Abe Sapien #1 Reviewed

Abe Sapien

Abe Sapien

As I mentioned in my last review of B.P.R.D.: Vampire, I am a huge fan of the Mignolaverse, yet when I first heard that Abe was being given his own ongoing series, I admit that I was apprehensive. Abe’s previous three limited series—The Drowning, The Abyssal Plain, and The Devil Does Not Jest—were great stand alone stories (The Drowning in particular) which made great leaps in furthering Abe’s character, but a full blown ongoing series? This is often a means to sell more comics, and it can also signal the kiss of death, as the character is generally the one that suffers from storytelling that lacks substance.

That being said, I have rarely been disappointed in anything related to the Mignolaverse, so I eagerly dove in.

The opening pages brought a smile to my face. Sebatián Fiumara’s art is perfectly suited to the series. It is so evocative of Lovecraftian creepiness, that I felt as though I was instantly transported to Innsmouth. The macabre is definitely alive and well in these pages, and I look forward to seeing more in the coming issues. That, unfortunately, is where my excitement ends.

It was about halfway through the issue that I realized something was very wrong. It wasn’t just that the issue so far was nothing more than a recap of current events already visited in other B.P.R.D. books, what I really wanted to know was where Abe was? Perhaps that’s the point that Scott Allie is trying to make.

Since Abe’s “Evolution,” he has escaped from B.P.R.D. headquarters, and is now on the run, with everyone trying to find him. Yet I found no attempt to further this plot. No building mystery or sense of mounting tension, just pages of recap. It’s only at the end of the issue that we discover that Abe is, yep, you guessed it, on the run with everyone trying to find him—continued next month…

As a new issue of a new series, this would have been a great start—had it been a series introducing a brand new character, but Abe’s already an established character who should have been afforded a much stronger kick off. Here’s to hoping that as the series progresses, it doesn’t send Abe into mediocrity.

By Jared W Lindenberg

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