So, as a comic-book lover, I have a bit of a sacrilege to report: I felt Alan Moore’s The Watchmen was just okay. It was probably revolutionary when it was originally published by DC, and I’d consider it one of the modern ‘classics’ the genre of comic books/graphic novels.
Did I love it? No.
Did I hate it? ………No?
Since then, I’ve read V for Vendetta, which I like more, but the end seemed to drag on forever, and I was glad I was done with the book by the end of the last book in the series. This shouldn’t be.
So imagine my initial hesitation with beginning yet another Alan Moore series. This time, the first two books of his Top 10 series.
The first thing I liked about it was the premise; everyone’s a super-hero, and it’s a story about a police precinct in a medium sized city where everyone has some mystical powers. I appreciate how the characters are introduced, how everyone’s superpowers have a definition – and a weakness. Everyone pretty much knows everyone else, and the storyline does a great job balancing short and longer story arcs.
Gene Ha’s art is what sold me on the series, however. Consistent illustrations throughout the series, including detail where it didn’t necessarily need to be, and the amazing creativity displayed in the larger art. It’s art qualities like this that really gets me excited about the series on a longer term basis.
Everything is constantly moving and changing in the storyline: we’re meeting new characters, identifying new relationships and histories, new lives, deaths and everything in-between. Even in the very last cell of the very last page of the second of the 2-book series, where it says: ‘End of Season One’ – leaving open the hope of a second season?
This has renewed my interest in either reading more Alan Moore, or finding more Gene Ha graphic novels. There are a couple of candidates lined up – will keep you posted!