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Geek Dad – Batman: The Audio Adventures Special #1
Collected Editions – Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 6: The Road to Ruin
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AIPT – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9

Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9

Content warning: sexual assault

After four years and full television adaptation run, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack‘s slow burn, 1960s-set horror comic Chilling Adventures of Sabrina returns. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9 is actually part three in the “Witch War” storyline, but a cheeky cover and recap page get readers back on track as everyone’s favorite white haired teenage witch is in the direst strait. Using necromancy with the help of her teacher Mrs. Porter (Aka Madam Satan), she brought back her boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle from the dead. However, the spell messed up, and her manipulative, deadbeat conjuror dad, Edward Spellman, is actually in Harvey’s body and enjoying life as teenager while also figuring out what happened to him. Sabrina isn’t aware of this and must take a life to balance out Harvey’s return according to her aunts Hilda and Zelda.

This quest for a soul is the main plotline of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9 as Aguirre-Sacasa and Hack don’t hold back from going dark and creepy. Sabrina’s target is actually a serial killer, who recently appeared in the Netflix show Mindhunter, but Aguirre-Sacasa withholds this fact for most of the comic and builds tension by Sabrina acting like everything is normal when nothing is. Robert Hack’s opening six panel page is a study in guilt as he uses a different pose in each frame to show how Sabrina is before settling on a close-up of her face and downcast eyes. This contrasts with the cheery facial expression she has in the very next page and combined with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s small talk dialogue, you can definitely tell that something is up, and she’s seriously considering killing someone. And this ends up being true as the second half of the book leaves the friendly confines of Greendale for somewhere a bit more populous, and Aguirre-Sacasa and Hack show the lengths that Sabrina is willing to go to make sure that her boyfriend stays for good.

The B-plot of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9 follow Edward in Harvey’s body, and he acts like a horny teenager sleeping with both his old demon buddy Empusa (Who shapeshifted into Lucifer so he could gain power in the Church of Night.) and Rosalind, who is Harvey’s ex-girlfriend. There is a lot of sleaziness and statutory rape going on, and Aguirre-Sacasa’s narration is self-aware enough not to linger on either of these moments and keep the ball rolling to the inevitable showdown, the titular witch war between Edward and Madam Satan. I love when Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack switch to Madam Satan’s wonderfully chaotic and villainous POV as she basks naked in a tub and ponders whether she wants to fuck, marry, or kill her ex-lover Edward Spellman. She also reveals that she wanted to bring Edward back all along, and this combination of lust and revenge makes for riveting reading shifting the tone from sex pest in action to a supernatural erotic thriller. Madam Satan having no eyes adds to the air of mystery.

What I missed most about Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was the horror paperback aesthetic-meets-clear sequential storytelling visuals of Robert Hack. His coloring is top notch in this comic with lots of reds and oranges to show that basically every main character in this issue deserves damnation. This hellish palette is a constant in the book and wavers slightly depending on the lighting of the panels, but it can be found everywhere from the janitor’s closet to a supermax prison cell showing that evil and manipulation is everywhere. It gives the book an extra level of tension to go with the demons, witches, and serial killers. In addition to this, Robert Hack excels at making dark magic look cool from Sabrina teleporting from a Greyhound bus to the black lines in the background that turn a teenage witch into an angel of Death.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9 is a solid return for one of the best horror comics of 2010s. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack don’t shy away from putting their heroine through the moral wringer in this issue and continue their unified field theory of horror approach by adding serial killer to the mix with the usual supernatural denizens of the series. The scenes featuring Edward Spellman are pretty unsettling too, but don’t overwhelm the issue thanks to the longer panel time for Sabrina (and Salem the mouse) and Madam Satan.

