‘The Abe strip come to resemble nothing so much as the 70s TV version of The Incredible Hulk’ – Abe Sapien (Vol 4) – The Shape of Things to Come by Mike Mignola, Scott Allie and Sebastian Fiumara
Taken together, volume 4 of Abe both satisfies and frustrates but there is a real sense that, increasingly, the team responsible have their eye on a longer game. This is a comic produced for the re-read. There are stories told to their completion and seeds sown for later and recurrences from previous outings (Abe is being given a ruminative character, flashes of previous moments popping into his mind to the extent that he could be an aquatic Reginald Perrin) that are here to give the reader of everything a satisfying sense of how this fits in the larger world of the other comics. It doesn’t entirely work on its own (or rather there are parts that don’t work on their own) but it’s all told and drawn with such pizazz that I imagine new readers who chanced across Abe at this point would want to check out more.
‘Has a heart of gold and, unfortunately, the light comic touch of an ITV sitcom’ – Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe by Romain Puértolas
‘Romain Puértolas’ debut is a farce with a serious heart. An Indian fakir gets trapped in a wardrobe with ‘hilarious consequences’ which allows his character to meet various asylum seekers in various countries and, in turn, allows the reader to hear their stories. This is a novel about humanity, a novel about globalisation and the importance of universal compassion. I wish I could say I enjoyed it’ – Benjamin Judge on The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an IKEA wardrobe…