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Top Ten (Top 10 #1)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,954 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
This is the tale of Neopolis, a modern metropolis with a citizentry made up exclusively of super beings. In a city where everyone is blessed with powers, it takes a unique and powerful police force to protect and serve. In this Eisner Award-winning book, we are introduced to the extremely diverse officers of Precinct Ten; an armored and talking dog, a genetically engineere ...more
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Mar 01, 2016 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fantasy, abc, superhero, work
Pop Songs from Another World

Set in the fantastically cosmopolitan yet socially backwards city of Neopolis, Top 10 revolves around the day-to-day lives of the police officers at the 10th Precinct Police Station. The population of Neopolis consists of humans and animals with superpowers, robots, cyborgs, gods, monsters, beings from other dimensions - you name it. Not an easy place to police, to be sure, but to the officers at the 10th Precinct all this is business as usual.

Above all, Top 10 is a t
Simply said: this is one of my favorite comics, written by one of the best comic writers ever.

Don't like comics about superheroes? Doesn't matter, you should read this book.

Don't like comics about police procedure? Doesn't matter, you should read this book.

Don't like comics? You should still read this book.

Now if you happen to *like* any of the above. That's a bonus for you. You'll like this even more.

But seriously. This is absolutely worth your time.
Sean Gibson
Apr 13, 2015 Sean Gibson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Issue #7 is one of my all-time favorite comics...fantastic.

And hilarious.
Jan 26, 2008 Belarius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Read "Comic Books"
Anyone familiar with the 'golden age of Vertigo comics' in the 90s is familiar with Alan Moore, legendarily prodigal and eccentric master of illustrated narration. His most famous works, V for Vendetta and Watchmen, were written in the 1980s, and have received very widespread acclaim and a fair degree of mainstream recognition. Alan Moore's more recent work with America's Best Comics (or "ABC") is comparatively less well known, but in many ways more polished and streamlined than his famous works ...more
David Schaafsma
This was my first review of this volume of Top Ten in July 2013, after a quick read:

After The Watchmen, this? The idea is that everyone in NYC has a superpower... how do the cops handle THAT? Yet another take on superpowers... but really, who cares?

So, on the urging of a couple people, I reread this and think it is better than I initially did. The idea is that Neopolis has ONLY people in it with superpowers, and if you are a superhero kinda writer as Alan Moore is, this allows you to go crazy h
Jun 08, 2015 Tamahome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was kind of overwhelmed with the detail in the beginning, but I really got into it, especially when I found out it was supposed to be funny. (Is something funny if you have to be told it is?) There's some very serious moments too though. The detailed art is great; I've never heard of Gene Ha. I don't pretend to understand all the comic book easter eggs in the background. This volume is fairly dense and dialog heavy with smaller panels, maybe like the Gotham Central series. I think it's a good ...more
Aug 14, 2015 Petergiaquinta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Don't let the lame title put you off. I almost walked right by this graphic novel by Alan Moore sitting on the "new" shelf at my local library. Neither the title nor the cover art appealed much to me, but fortunately I spied the author's name in the smaller cover print, and grabbed it up, and I'm happy I did. It may not be Alan Moore's best work, but Moore's second or third or fourth best work is still better than most, and this is really good Alan Moore that needs to be read by anyone who reads ...more
Sara J.
Jun 09, 2015 Sara J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, graphic-novels
Yep, this is what happens when you start digging around your collection of (*koff*old*/koff*) comics.

Top 10 was probably my *most* favourite thing to come out from the ABC/Wildstorm imprint when it was around.

Written by Alan Moore and pencilled by Gene Ha. Such great writing and such great art to go with it!

Planning to do a re-read of these (I only have the original run in physical copies #1-#12, but now have my eye on the digital collected version also - can't keep taking my copies in and our
Jan 17, 2015 Lestat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
There's a lot to commend Top 10, the 12 book series of graphic novels by Alan Moore.

