Top Ten by Alan Moore, Gene Ha and Zander Cannon was in the initial line up of the America’s Comics from DC/Wildstorm. And it was great,
A procedural comic book about a police precinct in a city filled with superheroes, it was funny, tragic, insanely detailed and a real joy. It was like a comic book version of Terry Pratchett’s Nightwatch.
It took a while to be published, and after the first twelve issues came out, it went on hiatus. We had a couple of spinoffs in Smax and The 49Ers. And then Gene Ha and Zander Cannon announced that DC were to publish their continuance of the series as Top Ten Season Two, without Alan Moore but with his blessing.
And it was good. Really good. As good as the original. And then… half way through, it stopped. DC had only funded the production of the first six issues. The remaining six issues remain… unpublished. Zander Cannon has thumbnails which he will show to anyone who wants to see at conventions and its really really good.
Gene Ha says that DC Comics, to whom he is an exclusive artist, won’t publish the rest because it won’t make money.
They are publishing a new Tom Strong series by Pete Hogan and Chris Sprouse however.
So why am I talking about this again? Well, Gene Ha talked to CBR about drawing much Justice League #20 out next week, with a bunch of other creators finishing the other pages, one of those Surprise! credits DC have been running of late. And he says
“I should say that there’s not a real strategy to what books I’ve been working on at DC. I’ve really been pinch hitting depending on what editors need. I don’t feel like I’m part of the greater arc they’re trying to build here so much as they bring me in when they want to bring me in. But I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve done.”….”At this point, at the end of C2E2 I actually started my sabbatical, and I won’t be working for a while. I’m going to start off by taking some personal time, sharpening up my skills and learning some new ones such as how to use all the stuff on my computer I never learned to use. Then after about two months of that, I’m hoping to start on a creator-owned project — maybe something by Zander Cannon. He’s one of those writers I love working with.”
DC would probably get to keep him if they gave him Top Ten Season Two to finish! We’d get an Alan Moore sequel that there would be no controversy about! And would give you the chance to publish a second Absolute Top Ten as well.
And you know I’d be really nice about it too…