Abe Sapien #5

Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi Artist: Max Fiumara Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: August 7, 2013 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 1
7.7Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

After a half-eaten body washes ashore, a small cult suspects the hungry killer may be Abe, who flees to the Salton Sea only to confront a dangerous Ogdru Hem larva.

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Aug 25, 2013

    Must reading for fans of the Mignolaverse or those who enjoy end of the world yarns. Not an upper of a story by any means, but an incredible experience if you venture to it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Space Chief Aug 13, 2013

    I really enjoy this comic month after month and actually dig it more than the exploits of Mignola's other more famous character in Hellboy In Hell. The writing gets you right into Abe's head, you feel his emotions, his fear, his sadness that his brother Hellboy has not returned while these monsters surface all over the planet, and his pity for the human race. The artwork by Max Fiumara and Dave Stewart is pretty amazing in that it looks totally original and is beautifully colored but you can tell it is set in Mignola's world. It's almost like someone turned on the lights in some of Mignola's art for Hellboy, setting a different tone for Abe's series. I would definitely recommend this book, but because I was a bit confused by the deep sea diver and the cocoon panels I gotta give Abe Sapien a solid" Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Joey Caswell Aug 8, 2013

    Although personal feelings towards this book were relatively ambiguous at first, particularly for someone who is a huge fan of the Mignolaverse, recent issues have solidified an opinion of brilliance. Issue #5 in particular demonstrated what this series is really trying to say, and where the creative team seems to want go with the story. Although the aspects concerning Abe's origins are vaguely delivered and not often related back to earlier revelations regarding his beginnings and purpose, the rest of the story provides for a profound commentary of Hell on Earth that stands in stark contrast to that portrayed in B.P.R.D., the series to which Abe Sapien almost seems to serve as a "companion". Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Sean M. Thompson Aug 7, 2013

    Also, the proportions are on point. The perspectives are interesting in certain panels. A lot of Abe running and mutant coyotes hunched over, about to pounce. You gotta love it. 8.0Beautiful looking Abe.Spectacular huge monster panels, and great monsters in general.Narrative went in a direction unexpected.TELL ME WHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH MY ABE! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Aug 7, 2013

    This is part two of the story arc, but really there aren't a lot of details from the first issue that you need to know to read this issue and the characters recap the events all on their own as well. Also, like I said before, this is going to be a collector's item for any Mignolaverse fan. Don't miss it and hit yourself later when its importance becomes apparent to everyone else making it hard to find. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Aug 13, 2013

    Some of the aspects of this issue, like the approach to the death of a character and the mystery behind it, could have been worked much better, yet the beautiful art, colorization and the subtle horror and philosophical approach saves it from being a small dud. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Daniel Alvarez Aug 6, 2013

    Overall, a solid issue of Abe Sapien. Action is light, but the dialogue is strong. It's kind of a sci-fi murder mystery, so many should find it entertaining. It's almost time for some big action pieces however. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli Aug 7, 2013

    Abe Sapien #5 seems like a bit of a throwaway issue. There isn't too much going on, and with all the excitement over in the B.P.R.D. side, Abe's place on comic shelves seems a little unnecessary at the moment. Let's hope the hiatus can re-ignite Abe's fire this October. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore and David Harper Aug 7, 2013

    David: I'll give it a 6.5. It in a lot of ways was well crafted, but I just didn't really connect with it, plus I had a few storytelling issues. Next month, we're back to Seb and Scott! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - GreenBasterd Aug 9, 2013

    Its a sad fact but Abe Sapien wont be back in his own ongoing until October, I dont know if this means that he will make appearances in other book along the way, but I am certain that we will miss this book in the meantime. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GreyMouser Aug 9, 2013

    . . $3.50,22 + 4pg Prv. NO ADs!! Dark B- cover. . . Part 2 of 2 of this quick and excellent short arc. While the feel is off in the early pages it comes back as soon as he hits the Saline Salton Sea. By the end of the issue i feel like it was a good ride and in keeping with the creepiness of the MignolaVerse more then ever. The writing, story and plotting are good; Characters and dialog as well. Dave Stewart is excellent as usual on colors and tones. Max Fiumara's art style doesn't work for human characters, and is way off for the MignolaVerse at times, but his creatures,textures, backgrounds and most everything else are awesome. A recommended series. Apparently Mignola & Arcudi were just in my old town, but my LCS didn't bother to mention more

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