The Land of the Dead

Abe Sapien 8 variant
Written by Mike Mignola
Scott Allie
Illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Clem Robins
Edited by Scott Allie
Originally Published in Abe Sapien #8: The Land of the Dead
Internal Numbering Abe Sapien #18
Date Published December 11, 2013
Trade Paperback Abe Sapien – Volume 9: Lost Lives and Other Stories
Omnibus Edition Abe Sapien: The Drowning and Other Stories

Publication HistoryEdit

The Land of the Dead is a one-shot arc published in December 2013 with art by Michael Avon Oeming. It will be a flashback story with a Mayan connection to the previous arc and ties to Hellboy in Mexico.

Early PreviewsEdit

A glimpse of the story was released as a part of Multiversity Comics' 31 Days of Abe art pieces. It was not revealed at the time that this was design work for a story. The announcement of the story came five months later on Comic Book Resources.


In 1983, Abe Sapien goes into a cave in Campeche, Mexico, where an archaeological dig crew has encountered a monster. Abe descends into the cave, where he encounters a member of the expedition, and several dead bodies. Abe then encounters a chamber full of coffins containing vampires, most likely from the ship Madelyn Rose, first heard of in The Pickens County Horror. Also in that room is a large, white, amphibious creature that was once one of the vampires. Abe then proceeds to kill the vampires. After escaping from the cave, the room where this took place could not be found.


Abe Sapien Publication Order
Preceded by
The Shape of Things to Come
The Land of the Dead
Followed by
To the Last Man
Abe Sapien Trade Paperback Order
Vol. 8 The Desolate Shore Vol. 9 Lost Lives and Other Stories
Preceded by
The Desolate Shore
The Land of the Dead
Followed by
Witchcraft & Demonology