One week until Hellboy Day - Abraham Sapien
Ok, you can’t blame me for leading with that. Abe is one of the most iconic characters in the Mignolaverse, right up there with Hellboy. He is known for his blue fish-like body, his ability to swim incredibly fast, and being able to breathe underwater. On land Abraham is much like any other member of the B.P.R.D., just blue [EDITORS NOTE - green I say]. He is proficient with handguns, incredibly studious and very focused. Unlike some iterations of Abe that you may be more familiar with, Abe doesn’t have a fondness for classical music in the comics (he does use an iPod on occasion). Instead Abraham truly seems to be an ordinary guy when you get to know him.
Abe didn’t start off his life as a fish guy, but rather as a victorian era human man named Langdon Everett Caul. Caul lived his life as a paranormal enthusiast, getting tangled up with the Heliopic Brotherhood of Ra and the Oannes Society. Caul recovered, from beneath the ocean, a rock which he and his peers conducted a ceremony upon. However this ceremony backfired, and Caul was bonded to the creature inside of the rock. Slowly Caul began to transform, and his friends took him and put him inside of a vat. In retrospect they were pretty terrible friends. The Oanes society held him for a long time like this, and Caul eventually lost all memories he had. He was abandoned, and it would be many years until someone would stumble upon his enclosure. Going by the date written on his tube, 4/14/1865 (the date of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination), he was nicknamed Abraham.
Abraham was taken to the B.P.R.D., where he was held and tested upon. In fact, he was going to be dissected before Hellboy insisted upon him being allowed to live there. This is the start of Abe’s entrance into the B.P.R.D. and eventually his becoming a field agent. While at the B.P.R.D. Abe would become very close with Liz, Kate Corrigan, and Hellboy.
One of Abe’s most prominent life changes would come much later, during a mission dealing with cult activity due to the Ogdru Hem. Abe would end up getting shot and nearly killed by Fenix, a psychic who sensed the danger in him in his role with the apocalypse. As Abe healed, his body changed and he became even more fish like. Not only this, but he looked far more like the frog monsters that at this point were roaming the earth. Abe would then leave the B.P.R.D. on a journey to discover more about himself and his seeming role in the apocalypse.
Regardless, while there are many fish guys available out there (many of which are being created by GDT), your number one should always be Abe Sapien.
You can read all about Abe in...
Seed of Destruction
Wake the Devil
Box full of Evil
Abe Sapien (all)
Hellboy 2 (2019)
Hellboy Blood and Iron
Hellboy Sword of Storms