In the Books Section:
- Did you like the book? Why or why not?
- The Forty-Niners is a prequel to the regular Top 10 series (which was set in the present day). If you haven't read Top 10 before, do you think The Forty-Niners stands on its own well enough?
- The world of The Forty-Niners is one that clearly had its own World War II, with admittedly different special weapons being used. Did this piece of our own history inserted into a super-powered world work for you, or should Moore have created his own war?
- Neopolis is for all intentions a ghetto created for "science-heroes," albeit a very fancy ghetto. Do you think this is a good or a bad thing? Does your impression of Neopolis change at all knowing that in the regular Top 10 series (set in the present day) it continues to flourish?
- Did you find Jetlad and Wulf's relationship believable, or merely there to surprise? Did the age difference between the two bother you at all?
- One of the main themes of The Forty-Niners was prejudice, applied not only to gay characters, but also vampires, robots, and Germans. In some cases, however, the prejudice may have seemed to be well-founded. How well do you think the book tackled this theme?
- A common complaint about super-hero comics is that women are often secondary or marginalized. How do you feel about the role of women in The Forty-Niners?
- While initially published as a complete entity, The Forty-Niners was originally intended to be published as a four-issue mini-series. Do you think the story would have worked the same published in a serial format with a month between each chapter?
- Would you like to read another comic book/graphic novel selection at the book club down the line?