MOM’S COVER WATCH: January 16, 2013

This week the Mother of All Comics has grabbed a little here and a little there from the cornucopia of covers that are being offered up. Here are the covers Jessica Boyd picked for the week of January 16, 2013.

Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth #1TODD THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH #1 (of 4)
Written by Ken Kristensen
Cover Art by M. K. Perker
Published by Image Comics

This is a cover that will make you take a second look.

Obviously the main character, with a bag over his head, has a lot to do with that.

The Turkish artist is relatively unheard of to North American comic readers. However, M.K. Perker has done a great job of infusing a whimsical nature into a cover for a book that looks to be morbidly hilarious and sad all at the same time.

Much of his comic work to date has been in black and white; however, the color choice for this cover is part of what makes it pop. I’m really looking forward to seeing more work from Perker.


Batman #16BATMAN #16
Written by Scott Snyder
Cover Art by Greg Capullo
Published by DC Comics

I keep waiting for the DEATH OF THE FAMILY covers to not be unnerving anymore. Needless to say, it hasn’t happened yet. Greg Capullo not only creates a harsh Joker to take in, but adds in little details that make all the difference.

So, here is the challenge: How many Bat-family items can you spot hanging off the Joker? If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, I’ll give you the most obvious one: Robin’s vest.

Throughout this picture, Capullo has dressed the Joker with souvenirs of his “mis-adventures” in torturing each of our heroes. Considering this is the second-to-last issue in Batman‘s role in the crossover, there are sure to be plenty of reveals in store.


Conan the Barbarian #12CONAN THE BARBARIAN #12
Written by Brian Wood
Cover Art by Dave Stewart and Massimo Carnevale
Published by Dark Horse Comics

Themes abound on this latest Conan cover. Conan and the background behind him are bathed in red. Bêlit on the other hand is covered in blues and purples, calling up the illness and sadness surrounding her illness.

Besides the clear contrast, you have the dripping lines both in the background for Conan and with Bêlit’s dress merging with her own background. This effect creates cohesion between the stark differences between the two characters on the cover.

Without the color difference this cover is just a generic Conan muscled and with a woman cover. Remember everyone, understanding your color wheel makes all the difference!


Dark Shadows #12Black Beetle #1THE BLACK BEETLE #1
Written by Francesco Francavilla
Published by Dark Horse Comics

Written by Mike Raicht
Published by Dynamic Forces

Covers by Francesco Francavilla

Francesco Francavilla is out doing himself this week with lots of multi-tasking. Not only is the Italian comic artist the author and artist of the pulp The Black Beetle, but he’s also doing the cover art for the book as well as this week’s Dark Shadows.

I have to be upfront, the choice of two Francavilla covers this week was a complete coincidence. I chose them for very different reasons. Dark Shadows has a great telescoping affect with picture in picture and picture. It does a great job of calling into the darker themes the storyline of this book is taking with the latest issue.

The Black Beetle cover continues the feel of a classic pulp fiction classic. It’s both mysterious and familiar feeling all at once.



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