No dialogue means maximum story-telling.
After a short one month hiatus, Dark Horse Comics releases Abe Sapien #12, a dark one-shot titled “The Garden,” by Mike Mignola, Scott Allie and Max Fiumara. Sebastián Fiumara and Dave Stewart’s striking cover features a large Abe overlooking a small cabin.
For a book titled “Abe Sapien”, this issue is extra-light on the Abe, instead diving into the minds of two survivors from Gallup. We get to see how two vastly different persons deal with loss and suffering. Focusing on a couple inside a house Abe stumbles upon, Mike Mignola and Scott Allie flesh out the world and bring a personal, human touch to post-apocalyptic survival in the Hellboy Universe, with this slow, quiet issue.
The real stars here are Max Fiumara and Dave Stewart, as the caption boxes follow their stunning images. For an issue jam-packed with flashbacks, the reader is never thrown at what era they’re observing. Fiumara uses skewed angles to create a sense of dread and keep the reader off-guard. Stewart’s colors guide the reader, as the present is skewed towards darks and lights, while the flashbacks stand more of a middle ground.
Mike Mignola isn’t one to shy away from using mythology in his books and the Biblical undertones aren’t subtle; the man views his home as a potential new Garden of Eden and Abe as the serpent come to tempt them. For an issue with no dialogue, Abe Sapien #12 speaks volumes, with a tale of two people dealing in heartache, grief and fear. It’s not the best jumping-on point for new readers, but it’s well worth the read.
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