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On the run from the B.P.R.D., a newly mutated Abe Sapien--more inhuman than before--travels across a United States transformed and overrun by monsters. Abe's search for the truth about himself--or his race away from his fate--mirrors the quest of an ancient necromancer to seize control of a world literally going to hell. This deluxe hardover edition collects Abe Sapien vol On the run from the B.P.R.D., a newly mutated Abe Sapien--more inhuman than before--travels across a United States transformed and overrun by monsters. Abe's search for the truth about himself--or his race away from his fate--mirrors the quest of an ancient necromancer to seize control of a world literally going to hell. This deluxe hardover edition collects Abe Sapien volumes 3-5 (the beggining of the Dark and Terrible story), plus an expanded sketchbook section.


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On the run from the B.P.R.D., a newly mutated Abe Sapien--more inhuman than before--travels across a United States transformed and overrun by monsters. Abe's search for the truth about himself--or his race away from his fate--mirrors the quest of an ancient necromancer to seize control of a world literally going to hell. This deluxe hardover edition collects Abe Sapien vol On the run from the B.P.R.D., a newly mutated Abe Sapien--more inhuman than before--travels across a United States transformed and overrun by monsters. Abe's search for the truth about himself--or his race away from his fate--mirrors the quest of an ancient necromancer to seize control of a world literally going to hell. This deluxe hardover edition collects Abe Sapien volumes 3-5 (the beggining of the Dark and Terrible story), plus an expanded sketchbook section.

30 review for Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible Volume 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Put all together you can really see how "meh" this series is. Abe just pointlessly wanders the desert, never advancing the story, like David Carradine in Kung Fu. Scott Allie's writing is not very good. it really sticks out compared to the other books in the Mignolaverse. Put all together you can really see how "meh" this series is. Abe just pointlessly wanders the desert, never advancing the story, like David Carradine in Kung Fu. Scott Allie's writing is not very good. it really sticks out compared to the other books in the Mignolaverse.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    This omnibus collects the beginning of Abe Sapien's ongoing series which was originally collected in paperback volumes 3 to 5. It follows Abe as he leaves BPRD mid-way through BPRD: Hell on Earth story arc and begins his own journey through the monster-infested world, trying to discover the secrets of his true purpose. Unfortunately, as much as I am a fan of Abe, I really wasn't into this book. Except for one story in the beginning that was written by John Arcudi, the rest of them are penned by S This omnibus collects the beginning of Abe Sapien's ongoing series which was originally collected in paperback volumes 3 to 5. It follows Abe as he leaves BPRD mid-way through BPRD: Hell on Earth story arc and begins his own journey through the monster-infested world, trying to discover the secrets of his true purpose. Unfortunately, as much as I am a fan of Abe, I really wasn't into this book. Except for one story in the beginning that was written by John Arcudi, the rest of them are penned by Scott Allie, a long-time Hellboy group editor who recently also started writing comics with Mike Mignola's supervision. Allie is nowhere near as good a writer as he is an editor — his stories feel scattered and disjointed, the plots themselves range from boring to viscerally unpleasant, and there is no semblance of an ongoing story here. The entire 'ongoing' nature of this series comes down to Abe aimlessly wandering from one town to the next, coming across some monsters and shitty humans who are worse than monsters. It has a sense of novelty at first since the stories here are very down to earth and people-centered compared to the global, all-encompassing threats we're used to seeing in the main BPRD series. That sense of novelty wears off fast though, and what's left has little to do with anything, let alone Abe's true role in the upcoming Apocalypse. I'd say that this book is only for the Mignolaverse completionists, but I am one of them and even I would rather have read something else.

