book 1 Paperback – June 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: America's Best Comics (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563896680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563896682
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Top 10' was a recommendation from a comic book store clerk.
Marcelle D. Ward
It will crack you up and still keep you interested in the dramatic story.
RS Wayment
Alan Moore's superpower is obviously to write amazing comic books.
FT

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A. Trotter VINE VOICE on March 25, 2004
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This is what would happen if everyone had a power. This is the sort of "Law and Order" or "NYPD Blue" you'd get. Only funnier. It reminds me of the new online game "City of Heroes" in a way, except I doubt the game has anything as useless as swelling up like a balloon as a power, or producing lots of sand all over the place.
Ok, so it's not gonna win any "Most Dramatic New Comic of the Year" awards. It's not grim, depressing, real, or awe-inspiring. It's fun and funny and tough and cool, and I loved it. It's well written, and well drawn, and a little bit raunchy (there are lots of hookers so it kind of has to be).
It's also totally accessable to almost everyone, which some of Moore's other work isn't. It uses the sort of TV style we're all familiar with to make it seem closer to us. I like it a lot. So it won't stay with me and haunt me like some of Moore's other stuff... but not everything has to haunt you to be good.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Felixpath on October 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Ah, Alan Moore, where would I be without you? What meaning would my life have without "Watchmen," "Swamp Thing," and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"? Time and time again, you've taken the graphic novel medium to new heights, and now you've brightened my existence with this gorgeous, hilarious, powerful work of storytelling. I think everyone who likes superheroes should be required to read "Top 10" for the insights it offers -- and everyone else should read it just because it's such a bloody good piece of work.
At first glance, "Top 10" seems like "Watchmen Lite" -- it imagines an alternative world where a boom of costumed crime-fighters in the 1940s and 50s has left a large glut of out-of-work superpeople, most of whom inhabit the pseudo-futuristic city of Neopolis. It's tough work to police a city where each and every citizen has some kind of superpower, and the job falls upon the shoulders of Precinct Ten (named because this is number ten in the multitude of parallel universes). As the story starts, we meet the latest addition to the precinct team, Robyn "Toybox" Slinger, who carries around a crate full of intelligent supertoys who do her bidding. Her new partner is a hulking, sullen, blue dude named Smax who shoots energy beams out of his chest. Robyn soon learns that at Precinct Ten, lunacy is status quo.
Half the fun of "Top 10" comes from the colorful, expansive cast of characters.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Ness on December 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Assuming you're somewhat familiar with what's good and bad, hot and not, in the comics world, you're already familiar with Alan Moore, his towering reputation (as author of groundbreaking works like "The Watchmen" and "From Hell" [soon to be coming to a movie theatre near you]) and--currently, anyway--prodigious output. Of all the Moore titles currently in production, Top Ten just barely makes the top of the heap.
What we've got here is a set of sly in-jokes blended into a fusion of Hill Street Blues and the JLA. In an imaginary city populated with all manners of superpowered individuals (right down to the cats and mice), who keeps the peace and enforces rule of law? The good officers of Precinct 10, of course.
Top Ten is a lot of fun and usually good for a few laughs--every issue is a winner, and this collection should appeal to anyone who enjoys police dramas, superhero ensembles, or farcical humor. Moore is at his best when he's playing with the structure of the superhero concept, and in Top 10 he's found an excellent vehicle for a few of his more offbeat ideas. Dedicated comic book fans will find lots to enjoy in his subtle jabs at superhero conceits of the past three decades.
(But don't just buy it because there's a nekkid superhero involved--there's really not much to see!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Todd Grotenhuis on August 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was a little skeptical about this book when I first picked it up. Alan Moore is someone who is easily judged by his own standard, and with the absolute classics he's put out before (Watchmen, Swamp Thing, Batman Killing Joke, From Hell, etc.), I was afraid Top 10 would pale by comparison. Plus, Alan Moore was writing about 4 other comics at roughly the same time as he was doing Top 10, so he was probably getting a little burned out. Right?
Wrong. The only reason this book doesn't get 5 stars from me is that it doesn't quite measure up to the Alan Moore classics listed above. But Top 10 is not far behind. In the hands of virtually any other writer, this concept would have fallen flat on its face: the premise of having a whole city full of super heroes is easy to mishandle. But Moore treats everything so realistically, that you just can't help but find these stories believable. And the stories are filled not only with plot development, character development, and believable dialogue, but with humor as well. There are subtle parodies of Marvel and DC comics throughout, as well as some outright funny scenes that stand alone. After reading Top 10, I could understand why it won the Eisner award for Best New Series -- I can't wait for Top 10, Book 2 to come out!
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