Abe Sapien #5

by Sean Tonelli on August 07, 2013

Abe Sapien #5
What happens when the mangled body of a monster hating redneck washes ashore and you happen to be a giant fish-man? Well you play detective of course and make sure no one calls you ‘killer’ again.
Before going on a hiatus till October, Mignola and crew tie up Abe’s current arc in a nice, if somewhat underwhelming fashion.  Remember Barry for the last issue? That D-bag who tried to cut Abe with an exacto-knife? Yea, he’s dead now. Karma right? But was it Abe, or is something or someone else responsible?
It’s nice to see Abe use his big brain as a detective, even if the story itself is a little underwhelming. The problem rests mainly with the ancillary characters, all of whom we care nothing about. Abe’s story, from his birth, to his time with the B.P.R.D. right up until now has been epic and sprawling. One cannot help but feel that this chapter is but a footnote in the encyclopaedia of Abe. In all honesty, one could even make a fair bet as to say that this chapter wouldn’t even make the cut. Aside from the spectacular scene where Abe dives into the Salton Sea to confront the Ogdru Hem larva, there really isn’t much to care about.
The art is very serviceable, and intentionally muted. The Salton Sea, even the world, is no longer a bright and cheery place, and Fiumara uses this to his advantage. The characters look haggard, and the only moment of relief comes from Abe’s all too needed dip in the water.
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.   
Abe Sapien #5
Story: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Art: Max Fiumara
Colours: Dave Stewart
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover: Max Fiumara
Publisher: Mike Richardson for Dark Horse Comics

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