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By Brandy Dykhuizen. If you want to keep reality comfortably at arm’s length, Second Sight is a pint of perception with a sidecar of denial. Cutting straight to the chase, the first panel shows the red and tearful eye of a man being forced to stare directly at the beast who slowly murders him. The victim is compelled to see, yet unable to truly behold the killer, who remains hidden behind a gimp suit, festooned with the patchy hair, tooth and nails of his previous quarries. My guess is that our inability to see what’s directly in front of us will likely go far in this series.

Ray Pilgrim sees quite a bit. For one, he sees almost-dead people. Or more accurately, he has a front row seat to certain murders via “remote viewing,” a phenomenon he achieves somewhere near the bottom of a bottle. His first attempt at using his powers for good was soured by the persecution of a public who predictably could not bring itself to place faith in a balls-tripping squatter.

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Now Ray lies as low as he can, battling his “sight” and the unwanted publicity his daughter’s blog has garnered. Fighting the good fight, Toni chips away at a story that echoes a recent British real-world headline, about a government paedophile ring and the ensuing cover-up. Second Sight enjoys flipping media roles on their heads, giving more credit to the young girl behind a laptop at her mum’s house than the “legit” journalists who press into Ray’s space for tabloid fodder.

Things are pleasantly not as they seem, and troublingly grim. David Hine has chosen a subtle route for symbolism, and Alberto Ponticelli’s distorted detail conveys themes of duality and consciousness without the need for an ocular speculum. Well-rendered and creepy in its slower moments and explorative and terrifying at its best, Second Sight dares you to trust yourself when you believe you’re seeing the truth when your eyes are working overtime to tell you differently.

Aftershock Comics, $3.99

Written by David Hine

Art by Alberto Ponticelli

Colors by John Kalisz

Letters by Jimmy Betancourt

9 out of 10