Being a police officer in Neopolis is a tough
job: the city is populated solely by superpowered citizens
all displaying a dazzling array of abilities. And life is
tougher still if you're fresh off the boat and fresh from
World War II, just looking for a place to fit in - like Steve
'Jetlad' Trevor and Lena 'Skywitch' Muller...
Forty-Niners is the latest collection in the Top 10
series of graphic novels from Alan Moore. This collection
opens, after the end of World War II, with the movement of
ex-service men and women to their new surroundings - Neopolis.
you'd expect with Alan Moore, this is a good meaty tale with
plenty of twists. Just how will our two heroes (Jetlad and
Skywitch) fit into a society where vampires normal folk turn
a blind eye to vampires? Where employment for women in the
local law enforcement is almost unheard of? And where robots
are not to be trusted? This twisted tale is obviously based
on the real life experiences that American troops returning
home after the Second World War would have faced (obviously
without the vampires, robots etc).
Ha's artwork gives this collection an almost retro feel and
is certainly dark and gloomy - beautifully reflecting the
little comic relief is injected with the introduction of the
slightly unhinged robots that live in the city - as well as
those that have made the journey there along with the ex-servicemen
winner from the genius that is Moore.
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