Abigail and the Snowman is a charming tale of a lively young girl who makes friends with a yeti shortly after moving to her new town. She is a highly imaginative girl, used to dreaming up her own friends and generally accompanied by her invisible dog, Claude, so no adult is going to wonder at her new companion.
Langridge also catches some of the heartbreak behind Abigail’s imaginative play. It’s clear that her father, while loving and a good companion, is not terribly responsible and is prone to moving from job to job, giving Abigail’s life an edge of uncertainty and worry as well as loneliness. No school readily welcomes “the new kid,” and Abigail’s tendency to play with her invisible dog marks her as weird, putting her even further behind.
On the other hand, Langridge has given the “invisible companion” story a twist: Adults cannot see the yeti Claude, but children can. Her father may think she has yet another imaginary friend; her classmates will know otherwise. How this is going to play out remains to be seen, but it adds a number of possibilities. Claude himself is a gentlemanly yeti (he is not an Abominable Snowman, as he makes very clear), out on a very polite escape from the laboratory where he was raised. He is also being hunted by the scientists who raised him, and who have equipment that allows them to spot him.
Langridge’s art, like his writing, is charming and lively. Abigail is a bouncy, expressive little girl with plenty of spunk. Claude is perfectly groomed and calm. The backgrounds are colorful and clear, drawn from a small girl’s viewpoint.
Abigail and the Snowman is recommended to those who like good-hearted stories with unusual monsters and active protagonists. It leans more toward the children’s side of the all-ages comic, but is something adults can enjoy as well.
Abigail and the Snowman #1 is out today from BOOM! Studios.
Writer, Artist, Letterer: Roger Langridge
Colors: Fred Stresing
Cover: Roger Langridge with colors by Fred Stresing
Variant Cover: Sonny Liew
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