I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc. And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.
I think this is the first time it's really struck me what an Action Hero type Sapien has become in this spin-off series from Hellboy & B.P.R.D. Here he is, a more monstrous figure than his days back with Hellboy and B.P.R.D. crew, posing on the cover cast in a red glow (one can only imagine emanates from Hell) one hand extended reaching forward, the other cocked back in a fist, ready to bust heads. His body is covered with bandages and his face conveys a look of grim determination.
In the background stand the denizens of nightmare, toad-beasts and fanged bat creatures along with a host of the risen dead.
In this volume of his continuing wandering adventures across the nowheresville USA he and Grace have settled into a strangely spared community. They have a home, a neighborhood to live in, food to eat. No one is being sacrificed or tied to beds. No one is transforming into a bilious toad demon. It's heaven in Hell on Earth.
The fact that it doesn't last shouldn't surprise anyone. Least of all Abe himself, yet as he goes about his day he seems almost subdued. Doing errands, hanging back, waiting for Grace to open up to him. Hardly the action hero of the cover. Abe doesn't know which way to turn, should he return to his origins, back to Rhode Island? Go back to the B.R.P.D.? Stick with these survivors?
Finally, the group is forced to confront the cult next door and chaos resumes.
Spoiler: At the end Grace dumps Abe, saying that he attracts the evil forces that constantly assault them. Maybe it's time that Abe actually returned to the people who might possibly help him instead of wandering around like an idiot? Just sayin'.