Abe Sapien, Vol. 1: The Drowning

Abe Sapien Vol The Drowning A century ago paranormal investigator Edward Grey fought and destroyed a powerful warlock off the coast of the island of Saint Sebastien In the early s the B P R D s newest agent was sent to ret

  • Title: Abe Sapien, Vol. 1: The Drowning
  • Author: Mike Mignola Jason Shawn Alexander
  • ISBN: 9781595821850
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • A century ago, paranormal investigator Edward Grey fought and destroyed a powerful warlock off the coast of the island of Saint Sebastien In the early 1980s, the B.P.R.D s newest agent was sent to retrieve the warlock s remains But Abe Sapien is ill prepared for the dark forces that block his way Written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and featuring the haunting art oA century ago, paranormal investigator Edward Grey fought and destroyed a powerful warlock off the coast of the island of Saint Sebastien In the early 1980s, the B.P.R.D s newest agent was sent to retrieve the warlock s remains But Abe Sapien is ill prepared for the dark forces that block his way Written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and featuring the haunting art of Jason Shawn Alexander Damn Nation, The Secret, The Escapists , Abe Sapien The Drowning is the story of Hellboy and B.P.R.D mainstay Abe Sapien s first solo adventure.

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    1. This is a solid, engaging story with some really good imagery. But I imagine that how much you like it will depend almost entirely on how much you like Abe himself, and whether or not you think he's cut out to be the leading man in a story. I do, and I tend to really enjoy the stories that Abe has a starring part in. This was no exception. The art is not by Mignola himself, which I know can be a sticking point for some people. Let's face it, nobody does the Hellboy universe as well as Mignola do [...]

    2. Set during the years when Hellboy was AWOL, Abe Sapien sets out to investigate the claims of a haunted fishing village. Enter pirates and buried treasure, zombies, voodoo and witches, large sea creatures and rough seas. The art on offer here is fantastic. Jason Shawn Alexander brings Mignola's script to life with vibrant pictures of doomed pirate vessels from the 18th century, lonely coastlines caught in the last glow of a sunset, and the empty, chilling stare of a soulless creature. Mignola's c [...]

    3. A great outing for Abe in his first solo mission. Set in the 80's, shortly after Abe was found, Abe is sent to an island in the Mediterranean to recover an ancient dagger. I'd forgotten the Witchfinder, Sir Edward Grey makes an appearance. I love how everything is tied together throughout the Mignolaverse. Jason Shawn Alexander's art works well here. The coloring is too dark in some of the panels but overall it sets a nice spooky vibe.

    4. If I didn't read some of the comments here I wouldn't thinked that the artwork is made by some other artist than Mignola itself. It is that good!The story was a little bit confusing in some moments, especially in the beginning, but it unfolds in an interesting one until the end.Solid stuff for the fans of Mignola an his Hellboy Universe or for those that are searching a great paranormal graphic novel.This is a great start for a series without Hellboy, even if I don't really understand why Mignol [...]

    5. Oh Abe my boy, you did well. Being the first full Abe arc I did not what to expect. Sure we've had Abe centered stories before but that was part of the BPRD. This arc, this ones about his first solo mission and it's fitting that this is his first solo arc. World: The art is moody, it's super scratchy (which I generally am not a fan of) and the colors are dark and brooding. The art took me a while to get into but man oh man were the monsters drawn well or what. The colors really set the tone for [...]

    6. Soe first 10 pages of this are GREAT! Exciting! Action-packed! No dialogue! Cool art! I was thinking this would be an amazing book. But after those 10 pages it's Exposition City, with the occasional action thrown in. But not enough to make this anything but pretty dang boring.

    7. 2.5 starsEver since the first movie, I've always loved Abe.Naturally, reading a solo-story of his sounded intriguing. The art doesn't disappoint, even though it's not Mignola.I did feel like the story was a bit weak and lacked a knockout punch to make it really interesting. In all honesty I would still read the next volume.

    8. I really liked this introduction to Abe Sapien. He is (currently) my favorite Mignolaverse characters, so I'm interested to see where this series takes him. The art was really cool, and the story was really interesting also. All in all, a great start!

    9. Hellboy is what got me into reading comics as an adult so it will always hold a special place in my heart. With that said, I have not read anything Hellboy, B.P.R.D Abe Sapien, or Lobster Johnson in a year or two because I've stopped buying print comics and am transitioning my collection to digital comics. That made me really happy to return to this world and I have missed reading these unique kind of stories. I say all this because it may have made me enjoy Abe Sapien more than the average pers [...]

    10. This is a solid story which is well suited to kick off Abe's comic series. The writing as ever is brilliant and whilst this isn't a fast paced tale, it is engrossing and thoughtfully written. I really liked this story and the gorgeous artwork by Jason Shawn Alexander.

    11. Any fan of HELLBOY, whether in film or in the comics, knows that Abe Sapien is one of the closest friends the big guy has. They also know that Abe has been around a long time and while just as brave as Hellboy, he's not quite as ready to just run into the action without thinking things through. When the remains of a long dead warlock begins to turn things nasty in a coastal town, the B.P.R.D. sends in Abe to see what is going on and put an end to it if possible. As this is the characters first s [...]

