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Seattle Is Worse: Abe Sapien #10

Written by Tim Midura on Tuesday, February 11 2014 and posted in Reviews

Seattle Is Worse: Abe Sapien #10

Abe Sapien talks about his past and more strange occurrences.

From Dark Horse Comics, co-written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, Abe Sapien #10, reaches the middle of the latest arc, To The Last Man. With art by Max Fiumara and color by Dave Stewart, the issue sports a cover depicting a menacing Abe Sapien below images of a icthyo sapien fetus and Gustav Strobl holding Agent Vaughn’s head.
After burning the horses and eggs, Abe Sapien opens up to J.J. Harrison about his life story, while mystic Gustav Strobl reveals his true use for Agent Vaughn. Then, two teenagers go missing in Payton, AZ, and J.J. and Abe end up butting heads over the circumstances of their disappearance. Suzy Alexander gives J.J. a stern talking to, and we learn the real purpose of the teenagers on the golf course.
Mike Mignola and Scott Allie turn up the proverbial heat following the quiet previous issue. We see characters clashing and Abe finally opening up about his previous life. I like the pro-patriotism sign at the motel, as I feel a major tragedy such as the end of the world would attempt to bring people together. My favorite part, though, was the great storytelling at the end, with J.J. reassuring Suzy about the golf course kids and Max Fiumara’s art contradicting J.J.’s words.
For the last four pages, Fiumara expertly flips back and forth between J.J. and Suzy and the kids; Dave Stewart’s brilliant coloring helps demonstrate the distinction using darks and lights, respectively. Fiumara exhibits his talent for detail in J.J.’s living room, down to the small duck sitting on the tree stump table. Another panel of equal awe is the quick flashback to the world ending with its crumbling buildings and bright colors. Touching on Stewart’s genius again, the last page featuring Strobl and Vaughn has some of the sharpest contrast of colors I’ve seen.
I get more and more excited with each issue as Abe Sapien continues to find himself. Featuring one of the most rock-solid creative teams, with the raw talent to match, Abe Sapien #10 is a must read.


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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. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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