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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 209

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at a neat, yet bizarre, moment from Top Ten, courtesy of Alan Moore, Gene Ha and Zander Cannon!

Top Ten is a comic book about what the police are like in a city where basically EVERYone has super powers of some sort!

As a result, in every corner of Neopolis (the name of the super-city), SOME sort of superhero thing is going on, and Moore uses this aspect of the city to have a series of little parodies/homages to superhero comics.

None better than this following moment from Top Ten #9, written by Alan Moore and drawn the great art team of Zander Cannon and Gene Ha (layouts and finishes, respectively), featuring the one, the only….Galactapuss…


“The” moment, naturally, is when Galactapuss makes his debut.


Long Live Galactapuss!!!

I thought you would show the end of the cats and mice crisis, when the exterminator asks for his due.

Top Ten = Hill Street Blues + Superheroes

damn good series

Tom Fitzpatrick

July 29, 2009 at 4:58 am

I thought we could see a series of Galactpuss, or at least, a one-shot.

So cool!

Yet another trade to add to the list ::sigh::…

Love Cosmouse, too, but think my favourite has to be BatMouse…

Sorry, that was me…

Forgot I cleaned out my cookies…

Loved that series – great story and great cast. My friends and I would spend tons of time just pouring over the panels to see what cool refernces Gene Ha slipped into the background and foreground and pretty much everywhere. This scene was such a hoot.

More Top Ten! The great game, Joe Pi, Smax… there are enough awesome moments for at least a week!

Batmouse and Robin in the lower left corner of the second page!

top ten proved before Dc finished having Alan decide he no longer wanted to work in comics . that he still is a master story teller. love galactupuss being compared to the guys love life as the most messed up thing ever seen.

Thought for sure it was going to be the giant lizard monster with the six-pack of beer trucks and a No Fat Chicks t-shirt.

Daniel O'Dreams

July 29, 2009 at 8:58 am

Just realized the “Ultimate Pacifier” is a mouse shaped cat toy. LOL Brilliant.

I don’t know how much of that was Alan Moore and how much of it was Gene Ha (based on reading From Hell, I know Alan Moore plans the hell out of everything), but every page of Top Ten was something you could spend a half an hour on, just feeling it unfold.

Ha really drew the pants off of every page.

Love Mighty Mouse and Danger Mouse.

Stu: “every page of Top Ten was something you could spend a half an hour on, just feeling it unfold.”

Anyone else feel like this justifies the Absolute treatment? Stick 49ers and Smax in there, too.

I’d also like to use this as an opportunity to praise the way Moore handled the Fantastical Racism trope with his robot citizens– he didn’t just stop with the racial slur shown here, he added a robot-on-robot slur ( spambo ), had the racism so naturalized to Neopolis that parts of the main cast like Shockhead Peter would viciously discriminate while still being law-abiding citizens, and even bringing in the issue of ” passing ” in the 49ers ( what was the name of the robot cop who pretended to be a disfigured cyborg? ).

I always liked the part where the robot tells Shockhead Peter that the vending machine is his hillbilly cousin…

But I can’t believe th

YES! I’d buy an ABSOLUTE TOP TEN on release! I was going to suggest the same thing.

I think lots of the site gags are Zander Cannon’s idea. He did the basic layouts, which Ha finished. He also drew the Smax miniseries, which was pretty fun.

Wow! This may end up being one of my favourite of the 365 moments.. I stopped reading Top 10 before this, which was obviously a mistake.

Love the combined Aquamouse/Namouse..

I agree with Anonymous: this feature is costing me a lot of money in terms of trades I feel I have to buy.

Derek J. Goodman

July 29, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Anyone else notice that Cosmouse looks suspiciously like Mickey?


July 29, 2009 at 6:41 pm

I thought we could see a series of Galactpuss, or at least, a one-shot.

If Moore had written it into a Green Lantern short, Johns would be doing a whole crossover based on it!

I own the original to the first page shown above. If you think the colored, regular-sized version has a lot going on, you should see the page at the size that Ha drew it at. There’s also a lot of extra doodles and stuff in the margins that didn’t appear in the published page. One of my favorite artists! Here’s the original art:


Regards, DavidK

This is my favorite sub-plot from Top 10

No lie, but I’ve never read this series and had to go over the panels a few times before I could tell what the hell was going on. Is that good or bad?

@Callum – it doesn’t look so cluttered in print (it actually is cluttered, which is one of the good things abt it, but you can follow the stories w/out ever looking for all the easter eggs (why would you, yeah, but you could). If you’ve never read Top 10, don’t get the wrong idea, the stories are about the cops, this whole mouse-crisis thing is just a passing gag, the story point is abt the cop trying to get his mom a place to stay. And that’s what makes the series so brilliant, this mix of stuff: mundane, fantasy, cop-procedural, comic-book commentary. So deft, light but with deceptive emotional depth. Just one of the best.

Love Top Ten.

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