  3. 5 out of 5

    RG

    Pretty avg

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cameron L

    The first few stories of this volume are interesting and engaging, and the Fiumaras art is consistently excellent, but as a whole this Abe Sapien series fails to live up to its potential and for his first titular series often feels uninterested in Abe as a character. This alongside the Rasputin miniseries is the weakest story in the Hellboy universe. After the third story it quickly becomes repetitive and meandering, and Abe himself becomes a frustrating protagonist to follow as he barely change The first few stories of this volume are interesting and engaging, and the Fiumaras art is consistently excellent, but as a whole this Abe Sapien series fails to live up to its potential and for his first titular series often feels uninterested in Abe as a character. This alongside the Rasputin miniseries is the weakest story in the Hellboy universe. After the third story it quickly becomes repetitive and meandering, and Abe himself becomes a frustrating protagonist to follow as he barely changes or learns anything. This series writing also misses a lot of the charming humour and weirdness present in comics like Hellboy and BPRD, leaving the storyline depressing and dreary.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)

    Rating: 4 stars - It was really good This review is for Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible volumes 1 and 2. Abe Sapien has woken from a coma to find himself mutated and more inhuman than ever. He leaves the B.R.P.D. and travels across the U.S. which has been overrun by monsters. Abe is searching for the truth about himself and the fate of the human race. These were very interesting stories. The world has been overrun with monsters and humans are slowly being wiped off the face of the earth. Abe is bas Rating: 4 stars - It was really good This review is for Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible volumes 1 and 2. Abe Sapien has woken from a coma to find himself mutated and more inhuman than ever. He leaves the B.R.P.D. and travels across the U.S. which has been overrun by monsters. Abe is searching for the truth about himself and the fate of the human race. These were very interesting stories. The world has been overrun with monsters and humans are slowly being wiped off the face of the earth. Abe is basically on a journey of self discovery. He wants answers but doesn’t know where to look for them, or even what all answers he is searching for. I enjoyed seeing the world through Abe’s point of view. Abe isn’t the confident warrior like Hellboy was, which I liked. He is more insecure about himself and his place in the world, especially since people keep pushing him away. As with all of the Mignola comics I have read, I loved the artwork for this book. The Fiumara brothers have done an amazing job at illustrating this story. I loved the mixture of dark and color for the panels, especially with the monsters and battle scenes. Overall, I really enjoyed Abe’s story even if it wasn’t what i was expecting. I do think I should have read B.R.P.D.: Plague of Frogs before reading this but I don’t think it has impacted my enjoyment of the story. You can also find my reviews at Red-Haired Ash Reads.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rumi Bossche

    Beautifull art wise, the story was a bit dull at times. Hope i like the second one better.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    I think that this is the lowest that I have ever rated a Hellboy-related book...The choice to let Editor Scott Allie take over the writing chores was an unfortunate one. A lot of the stories in this book are disjointed affairs, and feel completely weightless, pointless, and poorly thought-out. Luckily, there is a John Arcudi-penned story here to boost the rating a bit.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sohan Surag

    Abe Sapien was one of my favorite characters from the Del Toro's movies. I often felt sympathetic and worried about him. I always thought he was weak as depicted in the movie. Boy was I WRONG! BPRD comics let me know that he's just as badass as the Big Red and he's more than what was adapted into the movie. The guy is a force to reckon with and this spin off title proves it even further. What a journey he's taken after the 'change' and him questioning his destiny is as intriguing, scary and thic Abe Sapien was one of my favorite characters from the Del Toro's movies. I often felt sympathetic and worried about him. I always thought he was weak as depicted in the movie. Boy was I WRONG! BPRD comics let me know that he's just as badass as the Big Red and he's more than what was adapted into the movie. The guy is a force to reckon with and this spin off title proves it even further. What a journey he's taken after the 'change' and him questioning his destiny is as intriguing, scary and thick and draws a parallel between how Hellboy questions his Anung Un Rama destiny. Can't wait to read more of this!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Progress was made slow by a flooded house, which might be ironic for an Abe Sapien comic, but this was a good volume! Abe might have a worse prophecy than Hellboy did.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Arlomisty

    This one was ok... not as good as some of the BPRD graphic novels... kind of a filler story...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Todd