The story follows a police precinct in Neopolis consisting of superpowered beings. We follow the detectives' daily trials and travails as they investigate a Jack the Ripper-esque serial killer. It's a police procedural, but with superheroes. We see them struggle through their family lives, their professional issues, their love lives.

Several teams investigate different cases. Sometimes the cases overlap. There are
Sep 02, 2012 D.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I confess that, even as a staunch supporter of Alan Moore, I did not follow most of his America's Best Comics line. I appreciated what he was doing, but it wasn't something I was interested in supporting with my cash. The chief exceptions to this were League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (naturally), Promethea (which I only bought in collections) and Top 10.
Top 10 is one of those rare things at which Moore excels: high-concept that succeeds where others fail. Other writers have attempted the superc
Apr 01, 2011 Julian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Okay, so imagine that all the science-heroes (Alan Moore's preferred term for superheroes) in the world have been gathered together in one city. So you have gods, people who can fly, robots who would make Gort look like a weakling, superintelligent animals, the works. And now imagine a police procedural set in this world. So everyone - cops and villains - is a science-hero. The captain is a former jet-pack man who decided he didn't like heights; the sergeant is a talking dog, and so on and so fo ...more
Eli Bishop
Sep 13, 2010 Eli Bishop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-sff, comics
This is certainly in the "guilty pleasure" category, not because it's not done really well (it is) but because it's hard to explain why it would be worth doing. As many many people have pointed out, it can pretty much be summed up as "Hill Street Blues meets Astro City," that is, it's a cop show set in a city where everyone is a superhero (or a robot, alien, or Godzilla). The sight of Alan Moore deciding to do this, presumably stoned out of his mind and giggling fit to die, would make a pretty e ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
Oct 05, 2013 Callie Rose Tyler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-give-up
I think I just need to stop reading Alan Moore, I know people love him and he is supposed to be great, but I'm bored. I was bored reading Watchmen, I was disappointed by Batman: The Killing Joke, and Top 10, Vol. 1 sounded like a great concept but instead all I'm getting is a Law&Order spin off that is slow and boring with predictable characters. Personally if I want superhero Law&Order I'll read Dan Slott, his 2005 She Hulk series is awesome!
Aug 03, 2009 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a great series: there were times (more at the start) where I wanted to drop the book and move on to something else. What kept me reading? I honestly don't know. I had to know who the Libra killer was; I wanted to see what the Goosey Ghost looked like; I wanted to know if Smax and whatserface were gonna hook up--and what was that business with the supermice...?
It's absurd--perhaps that's the point: superheroes are nothing but glorified policemen. Since I haven't been too deep in the DC/Marvel
Feb 24, 2015 Jaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's another I found at the library. Top 10 is a surreal feast for the eyes. It's set in Neopolis, a city where everyone has s superpower and a costume to go with it. The story follows rookie policewoman Toybox as she is assigned to the city's Precinct 10. I'll have to see if the library has the rest of this series.
Aug 09, 2010 Raina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, graphicnovel, gltbq
This is a huge mishmash of a tonne of different speculative fiction and superhero elements. I really enjoy the contemporary feel to the stories - romances, interlocking cases, fascinating characters, and the little things Ha includes in the illustration - I particularly enjoyed a Spock sighting while reading this series. I don't always like the police-procedural-mixed-with-superheroes concept (Powers comes to mind). But Alan Moore does some brilliant writing (there should be a "duh" here, but I' ...more
Timothy Boyd
Apr 23, 2015 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent SiFi comic series. Very good blending of a police story in a SiFi setting. very good art and story. Very recommended
Michelle Johnson
Jul 27, 2014 Michelle Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
QUICK PITCH: Law & Order: Superheroes.

VERDICT: You guys are going to think this is crazy, but Alan Moore has written a really great comic book.

Top Ten is a fantastic superhero comic from the post-Watchmen era. It's also a fantastic "cop show". Alan Moore perfectly mixes the funny and ridiculous with the dark and terrifying, and Gene Ha draws the whole thing with an attention to detail that's downright fanatical. It's amazing. You should read it.