Story: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack Letters: Jack Morelli
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

 Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #9

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli
Main Cover: Robert Hack
Variant Cover: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 10/13
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

THE HIT HORROR SERIES THAT SPAWNED A MASSIVELY SUCCESSFUL NETFLIX SERIES RETURNS! “WITCH WAR” Part 3: “The Sacrificial Lamb” – Sabrina has brought Harvey’s body back to life (along with her father’s soul). But there is a cost to everything. Unless she wants the Gates of Hell to open, Sabrina must find a person to sacrifice in Harvey’s place. But wait… Sabrina would never kill someone, would she?

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #9

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Mazebook #2

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Batman: The Imposter #1 (DC Comics) – It’s early on in Batman’s career and there’s a second Batman on the rooftops and this one has no problem with murdering criminals.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9 (Archie Comics/Archie Horror) – We still can’t believe this is finally out and we have a review copy. It feels like forever.

Deadbox #2 (Vault Comics) – Mark Russell is a brilliant satirist and this series is no exception.

I Am Batman #2 (DC Comics) – Jace Fox has been an interesting new Batman and write John Ridley has focused on delivering motivation and depth to the character along with a style of crime fighting that makes the character stand out.

Kang the Conqueror #3 (Marvel) – This is your life Kang! The series has been putting together the rather complicated history of Kang and giving us some interesting new insight into the character.

Mazebook #2 (Dark Horse Comics) – A heavy read focused on a father who has lost his daughter. The first issue was a punch to the gut and we’re expecting much of the same.

No One Left to Fight II #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Kung-fu over-the-top action.

Science Comics: Whales (First Second) – Always fun. Always education. Great for parents and kids alike!

Star Trek: Mirror War #1 (IDW Publishing) – We’re always up for a trip into Star Trek’s Mirror Universe.

Telepaths #2 (AWA Studios) – The first issue was a nice setup of a world where a large portion gains telepathic powers. What that means for the world seems to be the exploration of the series and we’re intrigued by the concept.

The hit series returns, get a look at Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #9

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli
Main Cover: Robert Hack
Variant Cover: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 10/13
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

THE HIT HORROR SERIES THAT SPAWNED A MASSIVELY SUCCESSFUL NETFLIX SERIES RETURNS! “WITCH WAR” Part 3: “The Sacrificial Lamb” – Sabrina has brought Harvey’s body back to life (along with her father’s soul). But there is a cost to everything. Unless she wants the Gates of Hell to open, Sabrina must find a person to sacrifice in Harvey’s place. But wait… Sabrina would never kill someone, would she?

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #9

Sabrina Spellman Steals the Spotlight Starting in September

Archie Comics readers are set for an extra magical start to Fall as Sabrina the Teenage Witch will make her presence felt across Archie’s jumbo digests and all-ages comics beginning in September and continuing through early October. A collection of fan-favorite talent will bring Sabrina face-to-face with Betty & Veronica and friends in these stories including Archie Comics mainstays Dan Parent, Bill Galvan, Pat and Tim Kennedy, and more.

The following issues will include a new 5-page lead feature told in the classic Archie Comics art style and include appearances from Sabrina the Teenage Witch:

  • BETTY & VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER: HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR (9/8)
  • BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #297 (9/22)
  • WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #113 (9/29)
  • ARCHIE’S HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR #1 (10/6)
  • WORLD OF BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #9 (10/13)

Archie’s all-ages publishing is designed to be accessible and easy to read for anyone, regardless of previous comics reading history, but keen readers who pay close attention to the new stories in the jumbo digests will notice narrative threads that carry across all three titles. These new lead stories in the classic comics come at no extra cost to fans or comic shop retailers as both Betty & Veronica Friends Forever and Archie’s Halloween Spectacular will keep their accessible $2.99 cover price and all-ages rating.

Sabrina Spellman’s comic appearances this Fall won’t be limited to these all-ages tales, as the titular witch will return to the pages of the highly anticipated and critically acclaimed adult horror series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina when issue #9 drops in comic shops October 13th from writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack.

