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A century ago, paranormal investigator Edward Gray fought and destroyed a powerful warlock off the coast of the island of Saint-Sébastien. In the early 1980s, the B.P.R.D.'s newest agent was sent to retrieve the warlock's remains. But Abe Sapien is ill prepared for the dark forces that block his way. Written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and featuring the haunting art of Jason Shawn Alexander (Damn Nation, The Secret, The Escapists), Abe Sapien: The Drowning is the story of Hellboy and B.P.R.D. mainstay Abe Sapien's first solo adventure.
* " . . . this haunting trade by Mike Mignola and Jason Shawn Alexander will leave you gasping for air." -Wizard
* Collects Abe Sapien: The Drowning #1-5.
Dec 05, 2011
Kimberly from Louisiana
Mar 19, 2010
Luke Zwanziger from Oregon
This comic's art ranks as number one of the the most impactful and beautiful art I have ever seen in a comic.
Jason Shawn Alexander's wonderful art style is created by inking straight away with little or no pencils. His art drips, and oozes with an edge, giving a clear sense of emotion, relying heavily on the dark shadowing to convey the images.
The art gives a sense of foreboding, exhilaration and excitement. I was completely taken, absorbed in the pages, soaking in the images, and when I was done, I went back to page one. Alexander's art tells the story just as well as Mignola's words, which often are sparse letting just the images tell the story. In the end it is beautiful.
The coloring by Dave Stewart was amazing too, winning the 2009 Eisner Award for Coloring on this run.
Whether you are a Hellboy fanboy/girl, or just want some of the best comic book reading, I definitely recommend you pick up this book.
May 06, 2009
Luigi Petrucci from 's Gravenhage, Netherlands (Holland)
Nice side story in the universe of Hellboy. the story-telling of Mignola is as always great, and the drawing fit in the style of Hellboy. If you like Hellboy and BPRD (like me) you need to read this.
Oct 21, 2008
Brendon from Tigard, OR
Oh, Abe Sapien--the unheralded partner of Hellboy. This is Abe's first solo adventure written by Mike Mignola (even if it's not drawn by him), and I have to say it doesn't disappoint.
The Hellboy stories have always had a sort of style and pacing all their own, and The Drowning is no exception; if you've read Hellboy, you'll instantly be in familiar territory. Where it differs from the usual antics of Big Red and Co. is in the obvious differences between Abe and Hellboy himself. If Lobster Johnson and the latest Hellboy/BRPD stories are designed around action, The Drowning is designed around the environment and history of the world.
At times this does come back to bite Abe in his aquatic ass. For example, in this first volume there's quite a bit of backstory explanation going on--perhaps too much for some readers just wanting to see how this latest caper turns out. Even with that "fault," Abe Sapien vol 1 is a must-buy for fans of Mignola's works, and warrants at least a trial perusal by those interested in anything remotely related to Lovecraft, Hellboy, paranormal mysteries, and good ol' pulp fun.