For readers mourning word that Mike Mignola would be taking a sabbatical from the four-color world of comics following his wrap on Hellboy in Hell, Dark Horse Comics has some heavenly news. Mignola and artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Helena Crash) for teaming up to bring fans Mr. Higgins Comes Home, a tale of vampires and the macabre from Dark Horse Comics.
Set separate and apart from Mignola’s extended universe of Hellboy-related characters, Higgins harkens back to vampire tales of old, with Mr. Higgins pulled back into the world of the supernatural by two vampire hunters whose agendas force Higgins to confront ugly truths about his past and his wife’s death.
It goes without saying—but always well-worth mentioning—that Mignola knows how to dance between the raindrops in the horror milieu like a macabre Gene Kelly, so it’ll be more than gratifying to see how he spins his own take on a classic vampire yarn. And Johnson-Cadwell’s linework has an edgy quirkiness that will marry well and be right at home with Mignola’s storytelling aesthetic.
But apparently, even with this phenomenal news to sate fans of all things Mignola, Dark Horse has another goodie to whet our whistles. We have a first look at Max Fiumara’s covers for the forthcoming hardcover collections of Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible volumes 1 and 2!
Here’s the gorgeous cover art to volume 1:
And volume 2:
Dark Horse’s Abe Sapien tales always have an alchemy of introspection and action, darkness and light, and volumes 1 and 2 of Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible are no exception. With Abe newly-mutated and on the run from his former Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defence comrades—and battling an ancient necromancer who threatens to wrest control of a hell-bound world—Abe has to come to some sort of peace with himself and where he fits in the world. The man is a badass, but it also wouldn’t be beyond reason to say that the guy could use a hug. Like, all of the hugs. And that’s what makes his stories so beautiful and heartbreaking. And Fiumara’s stunningly haunting art only brings that to the fore so much more in focus than it already is.
The Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible volume 1 hardcover goes on sale in November, with volume 2 hitting stores in 2018. Both are written by Mike Mignola, Scott Allie, and John Arcudi, with Max Fiumara on illustrations and Dave Stewart on colors. Mr. Higgins Comes Home, written by Mike Mignola with Warwick Johnson-Cadwell on art, hits shops in October. All three are published by Dark Horse Comics.