    I've loved every other Mignola-related work I've read, but this one was extremely disappointing. The premise of Abe trying to find out how he fits into the current ongoing apocalypse is interesting, but in practice it became 350 pages of almost no story advancement at all. Abe simply wanders around, meets a group of people, the people are slaughtered by monsters, then he moves on to meet the next group of people. This repeats 4-5 times, and that's the whole book. I'm honestly surprised this stor I've loved every other Mignola-related work I've read, but this one was extremely disappointing. The premise of Abe trying to find out how he fits into the current ongoing apocalypse is interesting, but in practice it became 350 pages of almost no story advancement at all. Abe simply wanders around, meets a group of people, the people are slaughtered by monsters, then he moves on to meet the next group of people. This repeats 4-5 times, and that's the whole book. I'm honestly surprised this story even made it into production considering the normally excellent quality I'm used to from anything in the Hellboy/BPRD/etc. universe.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angel Hench

    I really tried to get into this, I love the world of Hellboy, but I just didn't care about this at all. I felt like I had jumped into the middle of a series (which I guess I kind of did, although this is labeled Volume 1. Help a reader out here) and couldn't catch up. Also, I had a difficult time following the action sequences. Nice artwork, though. I really tried to get into this, I love the world of Hellboy, but I just didn't care about this at all. I felt like I had jumped into the middle of a series (which I guess I kind of did, although this is labeled Volume 1. Help a reader out here) and couldn't catch up. Also, I had a difficult time following the action sequences. Nice artwork, though.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jinji

    Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible Volume 1!!! Just as Hellboy is on his journey to hell, and the BPRD is dealing with the effects of the Plague of Frogs, Abe went out on his own to investigate the vision he received while on a BPRD assignment. Now, having resigned from the agency he is searching for clues into his past and recent evolution, while being followed by lovecraftian monsters, members of the agency, and even religious fanatics thinking that he is the messiah from the apparent Gods brought Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible Volume 1!!! Just as Hellboy is on his journey to hell, and the BPRD is dealing with the effects of the Plague of Frogs, Abe went out on his own to investigate the vision he received while on a BPRD assignment. Now, having resigned from the agency he is searching for clues into his past and recent evolution, while being followed by lovecraftian monsters, members of the agency, and even religious fanatics thinking that he is the messiah from the apparent Gods brought by the plague. On the other side of the country, Gustav Strobl, a practitioner of the Dark Arts, is also in search of the mysteries of Abe’s changes, and could also be a key to finding his past. This volume sets up his journey, but also opens up a myriad of question, that you’ll just have to wait for on the next volume to be answered. Just as with the Hellboy series, Abe’s is also filled mysteries, monsters, and some lore. Main difference is Abe’s not as trigger happy, or stone knuckled as Hellboy. Can’t wait for the next volume to come out!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leif

    Excellent art. Does something else in the Mignolaverse. Surprised at how sensitive and human this series is.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dlotempio

    The tone is more intimate than the grand-scale of B.P.R.D., which I thought was a wise choice. I'm ambivalent in regards to the execution though. The first arc really benefits if the reader is aware of the events in PLAGUE OF FROGS, the first two arcs in HELL ON EARTH and, to a lesser extent, HELLBOY IN HELL. Dark Horse DOES provide a brief intro that provides an adequate summary though. And once you're past the first arc, the series is more concerned with its own direction and themes.  The middl The tone is more intimate than the grand-scale of B.P.R.D., which I thought was a wise choice. I'm ambivalent in regards to the execution though. The first arc really benefits if the reader is aware of the events in PLAGUE OF FROGS, the first two arcs in HELL ON EARTH and, to a lesser extent, HELLBOY IN HELL. Dark Horse DOES provide a brief intro that provides an adequate summary though. And once you're past the first arc, the series is more concerned with its own direction and themes.  The middle arc contains a few done-in-one, but linked, stories. There is an ambitious issue with an interesting approach; the story is told in a strict 3 panels per page from the POV of 2 characters who encounter Abe. It allows the reader to empathize with the new characters and further deepens the terrible impact of HELL ON EARTH. One of the characters is frankly an awful person but, since this is HELL ON EARTH, he's suddenly the least of the problems. I felt sorry for him by the end, which was an impressive narrative trick. The last half of the collection is okay. Abe's development and the events just plod along. It's not awful by any means. It slightly rises above place-setting as Allie positions the characters for events that will occur in the next collection. Scott Allie scripts the series. I can't quite sync with his rhythm. He does a fantastic job with the horror aspects. The quieter, character moments on the other hand, of which there are many, feel flaccid. Several times I wanted the story to move on. It was nice to see Abe Sapien receive more attention but the core essence of his arc - deciding whether he is homo sapien or harbinger of a new species, figuring out his role in the new world, going on a cross-country journey to find himself - is WAY too similar to Hellboy's basic arc....except without the hammer of doom.  It’s a good to decent series for the dedicated Mignolaverse reader but not for someone new to it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Zare

