Abe Sapien, Vol. 8: The Desolate Shore

Abe Sapien, Vol. 8: The Desolate Shore

On the run at the end of the world, Abe Sapien's Dark and Terrible story reaches its finale, and the answers he uncovers about his own existence reveal some of the biggest secrets of the Hellboy saga. AWOL from the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense for more than a year, Abe travels to lost two lost kingdoms before returning to America. There he'll confront the mos...

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Title:Abe Sapien, Vol. 8: The Desolate Shore
Author:Mike Mignola
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:168 pages

Abe Sapien, Vol. 8: The Desolate Shore Reviews

  • Paul
    Nov 29, 2016

    Did the final volume of the Abe Sapien book just end with a slugfest issue that didn't answer any of the dangling questions about Abe?

    I gather from the ending that Abe's story is going to be continued in the BPRD book but... talk about anticlimax for the end of Abe's own book. I have to admit that I'm more than a little disappointed.

    Still, the artwork was good...

    Pfff...

  • Orrin Grey
    Feb 27, 2017

    So... Abe Sapien is the fishman Jesus and Shonchin is the Wandering Jew? Works for me.

    This brings the current Abe Sapien storyline (which has been probably the most satisfying ongoing series in the current arc) to a pretty satisfactory close, tying in stuff from Abe's past and tying up the plotline of interesting recurring villain Gustav Strobl.

  • Fraser Sherman
    Mar 02, 2017

    Frustrating. After the aimless filler of Vol. 7, I was thrilled with all the revelations in the first chapter. But they don't pay off and this is the final Abe Sapiens collection — I presume his return to the BPRD will resolve things, but still. And after sorcerer Gustav Strobl stalking Abe almost the entire series, their meeting and battle is really anti-climactic. So not as good as I'd have liked.

  • Angela
    Mar 05, 2017

    While this isn't my favorite of the Abe Sapien series, I am sad that it seems to be the last of the run. I hope to see him back with B.P.R.D. and I hope that another offshoot will appear.

  • Spencer
    Mar 08, 2017

    What an amazing ending to the Abe Sapien series, I loved every moment of this. Once again Mignola ties various elements of the Mignolaverse together and has closed a chapter in the story of the wider universe he's created. Some people won't be satisfied with this final volume, but I loved it and it really made a lasting impression with masterful writing and beautiful art.

  • Tom Ewing
    Mar 11, 2017

    So ends Abe Sapien, a 36 issue series that had enough plot for - to be generous - two minis. But the Mignolaverse has never precisely been about "plot", even if the main books tend to rattle along excitingly enough. It's always been a great setting for atmospheric horror storytelling and character pieces, and the idea of the Abe monthly - an extended quest for the hero's real identity - was to use Abe's wandering as a way to zero in on that. Sometimes it worked - more often the comic drifted alo

    So ends Abe Sapien, a 36 issue series that had enough plot for - to be generous - two minis. But the Mignolaverse has never precisely been about "plot", even if the main books tend to rattle along excitingly enough. It's always been a great setting for atmospheric horror storytelling and character pieces, and the idea of the Abe monthly - an extended quest for the hero's real identity - was to use Abe's wandering as a way to zero in on that. Sometimes it worked - more often the comic drifted along in a haze of messy structure, endless flashbacks to better comics and diffident, disconnected vignettes which never amounted to more than vague poignancy. The final volumes bring the promised big reveals - which are satisfying if you're steeped in the Mignolaverse deep background - and the resolution to the solo series' main conflict, which is... surprisingly rushed and feeble, to be honest. Max Fiumara's art is lushly atmospheric throughout, so the pervasive disappointment is at least attractively delivered.