Abe Sapien #13 Review

Should B.P.R.D. fans bother with this particular spinoff? Read on to find out.

The official description from Dark Horse Comics:

Haunted by guilt over the staggering death toll in Arizona, Abe vows to never let such horrors happen again—until a crazed healer and a frog-possessed teen block his path!

* A perfect starting point for new readers!

Abe Sapien 13_Preview PageThere’s something of an endearing quality for this property that deals with characters the feel, in a world of madness, lost but still fight on. Our hero is searching for the right path but along the way he’s embracing the fact that he wants to help and that right there cements him as a compelling lead in an environment full of problems and terrors. In short: this is a stellar title that deserves your attention.

Mike Mignola and Scott Allie pen what can be readily described as an ideal jump on point for both new and old readers. Following the events of the previous outing Abe Sapien continues his trek through the country with his new companion, and it doesn’t take long for the authors to throw a distraction in their path. And it’s from that plot element that we see the strength of our primary protagonist and the motivations that drive him to do what he does.

The star of the piece, for me, is the illustrations by Sebastián Fiumara. The talent effortlessly realizes the characters without giving them too much detail to distract from the forward momentum of the text. Each panel is perfectly suited to the task at hand but the final few seem a tad bit too chaotic in comparison with a largely finessed display. Add in the dynamic colors by Dave Stewart and this is a truly stunning array of images that will no doubt please.

Abe Sapien #13 is an easy comic book to review because the creative team has crafted an outing that begs for compliments. It never rises to the point where it feels like a turning point or key issue but, more often than not, it echoes with intent while continuing its consistent stride. Recommended.

  • + A former agent of the B.P.R.D. vs. The world.
  • + Carries an outstanding back-up feature!
  • + Abe remains worthy of his own comic.
  • - The ending moments feel abrupt...

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