Abe Sapien versus Science

Abe Sapien versus Science - title panel
Written by Mike Mignola
Illustrated by Matt Smith (pencils)
Mike Mignola (inks)
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Pat Brosseau
Edited by Scott Allie
Originally Published in Hellboy: Box Full of Evil #2
Date Published September 1999
Trade Paperback B.P.R.D. – Volume 1: Hollow Earth & Other Stories
Omnibus Edition B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs – Volume 1

Abe Sapien remembers his earliest days at the B.P.R.D., and helps bring Roger back to life; after the events of Almost Colossus.

Publication HistoryEdit

"Abe Sapien vs. Science" was first published as the backup story to Hellboy: Box Full of Evil #2 in September 1999. The story was collected in the trade paperback B.P.R.D.: Hollow Earth & Other Stories, in January 2003.


Two scientists try to reanimate Roger by shocking him with electricity. Roger was last seen in Almost Colossus where he gave Liz Sherman back her power. This saved Liz's life, but left Roger lifeless again. One scientist suggests that they try to apply more power to the homunculus, but the other replies that the body is dead. They decide that they will learn more by dissecting the creature.

Abe Sapien overhears this and remembers back to March 2, 1979. The same two scientists stand in from of Abe, still lifeless in his tube. After trying to revive him, one wants to dissect Abe to learn more. The other thinks that it would be worth trying to shock Abe to life. The other says he will allow it, but only once, and then its back to dissection.

Back in the present, the two scientists decide to take a break before operating. While they are gone, Abe reroutes more power and tries to revive Roger. The extra power knocks out the lights in the area, and the scientists quickly return to their lab. They see that Roger is alive, and are about to call security. Abe tells them to leave Roger alone. Roger looks and waves to the men.

Story ChronologyEdit

The exact date is unclear. The story takes place after Almost Colossus in 1997 but before The Right Hand of Doom.

Abe Sapien Publication Order
Preceded by
Drums of the Dead
Abe Sapien versus Science
Followed by
The Drowning
B.P.R.D. Trade Paperback Order
B.P.R.D. – Volume 1: Hollow Earth & Other Stories
Preceded by
The Killer in My Skull
Abe Sapien versus Science
Followed by
Drums of the Dead