Swipe File: Finale Of True Detective And Alan Moore And Gene Ha’s Top Ten

Alan Moore‘s writing has influenced many a writer. Occasionally they’ll just cut and paste. We covered that with one scene from Being Human and Miracleman before now.

And last night’s finale of True Detective did something similar with Top Ten.

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Considering these are the final lines of the episode, there are spoilers obviously. And our twosome are left, bound together by circumstance, outside a hospital facing mortality, talking about the night sky and the stories it told a teenager in Alaska.

There’s just one story. The oldest.

What’s that?

Light vs dark.

Well, I know we ain’t in Alaska but, it seems to me that the dark has a lot more territory.

Yeah, you’re right about that….

….

You’re looking at it wrong, the sky…

How’s that?

Once there was only dark. If you ask me, the light’s winning.

LAUGHTER (PAN UP TO THE NIGHT SKY)

And from Top Ten #8, another twosome, bound together by a teleporting accident, looking at the night sky, facing mortality.

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Of course Top Ten #8 itself was based on an episode of Homicide: Life On The Streets, the award-winning  Subway. And that episode also inspired the X-Files episode Drive, written by Vince Gilligan, who cast Bryan Cranston as the antagonist, and would later inspire Gilligan’s Breaking Bad.

Funny how things come around. Oh and later today, Adi Tantimedh writes about another inspiration for True Detective, Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell‘s From Hell

And DC Comics, publishers of Top Ten? How about you finally get round to Zander Cannon and Gene Ha finishing off the Season Two run? It’s been quite some time now…

In Swipe File we present two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic appropriations, coincidences or works of the lightbox. We trust you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself? If you are unable to do so, please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done. The Swipe File doesn’t judge, it’s interested more in the process of creation, how work influences other work, how new work comes from old, and sometimes how the same ideas emerge simultaneously, as if their time has just come. The Swipe File was named after the advertising industry habit where writers and artist collect images and lines they admire to inspire them in their work. It was swiped from the Comic Journal who originally ran this column, as well as the now defunct Swipe Of The Week website.