I am a huge Hellboy fan. Huge. The movies are "meh" in comparison to the visual magnitude of the graphic novels written and created by Mike Mignola. In my search for everlasting Hellboy content, I am an avid collector of B.P.R.D, Hellboy Animated, Lobster Johnson and, now finally, Abe Sapien.
From the moment I received this novel I was impressed... there is just something about it that sets it apart from the rest of the series, and in many ways higher above. Mike Mignola's pairing with Jason Shawn Alexander is pure genious and there is a synergy there that just glows. Approaching the drama and subjects with such painterly and tenderly care speaks of Abe's character himself- intuitive, sensitive, receptive while the Hellboy series focuses on gruff and hard lined shapes, dramatic contrasts and almost violent color schemes. Appropriately, Mignola's decision to work with Alexander on this particular spinoff really brings it back to an art form, telling stories not only in words and action sequence but with the character's facial expressions, an art that seems too often to fall by the wayside.
If you are a graphic novel buff, a Hellboy buff, or even just someone in search of something new PLEASE check this out, you won't be dissapointed. While the catagory is "Graphic Novel / Horror" don't let that put you off.... mystery, drama and powerfull storytelling often get mislabeled.