The new ongoing series Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible continues this week with an issue that really begins to delve into the origin of Abe, and perhaps his destiny, in the massive event occurring in B.P.R.D. Abe’s presence has been missed, and unlike the previous issue, we really get some good ol’ Abe action this time around. Scott Allie has really taken the reins from Migonal when it comes to the “Hell on Earth” event and he is doing a fantastic job of creating a thrilling story. On the other hand, Sebastián Fiumara has not been a staple in the B.P.R.D. world, but he is really making a name for himself here.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
ART BY: Sebastián Fiumara
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE DATE: May 1st
This book doesn’t take off where issue #1 left off; instead we view Abe just after he awakes and begins to catch up on the events he has missed, including the death of his ally Hellboy. It is at this point that we gain true insight into Abe’s origin and are given clues to his role in the current catastrophe. Let’s not forget that Abe didn’t only come out of his coma with bullet wound, he sustained a substantial change in his visual appearance. After this little flashback the book jumps back to Abe on the run and his B.P.R.D. pursuers hot on his trail. Abe takes shelter in s rural town and is exposed to the effects “Hell on Earth” has one of the human populace.
There are some positives and negatives to this story. The biggest negative is that the B.P.R.D. storyline at this point. It is all about plot progression and giving insight into their thoughts on Abe, but aside from that it is dull and takes away from atmosphere. On the positive, this book is paced really well. It hooks you with the origin at the start, and then slowly builds as Abe is forced to act when things get out of hand at a religious gathering. The book brings Abe’s character back to life for me. In the first issue Abe doesn’t say or do much. This issue exposes us to Abe’s mind and shows us how he interacts with others post-coma.
The art is top notch, it’s definitely not the usual look for B.P.R.D. books, but since this is Abe’s story specifically, it has its own unique flare. The art matches the atmosphere of the book. Abe is on his own and, since he has essentially evolved, the art has similarly evolved with him. Fiumara has a very realistic gritty style with an air of sketchiness that gives the book that extra wow factor. Dave Stewart as always takes control in the colouring department and gives the book the proper shading and colour pallet to suit the mood.
It’s just great having Abe back. This arc is only the beginning as this ongoing series while undoubtedly continue alongside “BPRD” and “Hellboy in Hell”.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd