Welcome back to the 2nd part of the Top 10 comic review. This comic originally came out in 1999 as an Image comic. It was printed under Alan Moore’s imprint of America’s Best Comics. The writer was Alan Moore with Gene Ha and Zandar Cannon providing the artwork.
In part 2, I wanted to explore the themes of some of the storylines rather than just talk about the story itself. This comic can be quite humorist both visually and the jokes that are used. Gene Ha and Zander Cannon pack each page with dozens of comic book easter eggs that a long time fans will love. Moore also lays out a dozen jokes and funny situations for readers to enjoy.
There are also many dramatic and humanistic moments in the comic. I outline a few but this is just touching the surface of what the miniseries offers.
This was a favorite of mine 20 years ago and I had a blast re-reading again for this podcast. I left this review mostly spoiler free so that you can grab a copy of it and enjoy the 2 main plot twists.
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.
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.