Dark Horse Comics
Writers: Mike Mignola & Scott Allie
Art: Michael Avon Oeming
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover: Max Fiumara & Dave Stewart
Review: Tom Barnett
This issue of Abe Sapien is a perfect jumping on point as this is a stand alone issue. Abe finds himself trying to save a team of researchers that have found something in an underground cavern in Mexico. The researchers believe that this was the underground cavern that was the Mayan underworld. Before Abe can get even get there, some of the researchers have disappeared, some have gone awol. What could be in the cavern? What does Abe need to save them from?
This issue is a great example of the wonderfully macabre storytelling the Mignolaverse is known for. This book is sufficiently creepy. Michael Avon Oeming’s artwork is really haunting throughout the book. Lots of small details are thrown in to give the reader a bit of scene, but more importantly is the use of blacks and greys. You really get the feeling that you are down there in the cavern with Abe and you can’t quite tell what you are seeing. Oeming delivers some real knockout panels, where the images do so much more to set the tone and mood then any amount of words could. Oeming’s best layout comes early in the book when the page flow follows a trail of blood left from a cut on Abe’s arm. Good stuff.
Colorist Dave Stewart plays no small part in making the book haunting. He does a great job at keeping the color subdued yet allowing the artwork to stay visible and clear.
A top notch issue of Abe Sapien. If you missed it last week pick it up this week. You won’t be disappointed. Haunting, creepy storytelling at its best.
Tom is a contributing writer for Drunk On Comics. You can follow him on Twitter at @tphoto10.