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Top Ten (Top 10 #2)

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  5,068 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Alan Moore and Gene Ha's multi-Eisner Award-winning homage to police dramas and old science-fiction tales concludes its groundbreaking run in TOP TEN BOOK TWO. The officers of Precinct 10, Neopolis's finest, are keeping the peace in a world where every last citizen has super-powers. The police force encounter all manner of the super powered and the supernatural on a routin ...more
Published (first published October 2001)
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There are some stories I will never have more of, and it breaks my heart.

I'm not talking about the stories I just wish there were more books for. Stories I greedily wish there were more of. More Buffy. More Narnia.

I'm talking of the stories that were cut off before their prime. Before their authors could bring them to a proper ending. I'm talking about the Chronicles of Amber. The Books of Magic. Firefly.

It's with regret that I add this comic to that list. These first two collections had such
David Schaafsma
I read this because Jan wrote to me, "While Watchmen tried to deconstruct the superhero genre, Top 10 and those other ABC comics try to reinvent it," and because he said it had one of his favorite dying scenes in comics. Also because Greg urged me and Raina liked it so much. . .

So this is an exuberant, creative, sort of hopeful-about-comics comic, reinventing, as Jan says. It is on the one hand a sort of police procedural (not that amazing a concept to me, but it's okay, why not, I say now) in
Jedi JC Daquis
Dec 08, 2016 Jedi JC Daquis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whereas volume one of Top 10 establishes the world of Neopolis and the eponymous police department, volume two delivers a solid story with slick narration that can only come from writing geniuses like Alan Moore.

I am not venerating Alan Moore as a comics-god for he too has some share of bad creations but man, the way he tells the story in this five-issue volume is no less than amazing. The characters all have their parts, though not equally, but balanced. Top 10, with its sheer number of charact
Dec 15, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
I liked this volume better, maybe because I got use to the odd way it was told. I also liked the numerous pop culture references.
Apr 02, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should start by saying I love this series. I love the characters, I really like the police procedural stuff, the mysteries, the Easter eggs of beloved comic and cartoon stories that are on every page if not every panel of these books. Top 10 is Alan Moore at his absolute best, and that is saying a lot. Even with Neopolis' gritty exterior, these books have a tremendous sense of humor and optimism to them. They are about ordinary people (with super powers) doing things they regret. The heartbrea ...more
Sep 11, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The excellent sequel to Top 10, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore, Vol 2 follows the further adventures and investigations of the Top Ten Police Squad from Neopolis. I found this volume even better than the first. The characters are still interesting and unique and new members of the squad have been introduced. For a graphic novel, I found the characters well-developed personalities and very sympathetic. I liked the stories and the art work. Even though the situations involved super heroes and such, the crim ...more
Issue 8 - Wow. That was so sad, but also so intelligently written. I think this issue is the best one so far...

Issue 9 - The alternate universe with Rome was awesome - as was the reference to Marvin the Martian, 300, Asterix, and the others. And oh God, the ending...

Issue 10 - Love it. Just love it. All of it.

Issue 11 - Wow, I saw so much in this one - Cartman, Futurama, Powerpuff Girls, etc. And I love Joe! I can't believe there's only one more issue left...

Issue12 - Nicely wrapped up. I was af
Jun 29, 2007 Summer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Top Ten is outstanding. It's able to mix wry parody and sly cameos with actual interesting, well-balanced, memorable characters. The storyline is intricate and engaging, and the art and character design are phenomenal - how many superhero comics are there out there where a hero's body type and costume actually matches his or her powers?

Once again, I'm extremely disappointed that this series didn't go on longer.
Timothy Boyd
Apr 25, 2015 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic ending to the first series. You get police corruption at it's highest level, the death of an officer and the breaking of a child slavery ring. All set in the bizarre SiFi/Superhero city of Necropolis. Well worth a read for the great story and art. Very recommended
Aug 09, 2010 Raina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, graphicnovel
Got to read this immediately after finishing Volume 1. Alan Moore's genius really shines when he's writing a new member on the squad who has very little visual characterization, so his charisma is all in the dialog. Totally awesome.
Dec 31, 2016 J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's phenomenal how Moore manages to take the most ridiculously over-the-top premise for a book, then make it a character book instead of a bombastic book. This is some of the best and most touching character work I have ever, ever read.
Dec 19, 2016 Allie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Much better than the first one.

After I finished reading this I thumbed back through it to look at the art again. A visual feast. I liked the storyline and the characters better than the first one. Joe was my favourite.
Nov 24, 2016 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love it! The writing, the characters, the art, it's all brilliant. This series is too much fun.
Reprints Top 10 #8-12 (June 2000-October 2001). M’rrgla has been captured but the 10th Precinct learns that her powerful friends might be able to get the murderer off through a technicality. As King Peacock fights for his life on an alien planet, the real danger to the officers might be right within their ranks. Plus, the death of a popular officer leads to a new robot officer joining the force…just in time to investigate a possible sex-trafficking ring involving a popular superhero group.

Mar 10, 2008 Jace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This isn't so much a review as it is a list of reasons why I loved this book in the event I ever get retrograde amnesia and forget. With Top Ten, Alan Moore once again reminds us why he is quite possibly the greatest comic book writer, living or dead.

The multiple plots are engrossing, entertaining, and masterfully woven together. The writing is funny, sincere, and dramatic but never labored or hokey. Moore does a great job lampooning the convenions of typical comic book stories, such as the reb
Aditya Mallya
Sep 19, 2013 Aditya Mallya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun conclusion to the "first season" of Top 10. In Volume 1, we learnt that Neopolis is located in one of many parallel worlds, and in Volume 2 this network of universes begins to open up, allowing us a look at life in alternate versions of the city. As you can imagine, Alan Moore's imagination has a playful jaunt with this concept along with his partner in crime, artist Gene Ha. For example, one version of Neopolis is located in a world in which the Roman empire never fell, and gladia ...more
Matt Cowper
Dec 13, 2016 Matt Cowper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Alan Moore's best works. It's a wacky read that never goes completely off the rails. For example, a dog in a metal suit could have just been a one-off gag, but Moore develops the character and his relationships (both professional and romantic) masterfully.

