New Comics Wednesday: Abe Sapien: The Abyssal Plain #1 (of 2)
If you were waiting for more news on the big revelation of Abe Sapien in the last BRPD issue (BPRD: King of Fear), this comic will not stop your waiting. Abe Sapien: The Abyssal Plain is a two issue mini-series (with the first issue out today, June 30) that again dips into the untold past of the BPRD.
As much as I love the huge over-arching story that has been threading through Hellboy and BPRD, I like the smaller, unrelated one-shots and mini-series as well.
Mike Mignola and John Arcudi are sharing writing honors again. This duo have been responsible for most of the BRPD comics lately, with Mr. Mignola helping Mr. Arcudi with the plots; after which, Mr. Arcudi does the scripting. Need a better recommendation than that? If so, you are not reading the same comic as I.
The artist is Peter Snejberg. This is not his first foray into Mr. Mignola’s twisted world; he did a one shot in the War On Frog series. I fell in love with Mr. Snejberg’s art on The Books of Magic (yeah, that wonderful little comic book about a young, powerful wizard growing up in Britain that predates Mr. Potter by a few years). It has been a while since he has done any regular work for DC (Starman) and Vertigo, so I am happy he is again putting his mark on the BPRD world.
What do we see in this latest visit to the Hellboy/BPRD world? Well, it involves Nazis (again?), Russians (again?), something magical (again?), and a submarine (well now, that is new!). Yes, it is the first of two issues, so I cannot really say much without giving anything away about its short plot.
I will say this: I felt curiosity more than any dread. What is down there, and why? There seems to be an answer in the first issue, but I doubt that is all there is to this story.
There is no doubt I am a confirmed BPRD fan (prejudiced?), so take this recommendation with a grain of salt. Alternatively, you can wait for my review on the second issue to see if the second issue comes through on the promise of the first.
Bottom Line $3.50/$3.50