    In parallel to the Hellboy's self-exile to find out what his true purpose is, Abe Sapien also decides to leave BPRD and find out if it is true that his mutations are linked with eruption of literal hell on Earth. Since some members of BPRD openly suspect he is connected with the appearances of the frogs he needs to show them he is not what they think he is. During his wanderings through Texas, Arizona and Mexico Abe comes across signs of eroding human society, various cults and appearances of mon In parallel to the Hellboy's self-exile to find out what his true purpose is, Abe Sapien also decides to leave BPRD and find out if it is true that his mutations are linked with eruption of literal hell on Earth. Since some members of BPRD openly suspect he is connected with the appearances of the frogs he needs to show them he is not what they think he is. During his wanderings through Texas, Arizona and Mexico Abe comes across signs of eroding human society, various cults and appearances of monsters, healers, witches and warlocks - some with the noble intentions, some not and others totally undecipherable. After rescuing girl named Grace from rather bizarre imprisonment Abe decides to stay with her and see where will the road take him next. And in yet another parallel path we follow third "pilgrim" in these troubling times - necromancer and warlock Gustav Strobl in his quest to regain his position among the daemons of the deep (hell is suddenly very silent and Strobl cannot use it as a source of power) and finally obtain the mysterious power that Abe might be very part of. Interesting collection of stories with wonderful art. Entire collection is more introspective and lethargic - almost all humans Abe comes across are more or less OK with their fate and this fatalistic view of the world only shows how deep did the society fall when confronted with unimaginable horrors from the deep. Recommended for fans of horror and Hellboy's universe.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    This review covers volumes 1 and 2. Basically I'm unclear why this needed to be its own series rather than like a 5-issue arc within BPRD. It doesn't feel substantial enough for an entire series, much less two giant omnibuses, and the repetitiveness makes that clear to me. So many scenes of Abe flashing back to previous things we've seen, so much of Abe swimming through water, seeing visions, etc. So many times meeting new boring characters and then he's just sort of hanging around. Actually, th This review covers volumes 1 and 2. Basically I'm unclear why this needed to be its own series rather than like a 5-issue arc within BPRD. It doesn't feel substantial enough for an entire series, much less two giant omnibuses, and the repetitiveness makes that clear to me. So many scenes of Abe flashing back to previous things we've seen, so much of Abe swimming through water, seeing visions, etc. So many times meeting new boring characters and then he's just sort of hanging around. Actually, that was the entire two books, Abe just sort of hanging around while a bunch of characters we don't care much about also hang around or freak out about stuff. I just expect better from the Hellboy universe after reading so much great stuff. Like the Lobster Johnson books aren't genius or groundbreaking but at least they are fun to read. These were not even fun. On a positive, I did like the mood of it at times. I found the end of volume 2 interesting as things about Abe's origins start to become more clear (but to be honest, I still don't understand.) And I liked the side story of the villain guy and the living dead BPRD agent who has to serve him. But really, these whole two lengthy books could have been a short side story and not such a lengthy departure. Abe's passiveness and hangin' out is just not very interesting to watch. IN MY OPINION!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Luke Shea