While there is an overarching plot, Moore takes us on a number of detours that only add to the fun. The battle between the superpowered mice and cats and Ex-Verminator's consequent woes are probably my favorite scenes.

I thought the story
Seth Kalis
Aug 15, 2011 Seth Kalis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With a vacation staring me in the face I went to my public library with the intention of getting some reading material.I saw top ten's second volume and seeing Alan Moore's name on it I decided that it's be worth my time. I'd never read volume one but Iwas able to jump right in. The premise of examining the day to day life of super powered cops in a city full of "science heros"(Moores words not mine) is an intriguing one. As a long-time comics reader I love seeing stories like these that examine ...more
Apr 03, 2011 Julian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
My first version of this review was a bit negative, it turns out because I'd left a long interval between reading book 1 and book 2. Having reread the entire saga without such a hiatus has rather changed my views. Hence this updated (and much more positive) review.

There isn't much that needs to be said, so I'll be brief. Top Ten: 1 was a great story that interweaved any number of story lines and built compelling characters. Book 2 picks up all the spinning plates and continues to spin them while
I really loved this book and this series, I'm so disappointed that they didn't continue it. It was that great combination of a strong storyline and terrific characters who had depth and, well, character. The only other thing I've read by Moore so far is Watchmen, and I don't remember it that well at this point, but from reading this series it seems to me that he has a remarkable ability to convey a lot of information about the people he's writing about in very few words. All of the characters ar ...more
Michelle Johnson
Jul 17, 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
Mar 06, 2013 Hamish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not prepared for how much I enjoyed this series. It would be easy to take it for lesser Alan Moore because it's less ambitious, but you would be wrong. He writes the crap out of it and Gene Ha draws the crap out of it. It's packed with jokes, visual gags, amusing interactions, clever plots and surprising twists. Moore is a master craftsman and he knows how to get the most of the twenty four pages he gets in each issue. The only downside to that is that because the cast is so large and he o ...more
May 13, 2010 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Overall I really liked this but for some reason I didn't like it as much as the first book even though the highlights of this were the best parts of the series. There were a ton of things I absolutely loved. I love Smax and I really want to read the spin off limited series Smax. I thought the devlopment of his friendship with Toybox was great. Girl One was great and it was sad to see her go. The introduction of Joe Pi though made up for it as he became one of my 3 favorite characters in the seri ...more
Ryan Mishap
Jul 21, 2009 Ryan Mishap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
The science-heroes of Neopolis live their lives while the Tenth Precinct attempts to keep tabs on crimes and plots in the second collection of the series. King Peacock--that worshipper of Satan--is sent off world where he is given the bureacratic run-around and winds up in a gladiator contest. Meanwhile, the top cop in charge of the multi-world police forces visits the precinct on an inspection....
Several plot lines from the first collection are resolved, and Toy Box will accompany Smax to his
Top Ten is a fun read with a lot going on, which means it's got a little something for everyone (or at least everyone who enjoys superhero comics and re-imaginings of the genre along the lines of a police procedural set in a city populated entirely by the costumes-and-powers segment of the world). It also means that it can still be an enjoyable experience even if there are large, thudding chunks of it that don't entirely seem to work ... until you think about them for so long and look at them fr ...more
Sep 02, 2012 D.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This 'season' of Top 10 wraps up in this volume, with some reasonably surprising developments and climaxes to the stories started in volume one. Once again, Alan Moore throws away more ideas in his background tales than many authours are likely to ever have.
My only real problem with this second volume is that Shockheaded Peter seems to suddenly turn nasty, where before he was kind of innocent and goofy. I'm not sure if this was an intentional change or if it's just one of those things that we on
Content Notes: pedophilia, death, murder, violence

A solid second book. The pages are VERY full, clearly meant to make a feeling of just the bustling, overwhelming science-city of Neopolis. There's always some non-vital character or ten standing around in the background. It's quite overwhelming. I did find it more than a little unlikely that in this city where people take interstellar aliens as just a matter of course, than gayness would be so taboo. Moore's (unconscious?) biases are coming throu
So this is the first thing that I have ever read off of the goodreads recommendations. Although volume 1 was suggested Volume 2 was the only one I was able to get through interlibrary loan. Top 10 appears to be the police force for a city where everyone has some kind of heroic power. The story focuses on different people in the police station and floats between characters with everyone being connected in an over arching way. I really liked it and only wish I could find more b/c I could tell when ...more
Neville Ridley-smith
Feb 28, 2016 Neville Ridley-smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
So. Much. Detail.

Almost every panel invites a close examination, there's just so much going on. One of those things is easter eggs. Besides a heck of a lot of comic book characters that I know nothing about, I also spotted things like the team from Stargate SG-1. Also spotted Asterix and Obelix. For a list of others, look here:

As to the actual story, there's very strong characterisation and the plotlines are good. If only this series kept going - there's a
Feb 08, 2011 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Alan Moore really is a cut above other comic book authors. He can take an odd premise, like a world where everything is a superhero, whether it be a mouse invading your pantry to a drunk on the street to the officers in Precinct 10. While the world is crazy, and enormously fun to look at due to the excellent drawing, at the core there are strong characters, some which you like, and some which you don't. There is a human frailty and vulnerability to these characters, despite the fact they're supe ...more
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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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