Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible #1 Review

by Christine Caprilozzi

By Christine Caprilozzi , Sr. Editor

“Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible”
Writer: Mike Mignola, Scott Allie
Artist: Sebastian Fiumara
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: April 3, 2013

Synopsis: On the run from the B.P.R.D., a mutated Abe Sapien traverses a devastated America, with monster corpses scattered around and cities in ruin.

Our Thoughts: Guess whose back? Recently we saw Abe Sapien shot and declared brain dead in the “B.P.R.D.” series. After breaking out of the containment chamber, he hasn’t been seen since. Now with the entire country in turmoil, the government wants him found…ASAP. The book doesn’t waste time in setting the mood, and building on this previous turn of events, but does build up enough suspense to keep you guessing throughout the entire issue.

Story: I think Abe Sapien fans will be thrilled with what Mignola and Allie are building in this issue. The story is not only setting up this apocalyptic scenario with new characters, but also an inward battle for Abe. He is now the hunted. While this issue takes it’s time setting the table for Abe’s return, it doesn’t bore the reader into regretting the purchase.

Art: Fiumara’s artwork works well with the action of the storyline. His style, along with the colors by Dave Stewart, creates the gritty and grim atmosphere, which complements the feel and mood of what Mignola and Allie are trying to convery.

“Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible” #1 is the beginning of a new journey for Abe outside of the B.P.R.D. This reader always has high expectations of Mr. Mignola. Does he meet them with this series? So far, yes. The ending, which I will not give away, will make you want Issue #2 now to see where this journey leads.

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