    Love Abe, super invested in him as a character and in the mystery he's trying to get to the bottom of, here. Don't love Allie as a writer, or as a person! Bad person! Fuck that guy forever for tainting one of my favorite things in the world by being an abusive sex criminal! While I enjoyed individual elements and arcs of this a lot, it feels structurally undercooked. It's like, by the end of this volume, we're basically back where we started. Abe is on this voyage of self discovery, and everywher Love Abe, super invested in him as a character and in the mystery he's trying to get to the bottom of, here. Don't love Allie as a writer, or as a person! Bad person! Fuck that guy forever for tainting one of my favorite things in the world by being an abusive sex criminal! While I enjoyed individual elements and arcs of this a lot, it feels structurally undercooked. It's like, by the end of this volume, we're basically back where we started. Abe is on this voyage of self discovery, and everywhere he goes, people are like, you gotta stop hanging around here and go on your voyage of self discovery! And he's like, yeah man, you're right, and then he goes to the next town for the exact same reasons and leaves for the exact same reasons. Everyone agrees constantly that Abe needs to solve the mystery of Abe! But it's like... presented as though its some kind of struggle. Even though the audience, the main character, and all the supporting cast all just want to get to the bottom of what' shappening to abe. Very weird. It's like when you go to a movie theater and they play an ad for the movie theater you're already in. Yeah. You got me. I'm in. You don't have to keep selling me the hook! Still and all, I do kind of enjoy Abe in this lone wanderer mode. Lots of good critters and I'm now sold on the fiumara art, which I wasn't originally.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Shea

    There is a lot of great art in this book. The pencils and inks and colors are all wonderful, however, the story blows. It's vague and meandering and dull. I was real bored and I ended up just flipping through the end because I completely lost interest. Nothing has changed for Abe since the beginning of the book. We get no answers to anything really. Hell on Earth HC vol 1 did such a great job of building the mystery surrounding Abe and his role in everything and what he might be becoming and Da There is a lot of great art in this book. The pencils and inks and colors are all wonderful, however, the story blows. It's vague and meandering and dull. I was real bored and I ended up just flipping through the end because I completely lost interest. Nothing has changed for Abe since the beginning of the book. We get no answers to anything really. Hell on Earth HC vol 1 did such a great job of building the mystery surrounding Abe and his role in everything and what he might be becoming and Dark and Terrible squanders all of it. What really bothers me though is how much this book isn't about Abe at all. In most of these stories the titular character is passive, until some big dumb meaningless action scene that has zero stakes. This book is mostly about world building and giving us a tour of the landscape and the survivors of the Hell on Earth apocalypse but there's zero reason to care about any of them because the authors do such a terrible job giving us reasons to care or in a few cases they go on and on and on about how awful it was for some of them. Their stories are either way too much or barely anything and all the while Abe is just kind of... there. Wonderful art. Bad, bland, vague, boring story. Completely skippable.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    I came to this after finishing off the main BPRD storyline, so the whole side trips style didn't have a whole lot of resonance with me. And either I never understood Abe's character, or he's just out of that character for this entire series. He's wandering the country, ducking the BPRD, all because he's afraid people think he's a frog man (something that does happen multiple times here). He becomes the base for a cult, and he just kind of stumbles through people's lives, bringing at least some r I came to this after finishing off the main BPRD storyline, so the whole side trips style didn't have a whole lot of resonance with me. And either I never understood Abe's character, or he's just out of that character for this entire series. He's wandering the country, ducking the BPRD, all because he's afraid people think he's a frog man (something that does happen multiple times here). He becomes the base for a cult, and he just kind of stumbles through people's lives, bringing at least some resolution to the nightmares the world has become by this time. Sometimes the adventures work, but some of them just fall flat (To the Last Man especially left me bored and confused). The whole Grace character and plot seems off as well, although I did like Dayana. The art is suitable throughout, with a few inspired moments. But overall, I can't recommend this to anyone who isn't really into Abe, and even those people might be put off by the direction he goes here.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bobzen

