I finally got around to reading my ABE SAPIEN: THE DROWNING comic last night. I thought it was pretty good. I was surprised how much I liked Jason Shawn Alexander's art. I especially liked the tone of the story - it seemed...um....more fun. As if Mignola was smiling as he was writing it. In the past, when I read Hellboy or BPRD, it seems too serious at times. The beauty of the Hellboy character is that he cuts through the crap. As a villain is spouting off an evil monologue, he'll usually fire off a fiesty, blue collar remark (Aw, crap!). But one of my criticisms of Mignola's writing is he doesn't do enough of that. My initial impression with THE DROWNING is that it is going to be a little more fun. We'll see after I read #2.