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Top 10


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!

East of West – Book 7


The seventh, and most recent, installment of the Jonathan Hickman / Nick Dragotta Image comic details the third year of the apocalypse in this end-of-civilization graphic novel series. I applaud the series for lasting this long, keeping the storyline interesting and the plot moving.

In this chapter, certain story arcs are (finally!) completed, some which have their origins in the very first book. War, Conquest and Famine make another dramatic appearance, and President Archibald Chamberlain proves slippery and as cunning as ever. At this point, I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve cast each of these characters into movie roles of famous actors.

While some story arcs are closing, and it’s nice to see the book progressing, there are still certain issues that I wish were addressed a little bit more.

My Need to Read


I read quite a bit – er, at least I think so. I try to get in about 2 hours of reading a day. This can vary, depending on what life dictates on any given day.

The public library system where I live has a Hoopla subscription. This allows me to electronically check out up to 12 titles per month. The bulk of my reading checkouts include the comic book titles they carry.

Recently, I’ve mostly been reading through the modern collections published by Image comics and Dark Horse. I’m not particularly married to any given publisher, however. The art has to be inspiring to me, and the storyline can’t bore me to death. Frankly, many mainstream Marvel / DC titles do that all too easily.

In the past 6 months, I’ve been able to use my library’s Hoopla subscription to get caught up on:

  • East of West
  • Invincible
  • Low
  • The Beauty
  • The Woods
  • Saga

I’ll try and write up a small review of what I enjoyed about each of these titles.

Friends of mine have also turned me on to a few other titles, most recently Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye run, the first run of Grant Morrisson’s Invisibles, and Jack Kirby’s Forever People.

What about you? Got any suggestions for me?