Sabrina Returns in Two Series Later This Year

Archie Comics is celebrating 60 years of Sabrina Spellman with two comic book series, both written by Riverdale television series creator and showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and featuring the fan-favorite teen witch. Arriving October 13, Aguirre-Sacasa will reunite with original series artist Robert Hack to continue the best-selling comic book series that started it all with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9. Returning to the series’ satanic horror roots, Aguirre-Sacasa continues the terrifying “Witch War” storyline, pitting Spellman against Spellman, the dead versus the living.

The series has Aguirre-Sacasa reunite with artists Robert Hack and Jack Morelli.

Aguirre-Sacasa will also open the doorway to hell with another new comic book series that picks up where the final episode of Netflix’s hugely popular television adaptation left off. Launching later this year, The Occult World of Sabrina features art by Audrey Mok and will include characters and storylines from the “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” television series, on which Aguirre-Sacasa served as showrunner, writer, and executive producer. Fans of both the comics and the television series will be on the edge of their seats as they welcome back Sabrina, Nick, Harvey, and the rest of the Fright Club for the first story-arc, “A World Without Sabrina.”

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Ash & Thorn #2

It was new comic day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

DC Comics – Super Here For…the Politics of Superman – Really interesting read and post by DC.

CBR – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Canceled at Netflix – This doesn’t surprise us. The PR push to us was rather limited.

Book Riot – Giant-Size X-Men #1: Iconic and Racist AF – They’re not wrong.

ICv2 – Diamond Companies Received $5-$10M+ in PPP Loans – Well now you know.

ICv2 – Genius Brands Acquires Control of Stan Lee IP – Interesting….

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Ash & Thorn
Comic Attack – Excellence #8

Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina “Chapter Twenty-Eight: Sabrina is Legend” S3E8

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We’ve come to the end of our journey and to catch you up on the key bits of what happened leading up to this point.

(This review is spoiler heavy but, I won’t give away the full ending)

WHAT YOU MISSED:

Agatha went crazy thanks to Pan and killed Dorcas causing Prudence to kill her to save herself but, it didn’t matter because Blackwood snuck up behind her and killed her.

Priestess Marie stood guard over Zelda while she saw her actual dead and realizes that now isn’t the time and her brother Edward showed Zelda how to regain the covens strength but, it didn’t matter because Faustus was waiting for her when she came to and stabbed her in the chest.

Ambrose is hunting Blackwood with all the rage of a man who has lost almost everything.

The carnival pagans have captured their virgin sacrifice and are about to bring Greendale and the world to heel.

Caliban has the coins and tricked Sabrina, trapped her in the walls of a volcano in hell and stole the throne of hell.

Theo lost her first love because once the carnival pagans caught them, they killed him for his betrayal and are forcing Theo and Roz to watch as the tree drains Harvey and brings the green god to life.

WHAT HAPPENS NOW: The episode opens with Ambrose explaining what has happened since Sabrina was encased in the volcano. The Pagans won, beat back Caliban on his crusade to make earth the tenth circle. And, we find Sabrina in a time loop where she needs to get the Unholy Regalia but, hell has been abandoned and Caliban was destroyed by the archangel Michael. Sabrina has regained her full power after swapping places with her future self and is able to rule an empty, except for Judas, Pilate and Herod who she quickly brings to heel and that’s just the beginning!

WHAT WORKED: Sabrina’s very real pain, expertly acted and believably written, while she picks herself up after seeing what has become of Greendale and tries to figure out how to save all that she loves. The story in this episode is emotional, intense and rings true with sincerity beaming from every scene, word, and actor. There is minimal camp and more dark drama and it sets the stage for a fitting end to this season.

I also liked that Harvey got to wait until HE was ready to lose his virginity and they didn’t make a big deal out of it, body autonomy and consent is for everyone.

BEST MOMENTS: Watching the pagans bullshit fall apart when they swapped their virgin sacrifice for the witch who makes green things barren, Pesta, the witch of pestilence and killed the plant god.

Roz saved Harvey from a gorgon!

Hilda got mad! You wouldn’t like Hilda when she’s mad, I mean I loved her mad but, Circe wasn’t ready for it.

