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Top 10: The New Collection, Book 1 Hardcover – October, 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1st edition (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563896575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563896576
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 6.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,120,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Alan Moore has always been one of my favorite authors, but I seem not to like some of his 1990's and on works. However,I am happy to report that top ten is a true classic, and arguably some of his best work.

As the description says, top ten follows the lives of a squad of police officers in Neopolis, a city where basically everyone has superpowers. This leads to a lot of scaled up versions of normal problems, including traffic accidents with flying cars, super drugs, a serial killer, and a super-mice infestation. And while this plot is good, it is the characters and artwork that truly impress.

Gene Ha's artwork is good in general, but the added bonus of this comic is a plethora of backround events and jokes, so that some pages you can stare at for ten minutes before you really take everything in. And it works. My main criticism of Moore for things like Promethea and LoEG is that he focuses too much on these goofs so that the actual plot and characters suffer, but that didn't happen here.

Top Ten is an ensemble piece, with at least a dozen great characters all working together to solve the cases. Alan Moore does astoundlingly good work getting all of these people off the ground and into your hearts. And of course, his dialogue is as good as ever.

Now, the ending is only about 85% as good as it could have been. All the plot is wrapped up effectively, as were most of the characters, but two in particular are set up for a new adventure not covered in this book. Hopefully when the sequel gets converted to an ebook. But this a minor issue.

All in all, save Watchmen no other 12 issues of any comic can compete with this, and I recommend it to everyone.
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