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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
Today we look at Alan Moore and Gene Ha’s Top 10: The Forty-Niners…
The title of this original graphic novel refers to 1949, where the first settlers came to the new city known as Neopolis, the home of super-powered folks after World War II. The book tells the tale of the institution of a police force in the city (which eventually, of course, becomes the police force we followed in the Top 10 series set in modern times). The great unease felt at the creation of this super-city does not make it easy to create a police force, especially with so many different people having their own alternative plans for the city. Plus, we also get to see racism against robots and the vampire mafia.
Against this backdrop, we also get a slowly building romance between a young man and an older pilot. Alan Moore handles the romance beautifully. Speaking of beautiful, Gene Ha’s art is spectacular.
I don’t want to give away too much, so tell ya what, I’ll just give the first few pages and I assure you that that’s really all you should need to be intrigued by this tale…
(Click on the last image to enlarge – be sure to look for the little in-jokes Ha sneaks into the comic throughout the book, like Elzie Segar Marine Supplies)
What a well-told, well-drawn story. Top 10 was a great series, but this story – wowza.
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