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Top Ten (Top 10 #1)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  7,188 ratings  ·  177 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
Published (first published April 2000)
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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.
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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
Jan 26, 2008 Belarius rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Sean Gibson
Issue #7 is one of my all-time favorite comics...fantastic.

And hilarious.
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 os 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
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
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
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
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.
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
Excellent SiFi comic series. Very good blending of a police story in a SiFi setting. very good art and story. Very recommended
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
Michelle Johnson
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
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
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
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
An weird take on Cop,superhero story. Many well done characters,an interesting world.
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
Sara J.
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
I couldn't stop reading it! I read it all in one sitting.
Richard Guion
I am a big fan of Alan Moore, but I never got around to reading the full Top 10 series until now. I bought a few of the issues when it first was published and stopped. It's a great series, dense and packed with details, drama, and humor. Why would a group of super-heroes band together? If they were a police force in a city filled with "science heroes", deities, and supernatural creatures. Top 10 is a nice blend of superheroes with Hill Street Blues and Homicide: Life on the Street. There is no o ...more
Top Ten is far from being my favourite Alan Moore series, which you can tell from the fact it's taken me 3 tries to get through this comic. And it's certainly not because it's hard-going or massively complex, I just find it rather dull.

In fact, having at last completed it, I did enjoy it. It's a knowing nod to shows like CSI or NYPD Blue and contains a few overlapping crime-related stories in a city entirely populated by superheroes.

As such, it's a sort of comment on the notion of the superhero
DeLace Munger
I find that I really enjoy Moore's writing and his concepts. The idea behind this one is that everyone is a superhuman of some kind, or an alien, or monster...

It makes for some fascinating ideas and conflicts and I enjoyed trying to puzzle out exactly who could do what and the various themes, backgrounds, etc.

The main characters are police officers and crime investigators using their various abilities to fight crimes ranging from a serial killer to the "Ghostly Goose" who seems to be invisible a
The rapid introduction of so many main characters and a new universe very quickly, straight into the folds of a developing murder investigation, reminded me of how I felt reading the first Fables book a few weeks ago. However, probably because the Fables cast were all based on well known characters from (duh) fables, it took me a little longer to really get into this. In addition, there is a lot of dialogue here - though, as you would expect from Alan Moore, it is all very strong.

That said, by a
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
(this is my take on both Top Ten volumes)

It's pretty cliche to say that Alan Moore is a great writer, and the more comics of his I read it becomes even more plainly obvious why he's long been considered the medium's best author. He takes simple ideas, time after time, and creates masterwork after masterwork when he does his magic (maybe literally, since he is a self proclaimed Wizard).

Top Ten is a police procedural where everyone in the world has super powers. See, simple concept. What makes th
Reprints Top 10 #1-7 (September 1999-April 2000). Robyn Slinger is starting her new job as an officer at the 10th Precinct. Like most officers, she’s nervous about her first day and what she might be facing. She’s also living up to the legend of her father. The other problem Slinger is facing is that everyone in the city has superpowers. Now Slinger (aka Toybox) and her partner Smax are on the hunt for the Gemini Killer who has been patrolling the city. How do Slinger and the other superhuman of ...more
Alan Moore's overall career seems to be dedicated to exploring the concept of superheroes--what if the villain's the hero (Batman: the Killing Joke), what if the secret identity is never revealed (V for Vendetta), what if superheroes are just as messed up as everyone else (Watchmen). In Top Ten, he asks this question: how special are superheroes if everyone's a superhero?

The joy of reading this series doesn't lie in the plotting--it's as formulaic as any police procedural--but rather in the way
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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 Egypt
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