    Besides the artwork, which is always amazing in these Mignolaverse books, there is not much to write home about. While the premise of a monstrous human trying to learn about his role in the apocalypse while roaming around in rural America has plenty of potential, none of the individiuals stories collected here really live up to it. They are not badly written, but they lack the clear direction and punch I expect from B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth volumes and even if I approach them on their own terms as Besides the artwork, which is always amazing in these Mignolaverse books, there is not much to write home about. While the premise of a monstrous human trying to learn about his role in the apocalypse while roaming around in rural America has plenty of potential, none of the individiuals stories collected here really live up to it. They are not badly written, but they lack the clear direction and punch I expect from B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth volumes and even if I approach them on their own terms as more personal tales of dealing with the end of the world, they are a bit underwhelming. I'll definitely check out the next collection as part of my Mignolaverse marathon, but unless you are a completionist like me, I cannot give this the same recommendation as most of the previous books in the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Russell Grant

    3.5/5 With the events in HELL ON EARTH cratering in the main BPRD series, this volume finds Abe awakening from a near fatal wound, literally changed, ditching the BPRD and now wandering the country looking for answers to his purpose in life. This one is slower paced but it allows the series to concentrate on more personal stories and get a sense of what the world is like on a day to day bases. That said, there's an odd tone to this. They hedge their bets a little bit on the personal stories so th 3.5/5 With the events in HELL ON EARTH cratering in the main BPRD series, this volume finds Abe awakening from a near fatal wound, literally changed, ditching the BPRD and now wandering the country looking for answers to his purpose in life. This one is slower paced but it allows the series to concentrate on more personal stories and get a sense of what the world is like on a day to day bases. That said, there's an odd tone to this. They hedge their bets a little bit on the personal stories so that there's always a monster presence and as a result neither aspects really pay off. That said, it's more good than bad, especially if you dig Sapien as a character.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    Underwhelming. These stories mostly consist of Abe wandering around the American Southwest encountering monsters and strangers, some helpful, some not. He’s trying to discover his purpose and doesn’t really arrive at any answers. Hellboy editor Scott Allie writes most of the stories; he’s simply not as good as Mignola or Arcudi. An Abe Sapien solo series could be excellent but this book was rarely compelling. I came away from this with the same feeling as when I read The Drowning omnibus: that A Underwhelming. These stories mostly consist of Abe wandering around the American Southwest encountering monsters and strangers, some helpful, some not. He’s trying to discover his purpose and doesn’t really arrive at any answers. Hellboy editor Scott Allie writes most of the stories; he’s simply not as good as Mignola or Arcudi. An Abe Sapien solo series could be excellent but this book was rarely compelling. I came away from this with the same feeling as when I read The Drowning omnibus: that Abe is more interesting in Hellboy and B.P.R.D. stories. The one bright spot is Sebastian and Max Fiumara’s art, which is a nice dusty fit for the largely desert setting.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Todd Meigs

    A good, but not great, examination of Abe's life after the BPRD. The introduction claims they were striving for a Kung-fu style, a lone warrior wandering the dessert, but the excecution left me a bit cold as I just didn't care as much for the characters as I wanted to. In addition, Abe's passivity in the face of horrible challenges left me wondering who he really was. I have high hopes that the themes will be better developed in Volume 2. On the artistic side, aside from some confusing fight sce A good, but not great, examination of Abe's life after the BPRD. The introduction claims they were striving for a Kung-fu style, a lone warrior wandering the dessert, but the excecution left me a bit cold as I just didn't care as much for the characters as I wanted to. In addition, Abe's passivity in the face of horrible challenges left me wondering who he really was. I have high hopes that the themes will be better developed in Volume 2. On the artistic side, aside from some confusing fight scenes the artists really do a great job creating a detailed and moody universe.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    This is a fairly average collection following Abe Sapien after he leaves the BPRD. There are some interesting parallels between him and Hellboy as he wanders the post-apocalyptic world of the Hell on Earth series. Abe is coming to terms with how he's changed and what his role on a new planet might be. This means he does a lot of moping and contemplating. Not much character growth here. Story happens to Abe, he doesn't move a lot of plot. At least the world and monsters are fun. The standout story This is a fairly average collection following Abe Sapien after he leaves the BPRD. There are some interesting parallels between him and Hellboy as he wanders the post-apocalyptic world of the Hell on Earth series. Abe is coming to terms with how he's changed and what his role on a new planet might be. This means he does a lot of moping and contemplating. Not much character growth here. Story happens to Abe, he doesn't move a lot of plot. At least the world and monsters are fun. The standout story for me was when we delve into Mayan legends and heroes.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andy Zell

