I was really looking forwards to more Top 10 when I bought this... and obviously the writers were too. A little too much.This book reeks of whats called Running the Asylum, when the fans of a show/book/franchise wind up at the reigns creating more. Sometimes it works out really well, other times not so much. And this is one of the other times.There are a lot of well intentioned moves here that just dont pan out.
One character is resurrected after her poignant death in the original, and this action just totally undercuts the quality of the original. Yes, I really wish she hadnt died too, but bringing her back to life with a 1 speech bubble hand wave is not the way to go. In a similar vein, theres a really ham fisted romance with Jackie. Again, its well intentioned, I want to see happy endings for these characters too, but Top 10 was too complicated for happy endings.
It was a comic about cops, people just doing their jobs, getting on with their lives, and that was one of its great strengths, and perhaps the reason its creators chose to discontinue it without a lot of ceremony. There wasnt going to be a nice bow you could wrap around the end of it and say its finished!, because work and life just go on.The point where the book lost me was near the end, after quite a tangled, poorly thought out plot, one of the characters announces that another has become a Science Hero and is famous. This really feels like its flying in the face of what Top 10 was about.
The characters in Top 10 might have had super powers, but they were not super heroes. They were just cops. Several of the most famous Science Heroes in the original turned out to be a ring of sex offenders. Making the Top 10 characters into heroes would be like making the characters of NYPD blue into celebrities.There are lots of little things here and there that just dont feel right too.
On every page you cant escape the feeling that something isnt quite right, and it isnt the Top 10 we know.To be fair, I do think that a lot of people involved in this book were trying very hard, and there are touches of quality, some lines that made me chuckle, some decent art. But they were trying to fill some very big shoes, and they just didnt manage it.