Horror News Network presents our best on-going series of 2016 award to Dark Horse Comics’ Abe Sapien. The series, written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, illustrated by Sebastian and Max Fiumara, colored by Dave Stewart, and lettered by Clem Robins, finished as it started with a strong focus on the exsistential crisis of Abe and his struggles with his place in the B.P.R.D., the human world, and the universe.
After a number of mini-series and one shots featuring Hellboy’s closest friend and ally Abe Sapien, his on-going series started in April of 2013 and wrapped up in August of this year. With no permanent Hellboy book to speak of (and the small problem of Hellboy’s death), Abe took center stage as one of the original humanoid characters in the Mignolaverse. Abe was always an introspective, intelligent character that balanced Hellboy’s “shoot first and ask questions later attitude”, but this series allowed fans to fully understand the man inside the monster and the difficulties that Abe often struggled with, trying to balance his own well-being and quest against the needs and safety of others. Invariably, Abe almost always picked the selfless route and the final seven issues released this year ended in a typical bitter-sweet fashion for the lovable, blue “gill-man”.
Although fans will certainly miss the engaging stories and beautiful art, we hope that all those involved with making Abe Sapien a success will continue to explore similar themes in future endeavors with the same attention to detail and literary quality that this series provided (and if you want to tell more stories about Abe, I don’t think anyone will mind either…)