And Then I Read: ABE SAPIEN Vol. 4

SapienShapeImage © Mike Mignola.

This series has become something of a mix of “The Fugitive,” and the usual B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth madness. Abe Sapien has morphed into something more alien than his original appearance, and has fled from the B.P.R.D., his home and employer until now, and they’re trying to find him. Meanwhile, he’s wandering across the western U.S. amid the devastation of hellish eruptions from beneath the earth, creatures great and small out to kill and destroy humanity and anything they come across. There are pockets of people trying their best to keep their lives together amid this, and in two story arcs, Abe gets involved with some of them. Because of his monstrous look, he’s met with hostility and suspicion, though some also recognize him as one of the good guys. And there are evil humans out there too, with agendas and deals of their own. Abe seems to be sleepwalking at times, until some horrific event brings out the fight in him, but overall it’s a bleak world he’s in, and he doesn’t seem to know how he fits into it. The writing is compelling, though I wasn’t a huge fan of the art this time. Still, worth reading.

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