After having an incredible 2013 I’m not surprised that the 2014 debut of “Abe Sapien” continues the trend of greatness. The creative team is bringing together a unique story line in a diverse and vast universe that is accented by eye-gasmic art. Though this is only the first installment of a 3 part arc I’m already stoked.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
ART BY: Max Fiumara
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE DATE: January 8
Abe Sapien underwent some sort of mutation during his time spent recovering from a gunshot wound, he then proceeded to run immediately from the BPRD and has found himself in several dire situations since then. Abe now finds himself at a crime scene that stinks of more than blood and gasoline. As he begins to help the small town police, another plot crops up that could have dire consequences for everyone involved. On the flip side there is some serious discussion about Hell, that obviously involves the beloved Hellboy.
2013 was massive year for Mike Mignola and his creative partners as they’ve been able to weave several amazing stories that are intertwined, but after this issue my expectations are at new heights. Every issue that Mignola and Scott Allie have pumped out has been better than the last, this book is no exception as the story is infused with intriguing plot advancements and tie-ins.
Fiumara and Dave Stewart continue to blow my mind. I think both Max and Sebastián deserve a little praise here at BD for the outstanding work they’ve been doing for the Mignolaverse. From the cover to the closing panel the raw sketchiness of the art infused with a realistic gritty look keeps my face glued to the pages.
If the Hellboy family books keep coming like this, my Best of 2014 list will lose vacancies quickly. “Abe Sapien” is an outstanding book that sets the tone for the coming year at Dark Horse.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd