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Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2017: Best Series

Horror News Network is proud to present our Best On-Going Series of 2017 Award to Dark Horse Comics’ B.P.R.D. The Devil You Know.

Many horror comic fans were upset to see the B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth series come to an end in 2016, with no sign of a return on the horizon, until last Summer’s joyous announcement that the tales of the B.P.R.D. would indeed continue.  The Devil You Know (co-written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, illustrated by long-time B.P.R.D. artist Laurence Campbell, colored by Dave Stewart, and with covers by Duncan Fegredo) picks up directly after the climatic defeat of the Ogdru Hem.  Unfortunately, the world that remains is just as dangerous as before, with a demonic threat never before witnessed in the Mignolaverse. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2017: Best Writer(s)

Horror News Network has selected Mike Mignola and Scott Allie as our Co-Writers of the Year for their work on Dark Horse Comics’ B.P.R.D. The Devil You Know.

Mignola and Allie (along with Sebastian and Max Fiumara and Dave Stewart) won last year’s Best Series award for Abe Sapien, and the team has picked off exactly where they left off with The Devil You Know.  After the death of Hellboy, the Mignolaverse continued on with a number of excellent mini-series (both historical and modern), but the foundation of the line has always been the B.P.R.D. titles, which continually introduced new characters and expanded the scope of the world that the stories take place in. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2016: Best Series

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”. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2016: Best Artist(s)

Horror News Network is happy to select Max and Sebastian Fiumara as our artists of the year for their work on Dark Horse Comics’ Abe Sapien.  

The Fiumara brothers have consistently provided both the interior and cover art for the majority of the series, which sadly ended this year with issue #36.  Max and Sebastian often alternated issues or covers throughout the entire run and this year was no exception.  The high standard that the Fiumara brothers set from the beginning of the run was one of the reasons fans returned to a series known for their distainct style. read more

Abe Sapien #36 Early Review

Abe Sapien #36 Early Review

Writer: Mike Mignola, Scott Allie

Artist: Sebastian Fiumara

Publisher: Dark Horse

Release Date:  August 31st, 2016

Rating: 9 out of 10

Synopsis:  Abe and a transformed Gustav Strobl battle to the finish in the final issue of the series!

Our Thoughts:

 Abe Sapien’s solo title has always been focused on the emotional and harrowing journey of Abe; a “new” man searching for his humanity and place in an unforgiving, cruel world.  Allie and Mignola have expanded on his story over more than 50 issues (including mini-series and one-shots) and it comes to an end with the inevitable showdown with dark sorcerer Strobl, which has been set-up since issue one. read more

Abe Sapien #35 Early Review

Abe Sapien #35 Early Review

Writer: Mike Mignola, Scott Allie

Artist: Max Fiumara

Publisher: Dark Horse

Release Date: July 13, 2016

Rating: 9 out of 10

Synopsis:  Abe struggles with returning to the dangerous world after finding “paradise”.

Our Thoughts:

Answers regarding Abe’s past and Gustav Strobl’s master plan are coming fast and furious as this story arc (and possibly title) heads for an explosive climax.  After the backstory of the original struggle against the Ogdru Hem was revealed last issue, Abe finds himself in an idylic setting for a change. And he’s not the only one, as his friend Grace and her companions from the early issues of the series and Abe’s journey are seen adjusting to a new way of life, without the horrors they were so used to.  The “too-good-to-be-true” vibe that Allie establishes is perfectly encapsulated in this scene as Alice writes a hopeful letter to Abe and send it “seaworthy” in a bottle. read more