Todd, The Ugliest Kid On Earth. Or so they say.
There is currently no way to actually confirm this statement; the kid wears a bag over his head the entire first issue and presumably most if not the rest of this four-issue series from Image Comics.
Things are rough for Todd Belluomo. He’s a bag-head, the neighborhood kids are malicious hooligans out to get him, his parents suck, there may or may not be a serial killer who straight-up refuses to kill Todd because of how damn ugly he is, the list goes on but you get the idea.
Todd is totally pulling a Candide up in here. Ugly awful things are brewing for young Master Belluomo and it looks like no one is exactly rallying to help him out. Todd is just the sort of sucker that will keep on keepin’ on.
This book is great. Todd is probably the funniest thing to hit comic store shelves in quite a while and the artistic style cannot be topped.
World renowned artist-extraordinaire MK Perker really channels that Mad Magazine experience in this one. His character design, facial expression, everything this guy does captures the nastiness and outrageous-nature of these characters. This book is polished to the max. The equally evil-looking and bloodthirsty leer in eyes of the savages-disguised-as-school-children as they bully Todd and watch him take the heat for their sexually-explicit pranks is priceless. This is just one of the many artistic details that make Todd a delight to read.
Hopefully one day Todd can actually make a friend; that’s all this kid is really looking for. Instead, Perker and series wordsmith Ken Kristensen probably have more epically-proportioned nastiness on the way for Todd. If you think about it, this sad yet inspirational tale of Todd Belluomo is a modern revisioning of the greatest myth ever told: Spider-Man; but without all the super-powers and having friends and being an Avenger. Todd is putting himself out there, taking everything the world dishes out and trying to make the best of the hand he’s been dealt. Although, Todd probably won’t be replaced by a crotchety old squid-man anytime soon, that’s just dumb.