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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

B.P.R.D : Hell on Earth #145 Early Review

BPRD: Hell on Earth #145 Review

Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi

Artist: Laurence Campbell

Publisher: Dark Horse

Release Date: September 21st, 2016

Rating: 10 out of 10

Synopsis: The end of the BPRD looms, as does the world!

Our Thoughts:

Mignola, Arcudi, and Campbell are weaving an epic, emotional end to the BPRD, and this may be the most harrowing story yet;  beloved characters seem to meet their demise, others are left exhausted after insurmountable battles, and some just want to “free the butterflies”. 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

Dark Horse Comics Announces a New Hellboy Graphic Novel for 2017

Dark Horse Comics announced today that they will be publishing a brand new original graphic novel starring Hellboy in the Spring of 2017.  Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea will be illustrated by Gary Gianni and co-written by Gianni and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

In terms of Hellboy continuity, the story takes place directly after the events of “The Island” and involves ghost ships, pirates, and a mad quest for giant sea creature.  With elements like these in the mix, any Mignola-verse fan is bound to sign on for this journey! read more