Abe Sapien: The New Race of Man (#4 – 5, AS #14 – 15) – John Arcudi, Mike Mignola

4 out of 5

In his ramblin’ man travelogue, Abe finds his way to the Salton Sea, where a group of young adults are worshipping at the husk of an egg from the monster that’d been thereabouts.  Max Fiumara draws an amazing Abe – lithe but powerful – and tones down his expressionism so that the stragglers with whom Abe interacts are able to effectively play off of Abe’s recently more inhuman appearance, which feeds into John’s low-key tale exploring moralistic greys, and the way beliefs guide us…

The themes are incredibly strong in the two-parter, but could have ideally been strengthened with another issue fleshing out a murder Abe ends up exploring; instead, he just kind of wanders off for a page and comes back with the solution.  John uses this moment to recenter Abe’s sense of self, it’s just such a smart way of presenting everything that it could’ve been made even more effective with more pages.