    I liked this all right, as I enjoy most all stories in the Mignola-verse, but as other reviewers on here have pointed out, the story doesn't really go anywhere. It's a road trip without a destination, at least so far in volume 1. I like Abe so I'll keep going, and I enjoyed reading this, but it wasn't very satisfying. Only read this one if you really like the main BPRD series (specifically the Hell on Earth storyline) and want to find out what Abe is up to. I liked this all right, as I enjoy most all stories in the Mignola-verse, but as other reviewers on here have pointed out, the story doesn't really go anywhere. It's a road trip without a destination, at least so far in volume 1. I like Abe so I'll keep going, and I enjoyed reading this, but it wasn't very satisfying. Only read this one if you really like the main BPRD series (specifically the Hell on Earth storyline) and want to find out what Abe is up to.

  27. 5 out of 5

    C.

    Abe takes a walk and some stuff just happens. He has no clear plan or goal and the story tries to coast on the emotional baggage that he and his companions carry. As impactful as emotional moments can be, they get old after a while and they pale in comparison to the apocalyptic events happening around their little pity party. Also, all of Abe's character growth from the BPRD series has been removed so the reader is given the treat of watching him learn the same lessons again. Abe takes a walk and some stuff just happens. He has no clear plan or goal and the story tries to coast on the emotional baggage that he and his companions carry. As impactful as emotional moments can be, they get old after a while and they pale in comparison to the apocalyptic events happening around their little pity party. Also, all of Abe's character growth from the BPRD series has been removed so the reader is given the treat of watching him learn the same lessons again.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Damian Mxyzptlk

    This collection introduces some of my favourite supporting characters, first and foremost Grace, who gives the apocalyptic world a very human face, plus Gene and Judy. I love seeing different stories of regular people who have to deal with havoc unleashed on Earth. The Garden chapter is by far one of the best stories in Mignolaverse I remember reading.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lacee

    "Meh" is the only word I can use to describe this volume and sometimes mediocre can come off much worse than bad. I want to be upfront and admit that I'm not the biggest fan of Abe's arc (so far, at least). I was hoping this series would help me cope with some of the unfortunate circumstances my favorite character was having to endure. Unfortunately after finishing this volume I still feel just as uneasy, and I'm more confused than ever. Abe's motivations are muddled, there really isn't much cha "Meh" is the only word I can use to describe this volume and sometimes mediocre can come off much worse than bad. I want to be upfront and admit that I'm not the biggest fan of Abe's arc (so far, at least). I was hoping this series would help me cope with some of the unfortunate circumstances my favorite character was having to endure. Unfortunately after finishing this volume I still feel just as uneasy, and I'm more confused than ever. Abe's motivations are muddled, there really isn't much character development, no real endgame, and I can't help but feel like this story is a little reminiscent of Hellboy's arc (not a huge fan of his arc, either). Much like Abe in this volume, you don't get many answers, which is frustrating. I'm hoping volume 2 is better.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Megustabooks1

    First Abe book I read, there a some hit and miss chapters, I really don’t know Abe’s powers other than strength speed and healing abilities , I liked Abe’s storyline but felt it wasn’t delivered, the art was good but the action scenes are quick and uneventful

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