This one's a true two-parter. Pair with Top
May 13, 2014 Suzydumeur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je n'ai pas eu le coup de foudre comme pour certains comics, néanmoins j'ai beaucoup aimé quand même : l'idée est très originale (mettre dans la même ville tous les super héros et les vilains, organiser des forces de police pour gérer tout ce petit monde là), très saugrenue, et le fait que tous les habitants de cette ville soient des gens aux pouvoirs anormaux, génèrent forcément des problématiques hors du commun. C'est souvent très drôle, les personnages sont très attachants, et on s'aperçoit a ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very artful and a good quick read. I liked the storylines and the interesting character development!
Neville Ridley-smith
Be amazed. Use your super-powers.

Some interesting ideas. A bit rambly.

This comic is very dense. Both in the art and the story. It's worth spending time paying careful attention to all the details in the panels. And the story has many threads weaving in and out and a multitude of characters. In some ways, this is a downside - it's too much to keep track of at times.

The one thing I think is great is perhaps one of the statements they're trying to make with this series. In a world where everyone ha
Feb 01, 2015 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A killer concept with some interesting character design and unique plot, Top 10 unfortunately feels a bit undercooked. There are a lot of characters and a lot of cases passing through the precinct, which often seems to be the intent (they're inundated with all kinds of cases and characters all day, every day), but it doesn't always make for enjoyable reading. Considering the other Alan Moore projects I've read, this one feels especially light weight, as though the superhero conceit for some reas ...more
Nicolas Ronvel
Découverte d'une série intéressante, où les super-pouvoirs semblent presque accessoires (alors qu'ils sont archi-présents). Mais j'ai plus eu l'impression de lire une série sur le quotidien d'un poste de police (ce qu'est aussi cette série).

Les personnages sont bien identifiés, avec des "classiques" des séries policières. Mais ils sont assez fouillés pour pouvoir sortir des stéréotypes.

Reste qu'il manque une grande envergure pour me tenir en haleine, un fil rouge fort (malgré certains arcs qui
Nov 10, 2015 Biffbolt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My initial impression of this TPB was that it was one of Moore's lesser works: a silly, verisimilitude-defying, police-procedural comic, populated by forgettable one-note superheroes.

By the time I was done reading it, I was impressed by the sly sense of humour it possessed (both in a meta sense in how it referenced other comic books, as well as more directly at the stuff occupying the background of various panels), and even more so by the depth of characterization involved. Even characters invol
Paul Brazill
Jun 03, 2016 Paul Brazill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like Ed McBain’s 87th precent novels, the graphic novel Top 10 details the work and day-to-day lives of the police force at one particular police station, in this case the 10th Precinct Police Station in Neopolis, a city in which everyone, from the police and criminals to civilians, children and pets, have super-powers.

One story involves the suspicious death of the member of a boy-band called Sidekix, whose hit single was Holy Broken Hearts, and other pop-culture in –jokes abound, including a cl
Nov 17, 2011 Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An weird take on Cop,superhero story. Many well done characters,an interesting world.
Fate's Lady
Oct 21, 2015 Fate's Lady rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I didn't love this, but I didn't hate it either. It's basically a super-powered parody of a real life precinct (or at least Alan Moore's imagining of a precinct.) There are minor side dramas, crimes to solve, aliens to bust, etc. etc. I never understood the main character's power (is it just that she has gadgets?) or why she was portrayed as so strangely childlike in such a rough setting. The aliases struck me as too silly to be serious. The crime stories were... mildly interesting. I can see ho ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Zahraa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga-comics
When I first saw the cover I expected something like Teen Titans, only with superpowers for everyone as the description suggested.
Turns out it was something else; something good!
This comics is something like Law & Order: SVU, again, with superpowers. The book is very entertaining and is re-readable (this is why I am up-rating it from 7/10 to 4/5)
The story does not end with this volume, but you are not left on a cliffhanger and you get to decide whether you are carrying on with the series or
Nov 21, 2012 Random rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't stop reading it! I read it all in one sitting.
Jun 25, 2007 Summer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal. I'm disappointed this ended so quickly.
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Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.

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