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Friday, January 11, 2019

Abe Sapien Volume 8: The Desolate Shore (Horror) (Graphic Novel)

by Mike Mignolia, Max Fuimara, & Sebastian Fuimara 

Publisher: Dark Horse Books (February 17, 2017)

Softcover, 168 pages

Collecting issues, # 32 - 37, the last of the regular series of the Abe Sapien solo series. This volume finally heralds the end of Abe Sapien's eternal crawl across the United States, looking for his true self in a sort of Lovecraftian Easy Rider. This is just as well as the series had become rather tiresome with the constant addition of adding new characters which no one cared about. That, along with Magnolia's seeming fear of killing off any female characters, leads to a boring “running man” trope.  
Abe Sapien eventually reaches the end of his travels and discovers his true origins. Ironically his investigations lead him back to the beginning, by raiding the offices of Trevor Bruttenholm and uncovering a cache of hidden audio tapes on his origins. His journey spans back and back, connecting an incredible number of previous Abe Sapien , BPRD, and Hellboy stories.  

Like Hellboy, Sapien has been confronted with the possibility that he was created to be the great agent of Armageddon in the world. Hellboy was supposed to be the messenger of the Devil, while Sapien thought he might be an accidental antichrist or creature of the Hyboreans. What he eventually finds is much more interesting.  
The antagonist who has been shadowing Sapien for a dozen issues, finally makes his move. The necromancer Gustov Sobel was cast spiritually adrift after Hellboy died, destroying all of Hell as he did so. Now he finds a new purpose. He planned to ride in as one of Hell's Generals, but becomes the Bannerman for the Seven Headed Dragon, the Ogdru Jahad, by altering himself to become Abe's counterpart, Ichthus Sapian
For more readings, try books by Rex Hurst. 
For more readings, try books by Rex Hurst. 

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