The multiple Eisner Award-winning team that brought you TOP 10Alan Moore (WATCHMEN, LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN) and Gene Hareunites in its first original graphic novel to bring you the origins of Neopolis and the first officers of Top 10! America is swelling with postwar prosperity after humanitys greatest threat has been defeated, but the country faces a new dilemma: what is to become of its heroes? Where will they go? To the glistening towers of Neopolisthe city of the future. But Neopolis is full of the roughest and toughest villains the world has ever known. It is a city in need of taming by a new breed of cop, a super police force. Hence, the creation of Top 10. Youve met the current cast of Top 10Smax, King Peacock, Toybox, Joe Pi and more; now meet their forebears, the ones who blazed the trail and made Neopolis the city it is today.
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Alan Moore is one of the most respected and admired writers in comics today. Among his many projects Moore is perhaps best known for the groundbreaking V for Vendetta, and the classic Watchmen. He has recently written Tom Strong and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and is currently plotting Albion, a major revamp of classic 1950s UK comics characters for DC Comics. Gene Ha is the acclaimed co-creator of Top Ten and has also worked on SupermanFrom Publishers Weekly:
Starred Review. Retro-futuristic art meets postwar expansionism and superhero psychology in this tour-de-force graphic novel. It's a prequel to the often hilarious Top 10 series, which followed the cases of the police force in Neopolis, a city populated entirely by people with superpowers who are as petty, selfish and drunk and disorderly as normal humans. In The Forty-Niners, we see the Neopolis Police Department's early days attempting to bring order to a new city created just to contain the "science heroes" on both sides of WWII. Among the problems: German skull-masked ne'er-do-wells who have some secret plan afoot, and a gang of vampires who have taken over as the mob, running the prostitution franchise and shaking down bar owners. Moore (Watchmen; From Hell) has sketched the entire pecking order of this fantastic world and the wistful nature of the superhero diaspora. "You're gonna have a lot of feelings you ain't had before," warns the mayor of the super city. "Feelin' ordinary. Feelin' uesless. Feelin' like you're in the world's biggest freak show." Moore's boundless imagination dazzles as it reinvents the archetypes of religion, mythology and comic books. Ha's subtle, fluid watercolor-like art is equally rich in background sight gags, making this a book to savor. (Aug.)
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