What do you see in the optical illusion on the cover of Mark Millar's new comic, Chrononauts?

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Mar 17, 2015

Not content to merely create a buzzy new comic, Mark Millar and Sean Gordon Murphy decided to embed an intriguing illusion in the cover of the debut issue of Chrononauts.

Check out the watch face in the cover above and let us know what you see. Have a good look? OK. Apparently, artist Sean Gordon Murphy hid a nifty optical illusion in that watch face that can only be seen by a small minority of people. It’s a complicated explanation (laid out below), but basically most people see a simple watch face and a rare few see an hourglass.

As for the comic itself it’s basically Doctor Who meets an action movie (in a good way), and is already receiving some positive reviews. The comic is set to hit shelves on Wednesday. Check out the explainer below and let us know what you see in the cover.

Here's the #Chrononauts watch phenomenon somewhat explained. @mrmarkmillar pic.twitter.com/AajzWkPWPD

— Sean Gordon Murphy (@Sean_G_Murphy) March 16, 2015

It's a semi-rare sporadic form of color-blindness due to abnormal wiring in occipital lobe... @mrmarkmillar pic.twitter.com/lvR2LEoOLK

— Sean Gordon Murphy (@Sean_G_Murphy) March 16, 2015

(2) ...It affects around 1 in 15 people and is a variant of synaesthesia which a university helped me develop the multiple color overlays...

— Sean Gordon Murphy (@Sean_G_Murphy) March 16, 2015

(3)...What's interesting is the artistic brains--they're all right-brain dominant which means artists, musicians, writers more likely to...

— Sean Gordon Murphy (@Sean_G_Murphy) March 16, 2015

(4)... see the hourglass than the clock face. @mrmarkmillar pic.twitter.com/Mjtl2hwKzC

— Sean Gordon Murphy (@Sean_G_Murphy) March 16, 2015

It almost works like invisible ink! CIA once tried to utilize process in agents for decoding messages during Cold War. @mrmarkmillar

— Sean Gordon Murphy (@Sean_G_Murphy) March 16, 2015

About 1 in 15 people see the hour-glass. Everybody else sees the clock-face very clearly. It's never in-between apparently.

— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) March 16, 2015

Before Chrononauts illusion explained by @Sean_G_Murphy, what do you see in the middle of time-piece on left? pic.twitter.com/LGL159A2Ko

— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) March 16, 2015

(Via Sean Gordon Murphy, Mark Millar)