Abe Sapien #1

Abe Sapien #1

Writer: Scott Allie, Mike Mignola Artist: Sebastian Fiumara Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: April 3, 2013 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 1
7.1Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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On the run from the B.P.R.D., a mutated Abe Sapien traverses a devastated America, with monster corpses scattered around and cities in ruin.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Apr 3, 2013

    I have definitely been waiting for a series focusing primarily on Abe's character, so this is something I really looked forward to reading. The good news is that the first issue definitely holds up and meets my expectations, so hopefully fans of the B.P.R.D. universe and Abe, specifically, will feel the same way. I loved the way Mignola pieced the story together by giving readers an adequate set-up. The story is organized well and will keep you engaged and interested in the story. It is definitely a fun read. If you are a new reader, there is not much you need to know about this issue going in: this is a great place to start reading if you are not familiar with this universe. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Apr 6, 2013

    My main question though is the subtitle. What does 'Dark and Terrible' mean for Abe Sapien? Is that a description of this time in his life, a description of his past, a description of what he'll be fighting, or a description of what he is going to become? Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 4, 2013

    Abe solo? Abe is gold! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Addicts - Anirudh Singh Apr 9, 2013

    I wish they would just tell me already. Find it, read it" and despair on the unknown. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Apr 3, 2013

    It's a rock solid start that beautifully sets up this arc and beyond. Having read issue #2 already as well, we can assure you readers " this is just the tip of the iceberg. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - GreenBastard Apr 4, 2013

    The art of this issue is outstanding, an incredibly realistic look with just a hint of sketchiness that Mignola's world is famous for. Sebastin Fiumara gives all the characters and environements of the book a life-like appearance; this rings true even for the monstrous creatures that are showcased throughout the book. Dave Stewart, who is now the goto colourist for most of the BPRD books, does his thing giving that extra oomf the book needs through the use of his colour pallet and shading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Daniel Alvarez Apr 4, 2013

    Overall, the Abe Sapien series is off to a good start. The story is slowlyestablishedwith quite a few things being hinted at. Vampires look to be in the mix. Abe is easily one of the best characters of the B.P.R.D. universe, I'll be looking forward to the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Apr 6, 2013

    While the comic doesn't reveal the complete threat, it does tease it well enough to get me back for more. Abe is a compelling character and while he is obviously tied to Hellboy, he can and clearly does do just fine on his own. I definitely recommend checking this comic out. I like where this comic is heading. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Sean Apr 4, 2013

    Fiumara saves this one from being just another in an amazingly vast amount of B.P.R.D. forgettables as of late. That's not to say they aren't all entertaining, but honestly, the way he draws Abe"and people in general"sticks with you. He draws an impressive Abe Sapien. It may be my favorite depiction of Abe yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Apr 7, 2013

    Superb art and some well-brought exposition saves this issue from being a complete bore, as there is not much happening here. Fans of the Mignolaverse shall find much to like here, but new readers may not necessarily be as enthusiastic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Nat Webb Apr 5, 2013

    Getting into "Abe Sapien" requires a level of trust. Mignola and Allie are old hands at weaving this kind of story, and they clearly have an end in mind for the disparate threads that make up this first issue. At the same time, it's frustrating watching things happen without context. There's no single point of view to latch onto, and our hero is rare and alien in the debut of a book that bears his name. Luckily, Fiumara's art carries the day, especially his terrifying monster designs, so overall it'll be worth continuing on with "Abe Sapien" and the "Dark and Terrible" storyline. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Apr 7, 2013

    The second half of this book definitely drags a bit, but that's mostly in comparison to the first half, which is paced so tightly that when things loosen up it's hard to ignore. Regardless, there's a lot of good stuff happening in this opening issue. The title is approachable for new readers, open for those wanting to return to the Mignola-verse, and rewarding for those who have stuck with it all along. Scott Allie explains in the letters column that they have big plans for Abe Sapien in the coming years. Abe Sapein: Dark & Terrible #1 shows how serious they are about that. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Danielle Luaulu Apr 8, 2013

    Slow to start, this book is one of those that you really need to hold out until maybe the second issue. Like the Hellboy series, Mignola and Allie have the chance to take their time and make a cohesive story, one where they can focus on a much grander plot than they normally do in the typical mini-series. Hopefully, thanks to that, they will be able to delve into Abe's story further in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli Apr 3, 2013

    While last week's BPRD: Vampire was to thin, Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrbile (Part 1 of 3) is weighed down by the wrong people. Still, it was a decent read and served as a great jumping on point for newcomers. Let's just hope the series focuses more on the strength of Abe in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Apr 2, 2013

    Abe Sapien is my second favorite Hellboy character, so I was very happy to see him get his own title; however, the issue spends far too much time establishing the setting and barely features the title character. As a first issue, it sizzles when it should explode, and while I'm in this for the long haul, being a Hellboy and Mignola fan, if I were a new reader coming to this title, I can't say that I would stick with it. Hopefully the next issue will feature a better balance of exposition and action, but for now, this is a disappointment. Recommended for Hellboy fans. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Nov 27, 2013

    If you expect me to read this side series, then peak my interest. Make me care. Give me a feeling of anticipation for the next issue. Dont just deliver some throw away lines about other comics and then end the issue. Its as if I wandered through a party and came across the punch line of a joke. How frustrating. Abe Sapien #1 is the reason why I usually wait for trades on these type of side-books. I got stuff to do. Either make me care or dont bother. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Apr 3, 2013

    I know that this series will be as outstanding as Mignola’s other works. The only problem is that a first issue has to have some bang to go along with all the words. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics Crux - Cal Cleary Apr 3, 2013

    Theres a good book buried somewhere in here, somewhere near the top. The scenes of a devastated countryside, monster corpses laying around, homeless people trading legends of close encounters and conspiracy theories that are all too true theres some really cool stuff going on at the world-building level, stuff that makes me want to push Hellboy way up my reading list (hopefully, the Hellboy Library Editions will go back in print; those looked gorgeous). But character, pacing, atmosphere? This feels like a first draft. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GreyMouser Apr 4, 2013

    .. $3.50,22pgs.comic, 8pgs of ADs. . . . Finally we see Abe return to his own mini-series and the world as it stands. An excellent primer fro those that have missed "Hell on Earth" so far, or are new to BPRD in general. For those of us who have been tuning in its a bit of a rehash, but a smart retelling. Good work from Scott Allie here, and the art is good and effectively moody but stands to taste. Not action here, but plenty of good dialog and characters that make this seems even more like a BPRD boo then an Abe book, so far.

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