Friday Face-Off: Moon

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”
~ a cover featuring the MOON

Mogsy’s Pick:
The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill

The Dark Side is a gritty, dark, and violent futuristic sci-fi mystery thriller that takes place on the moon. Our protagonist Lieutenant Damien Justus is the patently incorruptible good cop from Earth who has just arrived in the lunar territory known as Purgatory, a place where the shadier your record is the better the chance you’ll flourish and thrive. Its capital, appropriately named Sin, is a haven for criminals and lowlifes who have come to the moon to escape their old lives, but now with a new sheriff in town, their days are numbered. Justus is here to clean up Purgatory, and to him, no one is above the law. Almost immediately, he’s tasked to investigate a string of assassinations targeting the movers and shakers of lunar society.

Meanwhile though, far from Purgatory in the Seidel Crater, a black-haired, black-eyed, black-tied, black-suited homicidal android takes his first steps towards self-discovery and a two-thousand kilometer journey of death and destruction. What does a psycho-killer robot murdering his way across the lunar landscape have to with Justus’ investigation? Ah, wouldn’t you like to know…but now, it’s cover time:

From left to right, top to bottom: English (2016) – Hungarian (2017) – German (2017) – Spanish (2017) – Chinese(2017)




My winner is the Hungarian edition, because how can you look at that and not wonder what the hell is going on in that picture? It’s also a very good depiction of the creepy, crazy, completely homicidal Mr. Black as he stalks his way silently across the desolate lunar surface.

What do you think? Which one is your favorite?


30 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Moon

  1. Wow that’s an interesting synopsis! And I love that cover with him leaving a blood trail behind! That one is definitely awesome, I wouldn’t mind having that on my shelf. The english cover is okay and I like the Chinese cover also.


  2. I liked the chinese cover.
    And hurray for psychopathic killer androids! Just what the world needs in this day and age, when heroes are few and far between 🙂


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  4. This is cool meme ☺️

    That synopsis grabs my attention and your pick with the bloody trail on the moon is chilling. I like it and the Chinese cover. Both would catch my attention. The English cover is just ok. Thanks for sharing 😊


  5. This sounds like a good read 😀 I LOVE the Hungarian cover – it immediately draws the eye… and that creepy blood trail… awesome! I love those vivid blues in the Chinese cover too. Great picks! 😀


  6. The only one I’m not really into is the German one. It’s so rare to get so many really good looking covers for one book! It’s probably a sign that I should read the book, right? 😉


  7. Ooo what a creepy pick! I like it, definitely intriguing. I think if I had to choose a personal favourite though I’d probably go with the Chinese edition (just because I like the composition and the font, and the faint grid pattern)… though the flare/light in the German one is nice too.


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