By Nick Banks
Abe Sapien #33 Early Review
Writer: Mike Mignola, Scott Allie
Artist: Max Fiumara
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: May 11th, 2016
Rating: 9 out of 10
Synopsis: Gustav Strobl’s and Abe Sapien’s path finally cross in a Hellish version of New York City.
Our Thoughts: Those of us who have been reading Abe’s solo title since the beginning of his journey have been waiting for the twisted necromancer Gustav Strobl story and Abe’s to intersect. Fans will not be disappointed with results of this fateful meeting. Mignola and Allie having been teasing this meeting for quite some time, and both individuals have changed considerable since the start of their very different quests for answers. Abe is beginning to fill in the details of his past with the help of the lost Bruttenholm tapes and Strobl hopes to finally capture and subjugate the being that he is convinced will one day rule the earth.
The interplay between Fiumara’s visuals and Mignola and Allie’s text is again at top form. On some pages, the magnificently detailed art takes center stage with minimal text and others contain excerpts of the Bruttenholm tapes which both inform Abe’s past but also the present actions of Abe, Storbl, and B.P.R.D. Agent Joe Vaughn. This interchange between the art and story is rare; especially rare when the perspective changes so much in one story (and sometimes on one page). It appears that we are reaching the end of Abe’s tale, but it also appears that there are still many questions to answer before Abe finds the peace he seeks.