There is only one word in the English language that can properly relay the masterpiece that is Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible #3: WOW. This third installment of Abe Sapien’s own ongoing is everything I want in a book and more. Scott Allie has been doing a wonderful job tailoring Abe’s own unique story but the hat has to be tipped to artist Sebastián Fiumara and the ever impressive colourist Dave Stewart. Mayhem, action and most importantly plot twists make this story one of the best I have had the luxury of reviewing this year.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
ART BY: Sebastián Fiumara
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE DATE: June 5th
For those unaware, Abe Sapien has evolved in his time spent healing in a regeneration tank and he doesn’t quite know how to deal with it yet. The past two issues have been following him on the run from a BPRD hunting party hellbent on returning him to the fold. This issue rights all the wrongs of the last two instalments as Abe Sapian is forced to battle the priest he was protecting as the man transforms into one of the deadly monstrosities that are using the Earth as their playground. As the story unfolds at a gut wrenching pace it seems it’s time that Abe makes some big decisions in regards to his immediate future.
From start to pretty near the end there is non-stop action, blood, gore, dismemberment and more. Scott Allie does an awesome job culminating a really interesting story that hasn’t been too stimulating, until now that is. Since this is an ongoing series it will be interesting to see if future arcs will take on the same slow build that this one has, I’m not usually a big fan of this style but I think Allie just sold me on it. There is a ton of plot advancement in this story even though it takes more of a secondary role because Abe is too busy kicking ass. But in reality a lot of the narrative really pertains to the future of this series and its partner “B.P.R.D.”.
The show stopper is the art Sebastián Fiumara. The monsters are done in a very interesting way that humanizes them even though they remain grotesque, this factor plays into Fiumara’s ability to draw gore and killing which is showcased well this issue. I particularly like the panels that depict the transformation as it appears to alter the whole style of art. Of course Dave Stewart takes center stage for the colour in the book and once again emphasises the precision of the drawings by adding his light pallet of pastel colours.
This book has sent this new series to the top of to buy list. Really enjoyed it and I look forward to Abe Sapiens next installment.
Reviewed by – GreenBastard