Many thanks to the terrifying souls at Aftershock Comics for sending Second Sight #4 into the Court of Nerds' terrified paws.
I was handed this book with the warning "Do not read this in the dark (maniacal laugh x3)," and I will provide you with the same advice:
DO NOT READ THIS SERIES IN THE DARK -- SIGNED A GIANT-SIZED BABY
Just kidding, this one isn't terrifying, it's more just super creepy when you start to think about it from a couple of different angles. (Editor's note: Hey, I'm still thinking about this book after writing and reading, so, success!)
David Hine serves as the writer/creator of this series while Alberto Ponticelli knocks the art of the freakin' park. Seriously, Ponticelli's art has a great feel to it. The expressions and attention to brightness and contrast play into Hine's story fantastically.
As we've noticed with Aftershock, this was an insanely easy story to step into. This was my first dippage of toes into the Second Sight world, and it was presented in such a user-friendly manner that it felt like I was right at home.
For those who aren't aware but want to be, Ray Pilgrim learned he had the terrifying power of being able to see through the eyes of murderers. Now here we are 20 years later, set in England while Ray develops a relationship with his daughter, Toni.
Toni and her dad, Ray, who has visions that make it seem like he's choking on a chicken bone, are off on a little terrifying adventure when they open a door to find a bunch of dead bodies all non-nonchalantly and stuff.
Huge fan of Toni's facial expressions as she describes the terrifying idea of failed auto-erotic asphyxiation. Seriously, her face lights up when she says "... you leave an ugly-ass corpse."
The way she turns from confused, to somewhat happily intrigued to burrowing her head into Ray's shoulder is a fascinating sequence that was perfect captured.
The whole situation is somewhat confusing at first, but it manages to clear itself up as you learn a little more about the inner-workings of our two main characters.
We learn that this father-daughter duo begrudgingly exists thanks to what must have been a nasty-ass breakup between Ray and Toni's mother, Tess.
Ray clearly has a drug problem, as he seems to be a big fan of hallucinogenics. Tess turns into a demon, he's seen leaving the office with a big bag of shrooms.
It's little hidden things like that bag he sneakily sneaks into his sneaky pocket, that readers need to keep an eye out for. Ray is clearly losing control, and it could poise a threat to those closest to him. It's the mystery of this book that makes to ask yourself, "Is he losing control voluntarily or not?"
It's that question alone, that makes the plot creepy as shit. Well done, David Hine and co.
The art is simply yet fun, the story is collected and paced well, and the colors make sense. They vibe with the lines and they vibe just as well with the words.
Rating: 8/10 It's an interesting read. I wouldn't classify it solely as a thinking person's book, as it was easy to hop on, but I'm still thinking about it after setting it down. Crime/mystery fans will really enjoy this Aftershock series.