Coming fresh off his debut arc in his new ongoing, Abe Sapien continues on his journey of self-discovery in the two-part “Abe Sapien: The New Race of Man”. After the last horror-filled arc ended with an intense confrontation and massive battle, this issue dials it back a notch, but really pushes forward the development of the plot and subplots.
WRITTEN BY BY: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
ART BY: Max Fiumara
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE DATE: July 3rd, 2013
The book starts off as an intense nightmare. After having been killed, Agent Vaughn is violently reminded of his demise before stirring to consciousness. This side of the story lasts but a few panels before Abe Sapien takes over for the rest of the book as he journeys to the Salton Sea to see one of the areas affected by the giant creatures plaguing the Earth. Though this arc is focused on the evolution of humans and not that of Abe, we see that old habits, like prejudice and ignorance, are still prevalent.
John Arcudi writes an intense tale, using Abe’s inner dialogue to elaborate on the events that had taken place during his coma. In the last arc we saw him confused and fleeing from the B.P.R.D. Now that he has plan of action, Arcudi is able to zero in on this aspect of the tale. The pacing is slow, but there are some interesting philosophical parts dispersed throughout the dialogue that make the slow ride inconsequential. I find it very interesting to see Abe’s interactions with other people, especially following the events last month.
Max Fiumara showcases his skills in this book in the detail and precision of the images in each panel, but I think the most significant part of his work is the differences with his brother Sebastián. In the previous issue, where Sebastián took the drawing role, the images were much more sketchy, similar to Mike Mignola’s style. Max, on the other hand, has a very clean look to his illustrations with hard precise lines. I’m not knocking one or the other but Max’s style of art is tailored to fit the book.
This series is one of my favourites of the year, and I can’t wait to see where Abe’s path takes him in coming issues.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd