Written by Tim Midura
and Frank Miller
on Thursday, March 13 2014 and posted in Reviews
To The Last Man wraps up as Gustav Strobl asserts his dominance.
Wrapping up the latest arc, To The Last Man, Dark Horse Comics released Abe Sapien #11 this week. With a story by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, artist Max Fiumara and colorist Dave Stewart combine on the cover for a worm’s-eye view of hands seemingly from Hell try to grab Abe Sapien.
Gustav Strobl finally arrives in Seattle and meets his old mentor, Antonis Kouvelis, in the age old showdown of pupil against teacher. The mysterious teenager’s plans come to fruition, as Abe’s overzealousness becomes a handicap. Meanwhile, Kate Corrigan is unsuccessful in getting Panya to give information on Abe’s activities and where he’s headed.
With many apologies to the townspeople of Payson, Ariz., Mike Mignola and Scott Allie wrap up Abe Sapien’s time there, where they turn the hero trope on its head as Abe tries his best to save the town. Confrontation is a major subject throughout the issue, as Sheriff J.J. defends the golf course kids against Abe, much to his later remorse, and Strobl has one last face-off against his former guru. I like that J.J. will do what he thinks is the right thing to save his town. You can tell he is a well-meaning person by the regret on his face with the kids’ plan happening around him.
The look of pain on J.J.’s face as he squeaks out, “No,” is a perfect panel by Max Fiumara. Opening with the destruction of Seattle and closing with the wreckage in Payson provide great bookends to the story. The splash spreading over pages four and five of Seattle are meticulous in the carnage, with Dave Stewart bringing a beautiful grimness in purples and pinks.
Abe Sapien #11 ends this arc on a down note with death across the board, but with Kate Corrigan on Abe’s case, I can tell things will be looking up!
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