“Abe Sapien” does not take place in a post-apocalyptic scenario per-say, after the various events from the BRPD and Hellboy series that have led to this point, it’s easy enough to round up. Readers unfamiliar with those events will not have to be familiar to pick up on the general tone of the world: Awful things have happened to throw the world out of array and now Abe makes his way through the broken world, protecting his mysterious companion Grace and seeking the truths about his recent transformation which has turned him into a more-monstrous form.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
ART BY: Max Fiumara
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE DATE: July 9, 2014
Review By: Ooknabah
There is a quality of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road to this series, with mystic and hellish horrors lurking in the background for increased tension. These elements are contrasted against Abe’s earnestness and good intentions, as he attempts to comfort Grace and learn more about her, with very limited success. But his trying is the most important part, as Abe anchors this issue and the series with his likeability and honest conflict with the questions he has about himself and his connection to the state of the world. As the people they meet reveal their darker impulses and other secrets, Abe remains the most human character, despite his physical appearance.
Compared to some of the other issues of this series, #14 does not particularly distinguish itself, but it does continue a run of great stories which make up the large part of the whole. As such, I wouldn’t recommend it as a jumping in point, particularly when last month’s issue was intended for exactly such a purpose. Those who do jump in here however will find plenty of intrigue along with top notch art from Max Fiumara, and that might be enough to encourage further reading. I hope it does: This is a great book.
If you enjoy a bleak journey through the blasted wasteland, I can’t think of a better book to frequent your pull-list. And even if you can, you’d be a fool to miss out on Abe Sapian: Fine comics indeed.
Ooknabah AKA Brent Hirose is a writer, actor and gigantic nerd from Vancouver B.C. You can listen to his podcast about that at HugeNerds.Podomatic.Com or check out his many other projects at BrentHirose.com