    12. I've always liked Abe as a supporting character but he's no Hellboy. There is a slight theme reflecting that running through the book. For me he's best used as a quiet contrast to the big red guy. Still there is some nice Mike Mignola writing here. It's very spare as always but Mike lets the myths & legends colour them selves and shows that you don't need lots of exposition for a mood piece like this. The art is pretty good but it isn't Mike's art - his stuff only appears on the covers - sha [...]

    13. Abe Sapien was always one of my favorite Hellboy characters, so when I saw he had his own book I was immediately intrigued. In this book Hellboy is away and no one knows when he is coming back so when the B.P.R.D. needs someone to retrieve a dagger and body from underwater, they decide to give Abe a chance. The myths and tales behind the story were very interesting; I found myself wondering if they were based on real historical facts or out of the writers heads. The dark monochromatic color pala [...]

    14. On par with the rest of the Hellboy series, with Abe earning his stripes solo and Hellboy taking a hiatus. As always, the artwork is a thing of beauty, infusing rich detail into a story told with remarkably few words. Also consistent with the series is deep and plentiful sampling from ancient history, pseudo-history, and dark, cavernous tales of the occult.Throw into this mix BPRD agents, magical weapons (both ancient and modern) and epic battles with terrifying monsters and you have yourself an [...]

    15. I heart Abe Sapien. This is masterful storytelling and gorgeous artwork. Fantastic first volume. I can't wait to get the second one!

    16. After the disappointment of the last Hellboy trade I read, I debated giving up on Mignola for a while. Instead, I opened up this story of Abe Sapien's first case without Hellboy to see if it would speak to me. And it felt exactly as it was advertised, a Hellboy story without Hellboy. It's a perfectly fine first volume of a secondary character from a franchise, but there wasn't much heart to it, and the literal Fish Out Of Water aspect annoyed me all the way through. I don't recommend reading it [...]

    17. New agent Abe Sapien takes a "easy" assignment by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, head of B.P.R.D. But what may be easy for Hellboy is not for the new agent. There is definite echoes of H.P. Lovecraft in this volume that seemed to lineage to the extra terrestrial Mi-Go race. This is set in the time span of where Hellboy is away from the B.P.R.D. I enjoyed the backstory of Abe Sapien's initial solo adventure that fills in some more of the Hellboy mythos.

    18. not enough stars. I have over the years read probably 80% or more of all the Hellboy and spinoff books and this one is probably the best illustrated and proof once again that Dave Stewart is the best colorist in comic book history. Great story, Mignola is the man. i read the compilation of all the books in this storyline, i could not find the compilation here on .

    19. This volume doesn't do as great a job establishing the mystique and intrigue as the first volume of Hellboy. But as the kickoff to exploring a supporting character in the Hellboy-verse, it's a fun read.

    20. Abe Sapien represents the best of Hellboy's dark, brooding undertones, without bringing any of the wit of warmth of the Hellboy character. The result is a fantastic story, steeped in classic prose and artistry, that sadly has none of the defining features that let Hellboy break out of its own genre and become a comic institution.The story concerns B.P.R.D. agent Abe Sapien, Hellboy's fishman friend, as he embarks on his very first solo mission. There's a lot of old monster story vibes in here; w [...]

    21. This volume hearkens back to one of the most drawn out and uninteresting parts in Abe Sapien's character development and chronicles his first solo mission. Because it's his first mission Abe is afflicted with doubt upon doubt about his reliability and if he is suited for this kind of work. Distraught-Abe was one of the more annoying elements in the early BPRD books until the introduction of Daimio (and when Abe subsequently quit moping around). This wouldn't have been quite so bad but, after hav [...]

    22. ABE SAPIEN VOLUME 1: THE DROWNING is really an odd duck. Why it's not included in the BPRD series is an editorial decision that I'll never understand. The book is not served to be divorced from the regular series. Rebranding within brands makes my head hurt/ confuses the larger audience, and I can't say the book is helped by this. Additionally, the artwork is okay-to-loose; fine art background or not, I can't help but think Alexander would shine on a different sort of project. Other reviews noti [...]

    23. I like most of the artists who've been pulled in to do Hellboy/B.P.R.D. universe spin-off titles, and there's nothing wrong with Jason Shawn Alexander's art, but on this title it suffers from not being Mignola's. Mignola's writing is sharp here, and it's a near-perfect example of what he's best at, but, while I always miss his art on any of the Hellboy spin-off stuff that he doesn't pencil, I seldom find myself saying "I wish Mignola were drawing this as often as I did with this one.I think that [...]

    24. In 1884 plant occult detective en special agent to Queen Victoria Edward Grey een dolk in het lijk van de Nederlandse warlock Epke Vrooman. Niet zomaar een dolk, natuurlijk: een Lipu-dolk, gemaakt in een Tibetaans klooster, speciaal om demonen te verslaan.Dat gebeurde op een schip, waarvan de bemanning eigenlijk ook al dood was, en uiteindelijk vergaat het schip ergens voor Saint Sébastien, en zinkt alles, lijk van Vrooman incluis, tot op de bodem van de zee.In 1981 krijgt Abe Sapien met twee [...]

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