Monday Book Review: Alan Moore’s Top Ten March 29, 2010Posted by dataduchess in Book Reviews.
Tags: Alan Moore, book review, comics, graphic novels, superheros
The book being reviewed for this week’s book review is a little different from our usual picks: it’s a graphic novel. I happen to love graphic novels, and have a modest collection of both series and stand alone stories. Although I occasionally pick up a Batman or Spiderman comic if I’m interested in the writer or artist for that particular issue, I generally don’t normally choose the comics about superheroes. I can’t tell you anything about the mythology of Superman or the X-Men.
Anyway, despite my aversion to superhero stories, upon a recommendation, I picked up Volume 1 of Alan Moore‘s Top Ten, a graphic novel about Neopolis, a city full of “science heroes” – people or beings having enhanced or supernatural abilities. Even though the premise is about what life would be like in a city where everyone is a superhero – the story and plot unfolds like any other dramatic comedy. To be more specific, the “Top Ten” of the title refers to the nickname of the Police Precinct that enforces the law in Neopolis, and the story is told in a Law and Order style Police Procedural, following a few subplots based upon the investigations and personal lives of a group of science-hero police.
The art was great, lots of details in each drawing, filling in bits of story to support the dialogue balloons. Volume 1 collects about 8 series comics, the complete set of the first story arc. Volume 2 is shorter, and tells another story. There has been at least one spin off, a prequel about some of the earlier science-hero cops in Neopolis, when the city was still new.
I’d recommend these graphic novels to just about anyone. Good stories, great characters, tight plots with plenty of clues and details, and pretty good artwork. These are very well-done, and I hope there will be more!