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Drums of the Dead

Drums of the Dead by Mike Mignola

Story by Brian McDonald
Art by Derek Thompson
Colors by James Sinclair
Letters by Pat Brosseau



Drums of the Dead, by Mike Mignola
Abe Sapien, Captain Benjamin Daimio, Liz Sherman, Dr. Kate Corrigan, Johann Kraus
Overview

The ship Polaris was surrounded by hundreds / thousands of sharks. Then one of the crew became "possessed" and killed a crewman. The crew heard drums inside their heads. Ultimately the possessed crewman jumped into the sea of sharks.

The Polaris docked in the Bahamas and Abe Sapien was sent from the BPRD to help the situation. He was sent to work with a psychic, Garrett Omatta. Garrett is new to the BPRD and was at one time a seminary student. After an accident and ultimately a two-year coma, Garrett work up and can now see spirits. He says he has "returned from heaven to help lost souls."

After six days on board the Polaris, Garrett is overwhelmed by spirits attaching his thoughts. All he wants to do is "get off the ship." Before Abe realized what was happening, Garrett turned into a giant clawed monster spouting another language and jabbed Abe's left thigh with a dagger of sorts. Abe's gun got knocked into the ocean. Abe pulled out the dagger in his leg and stuck it in Garrett's back but to no avail. About to kill Abe, Abe reminded Garrett that he was sent back from heaven to save lost souls, "NOT TO MURDER."

Garrett told Abe that the monster he had become was a protective spirit and he remembers a triangle. Garrett continued to remember more from the possession. At first he was a man who wanted to go home. Then Garrett believed he felt many thousands of spirits who wanted to go home. Garrett thought that the monster / protector was actually a fusion of people from many different countries and different languages.

Abe identified a triangle from Africa to South America to the north east coast of the United States. It was a slave trading route. The disease in the slave ships killed half of the slaves and their bodies were dumped in the ocean. Many slaves committed suicide in the shark infested waters. The sharks would follow the slave ships to eat the slaves.

Abe dove down to the bottom of the ocean along the shipping route and rescued as many skeleton parts as possible and buried them in the shores of West Africa.

"An interesting irony: the ships name, "Polaris," is the North Star . . . the star that escaped slaves would follow to freedom.

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Drums of the Dead Art Work
Drums of the Dead
Cover Page in TPB Hollow Earth & Other Stories
Drums of the Dead - Polaris
" . . . the ships name, "Polaris," is the North Star . . .the star that escaped slaves would follow to freedom."
Drums of the Dead
Story by Brian McDonald
Art by Derek Thompson
Colors by James Sinclair
Letters by Pat Brosseau
Drums of the Dead - Sharks
Sharks would follow the slave trading ships.
Drums of the Dead - Introduction to Garrett Omatta
Abe Sapien and new comer to B.P.R.D. Garret Omatta meets the Captain of the Polaris.
Drums of the Dead - Abe
Drums of the Dead - Garrett as a Monster or God like
Garrett becomes possessed by not only one person but thousands of spirits.
Drums of the Dead - Abe Rescues Lost Souls from the Deep
Abe dives to the bottom of the ocean and rescues the lost spirts.
Their remains are then buried in the shores of West Africa.
Review of BPRD's Drums of the Dead
by Brenda Krekeler
Drums of the Dead is an amazing story. The B.P.R.D. character, Abe Sapien, is one of the fascinating members of the Bureau. He looks like a fish man but his is more human than most. Here in Drums of the Dead he utilizes his physical and mental skills and assists a psychic to stop some deaths on a ship called the Polaris. Abe's character is reflected throughout the entire story with his patience and his acuity. His patience is emulated by days on board the ship where nothing appears to happen. And his acuity is echoed by his ability to use his words in the face of his impending death. The new member of the B.P.R.D., Garrett Omatta, is the beneficiary of thousands of spirits. Abe's ingenuity discovered how the pieces of the story fit and ultimately devised the purpose necessary to assist the lost souls. Abe's kindness and courage helped Garret through his turmoil and eventually provided a means to stop the mysterious deaths on the Polaris. A fascinating story, dark, cold and sad.

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