CMPodcast 297 – Top 10 (1999 comic miniseries) Part 1 of 2

I start the podcast by letting everyone know that Jon Babcock, co-founder of the Comics Misremembered Podcast, has passed away on Monday January 25th 2021. He succumbed to his 4 month battle with cancer and he will be missed.

Here is a picture of Jon with Daisy, the comics misremembered dog.

I wanted to give everyone a brief history of what happened to Jon. His sudden death was a shock to everyone especially me. He helped me created the Comics Misremembered Podcast and his presence will be missed on the show but I plan on continuing the podcast for the foreseeable future.

This week is the beginning of a 2 part podcast on the comic miniseries Top 10. It is a police procedural comic where everyone one in the comic has superpowers of some kind. It was written by Alan Moore with art by Gene Ha and Zander Cannon. It was published in September 1999 by Image Comics under Alan Moore’s imprint America’s Best Comics (ABC).

I talk about the history of how DC now owns part of the rights to this comic and how that must piss Alan Moore off and may be the reason he no longer works in the comic industry.

I compare this comic to a popular 1980s Police Procedural TV show called Hill Street Blues and why you may want to check that show out. The early 2000s were also a popular time for comics that featured superheroes working as cops and I give a few examples.

We then get into talking about the story and how Robyn Slinger AKA Toybox (girl featured in the center of the above image) starts her new career as rookie on the Top 10 police force. She meets her new partner, Smax (left in above image) and gets her first case. This comic mixes crime drama with the humor of everyday life and features the fine detailed art of Gene Ha with help by Zander Cannon.

Here is an example of Gene Ha’s art work. This is just one panel on one page and it is filled with detail and hidden references which is part of the fun of reading this comic.

I only just get started in talking about the other police officers we meet in the series and the first big case of Robyn Slinger. I will continue this exploration of Top 10 in next week’s CM Podcast.

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 297

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