Abe Sapien volume 1: The Drowning
Abe’s first solo mission captured in this 5 issue mini series is written by Mike Mignola and illustrated by Jason Shawn Alexander. Abe shines in his first stand alone and proves he’s nobody’s sidekick.
Abe is B.P.R.D. field rookie in this adventure which has him looking to retrieve an ancient dagger from a tiny fishing island. Of course in true B.P.R.D. fashion the island is haunted and soon Abe is up to his gills in wizards, demons, and sea monsters. Abe is known as thoughtful and serious character which is only furthur developed through his portrayal in this series.
The writing lacks the usual humor associated with Hellboy adventures but again that’s a reflection on the serious manner in which Abe conducts himself. The definite highlight of this mini-series is the artwork. I learned that Alexander uses a technique where very little pencil is used. He uses just straight away inking. I found this method created a very dark ambience which enhanced the story by creating a somber mood throughout.
Overall this series had great artwork and insight into Abe’s character. An excellent read if you are familiar with the Hellboy universe but best to avoid it if you haven’t read any earlier Hellboy and B.P.R.D.