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Top 10, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore
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Sep 13, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: comics, fiction-sff
Read in January, 1998

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 entertaining comic too. Anyway, it goes without saying that Moore has done a fair job of inventing all the superheroes that everyone else forgot to invent and matching them up with various cop-show stereotypes... but typically for him, in the middle of this kind of pointless exercise, he sneaks in an image that made me just stare and cry: Hyperdog, the hero who looks like a guy with a dog's head but is really a dog who sits inside a life-sized human puppet because it makes him look cool. A lot of the credit goes to the artists, who make the whole thing look kind of lush and crunchy.
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