Second Sight Studios, which previously gave us Orision — the story of an international medical technology team that gets trapped on a snow-covered mountain in a blizzard and then runs afoul of a legendary and very deadly creature, now brings us a pair of new tales in Hunt and Leave on the Light. These two horror comics bring us twin tales of the Macabre. In Hunt (written by Alex Barranco, Illustrated by Anthony Brown) we are presented with a young lady who awakens to find herself on a cabin out in the woods, stripped of her clothes, and strapped down to a table, under a sheet. There is robbed acolyte in the room with a very large knife who very clearly means to harm her in some sort of horrific ritual.
However before he can perform whatever ritual he has in mind the door to the cabin bursts in and a second man (Michael Crowley) dressed all in black enters the cabin fights off the acolyte and rescues the woman. Her rescuer sends her off with an older man, to take her to safety and then he heads back to his home, where he is joined by the older man (Gabriel) — has already secured the woman from the cabin in the woods. The two men then have a brief conversation where Gabriel reveals a secret about the Crowley’s parents.
In Leave on the Light (written by Bradley Golden, Illustrated by Tolen Tino) we are presented with a mother and her young daughter at home. The mom is putting the little one down for the night when a crazed killer simply appears in her room with a knife. The girl screams and her mom rushes in to help, only to have both of them slashed to death by the killer. Soon the cops arrive and the place is crawling with both the police and media — apparently this is the third grisly murder that has occurred in a week. As Detective Marshal approaches the scene he is accosted by a reporter. The detective pushes him to the ground and enters the house, only to be repulsed by the carnage inside.
Marshal tells his female partner that these murders are similar to the M.O. of a killer that had been executed just three months earlier. Several hours later Marshal is back at the precinct and his partner is tracking down a lead in the case. While she is in her car, the killer is unseen in her back seat. She pulls into an all-night diner and heads to the ladies room, only to be followed by the mysterious stranger; leaving the story there to be continued in the next issue.
While both of these comics play on familiar tropes, we found Leave on the Light to be the more interesting of the two tales. While we are not fans of danger to children storylines, we found both the telling of the story as well as the art to be far superior then that of Hunt, which was serviceable, but could stand improvement. Both stories are rendered in B&W, with Light being produced with more of a computer-graphic look to it, which gives it a far slicker look. As both of these stories are obviously introducing not only the characters but storylines, we would have to see more of how these stories unfold before passing judgment on them. Still, they both show potential, and will require a second look.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.