Prudence killed a whole damn god with the sword she’s been wanting to use this whole season.

Hilda gets the love of her life back and Zelda finds love with Priestess Marie and I’m here for all of the love!

Sabrina goes home AND stays in hell as queen because there’s future Sabrina and present Sabrina, who says a girl can’t have it all.

EPISODE’S MVP: Every witch on the screen that we met, were on some rise of fall together, sisters are doing it for themselves, badass magic and they kicked all the ass and I loved every moment of it. With a special mention to Zelda who woke up from the netherworld and WOKE UP, she slayed the patriarchy, got her sister back from the dead, helped put the town to sleep, figured out how to save the coven, stopped seeing other women as competition and became the unbothered and unfuckwitable role model we have been waiting for her to be for three seasons.

FINAL THOUGHTS: This episode, hands down was the best episode of the series, not the season but, of all the seasons and episodes Sabrina has had. The callbacks to previous episodes in this season and all the seasons was a well-crafted piece of cinematic magic. Everything that happened in these past three seasons has led up to this and it was worth it to see the show grow from campy fun time guilty pleasure to mature dark drama thriller and it was wonderful to watch Sabrina go on this magical do-over to find her path. The ride or die friends are family fight together love that binds them all was beautiful and watching Zelda pull all the magic in the world and taking her power back to fight the pagans and bring her sister back from the death itself. This episode is everything you have ever wanted in an episode of a supernatural show and I am all the way here for it.

Overall: 9.2

Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina “Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Judas Kiss” S3E7

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In the first five minutes of The Judas Kiss Sabrina finds Zelda’s dying body in the foyer and Ambrose calls for reinforcements in the form of Prudence who brings her newfound voodoo queen Marie along to help and banshee wails in the front yard. Madame Satan has separated Blackwood from Lucifer in exchange for him getting her pregnant with a male heir and Blackwood getting the mark of Cain. Lucifer sets out to fix the mess Sabrina made in hell while the Carnival Pagans ready themselves for their green god to return and Blackwood decides to join them in exchange for revenge against the witches.

WHAT WORKED: Theo and Robin’s organic relationship is sweet and refreshing, he accepts him as he is and Theo deserves it, even if Robin is a hobgoblin. Having Sabrina keep true to the character and choosing to go toe to toe with Vlad the Impaler instead of betraying her bestie Roz was touching.

UNHOLY CRAP: While Theo and Robin do the deed so that he can’t be sacrificed as he is no longer a virgin, Harvey’s safety might be in jeopardy when Roz sees Sabrina as they try to get down, causing Harvey to come clean.

Lucifer shows up in hell and starts cracking necks, literally, until he finds out of the quest for the unholy regalia has begun and he is going to need to put his powers into helping her if he wants to keep his throne.

Robin was not kidding when he said that hobgoblins were fast and when he showed up to save Theo and his friends, I almost cried and when Roz knew how to get ahold of Sabrina because she’s her best friend was next level beautiful sisterhood.

BEST LINE:

“Consent. It’s real!” – Sabrina to Vlad the Impaler as he chokes on her half celestial blood when he tries to drain her blood in his tomb. Yes, sis! YES!

BEST MOMENT:

Tie!

The Spellman Family reunited in the netherworld, Edward included and getting a taste of what their dynamic was like, helping Zelda come to terms with who she is and find out the truth of who Edward was.

Sabrina using the Ravenettes cheer squad to cast a spell to reenergize the coven by having then performed to “Oh, Mickey” while the coven chants in the background which gives the coven just enough juice to transport the coven to hell and the cheerleaders back to Baxter High just as Blackwood bursts through the doors.

EPISODE’S MVP: Ambrose is devoted, kind, intelligent and a force to be reckoned with. He always works in the shadows, never taking the glory but, happy to fight for who he loves and guide them on their quests. His selflessness is the stuff that heroes are made of and with all the actual hell breaking loose in The Judas Kiss this makes him this episode MVP.

Overall: 8.2

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