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History of the Mayans: Ape Sapien #7

Written by Tim Midura on Thursday, November 14 2013 and posted in Reviews

History of the Mayans: Ape Sapien #7

Abe Sapien Is One Step Closer To Xibalba!



Wrapping up the short arc, The Shape of Things To Come, Abe Sapien #7, written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, with pencils and inks by Sebastian and Max Fiumara, and colors, as always, by Dave Stewart, is released this week.
 
Abe Sapien is traveling through the Yuca, Arizona desert, with Elena and Rey, looking for Elena’s father, when they stop at an oasis to gather water. While there, Rey and Elena discuss again with Abe, the Mayan creation story of the five brothers who each created an earth, which was subsequently destroyed until the fifth brother created the earth as it is now. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Spring Steel Guard is standing watch outside Phoenix when a zombie-like creature attacks them. They’re momentarily startled until Abe, Elena and Ray come roaring down the street toward them, with a giant skittering creature following, when they become completely terrified. 
 
Mignola and Allie are great with their dialogue, especially when they delve into the Mayan mythology. They’re crystal clear about the history of the Mayans, explaining it multiple times. The Phoenix Spring Steel Guard are appropriately always on edge. They also bring up a very serious moment when Abe figures out what he's really doing in the desert. He takes the time to collect himself and realizes what he needs to do to return to the B.P.R.D.
 
The Fiumaras’ art is fitting. Their landscapes are sweeping, stretching off into the distance, and their zombie is rottingly apt. The crawling, desert creatures are terrifying with claws sticking out of their head. Dave Stewart shows his expertise outstandingly on the page with the explosion, as it fills the entire frame with the rest of the panels superimposed onto it.
 
My favorite panel is in response to Elena’s line, “And sometimes in between, monsters come along, and holy men use the fire to fight the monsters.” The next panel is Abe with a bright, flaming headshot of Liz Sherman behind him. The savior at the end is random and fitting. I can’t wait for next month’s issue, when Abe Sapien goes to Xibalba!




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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.


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