Second Sight #1 (AfterShock)


CREDIT: AfterShock Comics

Rating: 4/5 – Seeing Through the Eyes of a Killer is Rough.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

Another quality book from AfterShock, they continue to impress me with the books they’re putting out.  For a fledgling Publisher, they’re certainly one to watch.  In Second Sight David Hine tells the story of Ray Pilgrim, a man who accidentally discovers his psychic ability to see through the eyes of serial killers.  He helps police track them down until he is ultimately accused of one of the crimes.

The meat of the story takes place years after the false accusation and Ray is getting his life back on track.  Hine weaves the backstory into the issue in a series of flashbacks that are masterfully colored by John Kalisz is a subdued palette that  gives the reader an immediate visual cue about scenes in the present and those set in the past.  Alberto Ponticelli, who I first discovered on the 2008 Vertigo run of Unknown Solder, turns in an outstanding job with his fine lines and an ability to draw some really haunting facial expressions…he  delivered some really nice scenes conveying the emotion of the characters, particularly through their eyes.

Second Sight is a horror story in the vein of Silence of the Lambs.  The monsters are human, not supernatural (the psychic ability of our lead character notwithstanding).  The nature of the story means it won’t be for everyone, but for fans of this kind of story, it could easily stand alongside classics of the genre.  Hine is weaving a complex tapestry with the present interweaving with the past, and Pilgrim’s personal life intersecting the various facets of his professional life.  If you’re lucky enough to have a local comic shop that carries AfterShock comics, pick one up and give it a try.  Each one (s0 far) is completely different from the rest so they’re all worth a look.  If you shop doesn’t carry them, ask about them, I think you’ll be glad you did.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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