I prefer my comics to be one and dones. If I can't get that, I'll settle for a two and through. This week, Abe Sapien #6, co-written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, with art by Sebastian Fiumara and colors by Dave Stewart, starts a two issue arc entitled The Shape of Things to Come.
Mignola and Allie are on point here as this issue is exposition and dialogue heavy. We open with Abe Sapien wandering around the Arizona desert when he comes across a young Spanish girl named Elena who is out searching for her father. She recognizes Abe and takes him back to her camp. They exchange stories of monsters and we find out the true reason Elena’s father ran off. The tales are heavy with Mayan mythology which I find really interesting. Also, adding to the realism, a decent portion of the dialogue is in Spanish. I don’t speak much of it, although I didn’t think it took away from the story at all. I did recognize the word quesadilla though.
This is my first experience with Fiumara’s art but it fits well with the rest of the Hellboy Universe. His linework is thick with a lot of grit which is perfect for a desert setting. I have to make note of the detail on the coyote and especially on the Mayan gods. The splash pages featuring the Mayan gods truly come alive and Dave Stewart is great on colors as always. The day scenes are bathed in orange and red while the night scenes are aglow with blue and purple. This provides a distinct contrast in mood.
The only problem I had with Abe Sapien #6 was near the end when a few different characters are introduced without any explanation as to who they are. They're not very important characters which means it doesn't interfere too much with the plot, but it would've been nice to know what's going on.
The heavy Mesopotamian influence is something rarely seen in the Hellboy Universe. I love the Celtic and Slavic folklore but introducing new mythos is fun. This issue is a slow burner, leaving plenty of room for action in the next issue and with a two issue arc, there’s plenty of potential for an entertaining read.