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Preview: Archie Christmas Spectacular #1 (One SHot)

ARCHIE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR #1 (ONE SHOT)

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli, Various
Main Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 12/1
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

NEW CLASSIC-STYLE STORY: “Jingles Jangled!” It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit from Jingles! Jingles wants to be part of the Riverdale High Christmas Ball, so he “disguises” himself in human form. He makes quite a splash at the dance, but really hits it off with Veronica’s cousin’s Harper. What happens when he has to reveal his true self to her? Only time will tell!

ARCHIE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR #1 (ONE SHOT)

The Comic-Con Museum Launches an Eight Decades of Archie Exhibit

Archie Comics is joining Comic-Con International in launching their new Comic-Con Museum as one of the first exhibits as part of this weekend’s Comic-Con Special Edition in San Diego. “Eight Decades of Archie” celebrates 80 years of Archie Comics and Riverdale hijinks. This world-premiere exhibition celebrates both the vast cultural legacy of Archie Comics over its 80-year span and the enduring appeal of its ever-evolving cast of typical American teenagers. Attendees will be welcomed to Riverdale through vintage comic books, original art, unique props and other exclusive memorabilia, all built to delight both the most ardent and casual Archie fans.

The Comic-Con Museum, which will celebrate the magic of Comic-Con year-round, had a soft opening to the public on November 26. Located in San Diego’s iconic Balboa Park the Museum is featuring six diverse, entertaining, educational and interactive exhibits. Special programming, screenings and a variety of special nighttime activities will be offered leading up to the summer of 2022 grand opening which will also feature the “Eight Decades of Archie” exhibit.

The soft opening of the Museum is occurring while Comic-Con Special Edition – the first in-person gathering for San Diego Comic-Con fans since July 2019 – begins at the San Diego Convention Center. However, while Comic-Con Special Edition ends on Nov. 28, the Museum experience will continue throughout the year. Tickets for the Museum will also be sold at the Museum; reservations are encouraged as attendance may be limited.

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Archie Comics in February 2022

ARCHIE: LOVE & HEARTBREAK SPECIAL ONE-SHOT

AN ALL-NEW ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY PERFECT FOR FANS OF ARCHIE’S MODERN COMIC SERIES! Join Archie and his friends on a date night at the Riverdale carnival! First up, Betty wants to know: If Jughead was interested in dating, what would the perfect date look like? Jughead shares his POV on love while Archie and Veronica’s relationship is on the rocks! Can Kevin Keller help Archie save his romance? Maybe not, since Kevin’s caught up in his own romantic dilemma, and is worried about being in over his head on his own date! Who will end up together? What relationships are on the verge of collapse? Who will find true love? *Retailer orders for all covers placed by FOC date will be 100% returnable (no minimum)*

Script: Thomas Pitilli, Stephanie Cooke, Sina Grace
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Lisa Sterle, Iolanda Zanfardino, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
CVR A Main Cover: Thomas Pitilli
CVR B Variant: Paulina Ganucheau
On Sale Date: 2/9
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #327

BRAND NEW STORY: “Snow Excuse”   Archie brings his car to school for some “free” repairs, courtesy of Riverdale High shop class. Unfortunately, prankster extraordinaire Reggie is in his shop class, and he gets a few of their classmates to pull an over-the-top seasonal prank: namely, turning Archie’s car into a snowmobile! What will happen to Archie’s beloved Ol’ Betsy next? And when it starts to snow, will Reggie’s practical joke actually be practical?

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosrio “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 2/9
192-page, full color comic
$8.99 U.S.

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #327

ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS GLORY (TR)

The Archie 1000 Page Comics series returns in all its glory with another volume collecting 1000 pages of iconic Archie comic stories, featuring the same mix of wild humor, awkward charm and genuine relatability that has kept Archie and the gang popular with kids and families for 80 years.

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent
978-1-64576-909-5
$14 .99 US / $17.99 CAN
5 1/4 x 7 ½”
TR
1000 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/23

ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS GLORY (TR)

ARCHIE’S VALENTINES SPECTACULAR #1

BRAND NEW STORY: “A Not-So-Sweet Romance” Archie’s been awful quiet about his last girlfriend, who was also an inspiring musician. So quiet, no one even knew he had one! That is, until her song hits the charts. Everyone is obsessed with it—especially Betty and Veronica. But neither of them know that Taylor Sweet’s pop breakup anthem is about Archie! And he’s going to try his hardest to not let them find out, no matter what it takes! 

Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
CVR A Main Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 2/2
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

ARCHIE’S VALENTINES SPECTACULAR #1

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #301

BRAND NEW STORY: “Snowbound!“ Betty and Veronica take Jughead’s little sister Jellybean sledding—but when Jellybean’s snow tube runs amok, all three of them end up lost… and without their cell phones! The girls are cold, lost and distraught… will they ever be found?!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francis Bonnet, Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña, Jack Morelli
On Sale Date: 2/16
192-page, full color comic
$8.99 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #301

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #117

BRAND NEW STORY: “My Pal PUREHEART!” Pureheart the Powerful might not be the most agile or graceful superhero… but he always beats the bad guys in the end (he also looks A LOT like mild-mannered teen heartthrob Archie Andrews). Though there’s really only one person who notices Archie’s super alter-ego… and it’s not actually a person at all! Could Pureheart be in need of a super-sidekick? And if so, is he open to the four-legged kind? 

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francis Bonnet, Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 2/23
192-page, full color comic
$8.99 U.S.

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #117

WORLD OF BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #12

BRAND NEW STORY: “Breaking the Ice!” When a cute new skating instructor takes a job at the local rink, Veronica quickly signs up for lessons pretending she doesn’t know the first thing about skating. Betty, on the other hand thinks this is a ridiculous approach and sets out to win the instructor’s attention by being his equal. Which one will figure eight their way into his heart?

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Bill Galvan, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña, Jack Morelli
On Sale Date: 2/2
192-page, full color comic
$8.99 U.S.

WORLD OF BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #12

A New Archie Comics Anthology Delivers a Heartwarming Rom-Com This February for Valentine’s Day

ARCHIE: LOVE & HEARTBREAK SPECIAL #1 (ONE-SHOT)

Script: Thomas Pitilli, Stephanie Cooke, Sina Grace
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Lisa Sterle, Iolanda Zanfardino
Colors: Matt Herms
Letters: Jack Morelli
Main Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Cover: Paulina Ganucheau
On Sale Date: 2/9
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Join Archie and his friends on a date night at the Riverdale carnival! First up, Betty wants to know: If Jughead was interested in dating, what would the perfect date look like? Jughead shares his POV on love while Archie and Veronica’s relationship is on the rocks! Can Kevin Keller help Archie save his romance? Maybe not, since Kevin’s caught up in his own romantic dilemma, and is worried about being in over his head on his own date! Who will end up together? What relationships are on the verge of collapse? Who will find true love?

All is merry and bright in this FOC preview of Archie’s Holiday Magic Special #1!

ARCHIE’S HOLIDAY MAGIC SPECIAL #1 (ONE SHOT)

Script: Micol Ostow, Michael Northrop, J. Torres
Art: Gretel Lusky, Arielle Jovellanos, Dan Schoening
Colors: Matt Herms
Letters: Jack Morelli
Main Cover: Gretel Lusky
Variant Cover: Gary Erskine
Final Order Cut Off Date: 11/15
On Sale Date: 12/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

It’s Christmas Eve in Riverdale, and it’s almost time for the annual Snow Ball, but Archie still can’t choose who should be his date: Betty or Veronica? Has he always been this indecisive? Will he always be? Will his flaws leave him all alone? Everything changes when a spirit guide appears to help him navigate these questions, and explore his past, present, and future in three distinct tales. This heartfelt and humorous holiday tale harkens back to classic holiday stories like It’s a Wonderful Life, mixed with the over-the-top sentimentality of a Hallmark Christmas film.

ARCHIE'S HOLIDAY MAGIC SPECIAL #1

Preview: Archie & Friends: Christmas Calamity #1

ARCHIE & FRIENDS: CHRISTMAS CALAMITY #1 (ONE-SHOT)

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 11/10
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Get ready to enjoy some festive fun… and some festive foul-ups in this collection of holiday hilarity and merry mix-ups featuring a BRAND NEW CLASSIC-STYLE STORY! When all the reindeer and elves aren’t feeling well on Christmas Eve, a hand-wringing Jingles relays the news to Archie and the gang… and even perpetual naughty-list dweller Reggie Mantle is convinced the gang must do what they can to save Christmas for everyone! Do Archie and his pals have what it takes to help Santa out of this jolly jam?

ARCHIE & FRIENDS: CHRISTMAS CALAMITY #1 (ONE-SHOT)

Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 11/07/2021

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. Given the lack of new comics, expect this weekly update to begin featuring comics that we think you’ll enjoy while you can’t get anything new to read – only new to you.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.


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My Bad #1 (Ahoy)– Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman, Peter Krause, and Kelly Fitzpatrick unleash the silliness and superdickery in My Bad #1. The free-wheeling two story plus fake ads (Which are the best part of the comic) format gives the book a great old school feel while poking fun at soon-to-be popular IP products, Chandelier Man, Accelerator, and Rush Hour plus their shared nemesis Emperor King. Chandelier Man is white privilege personified and spends his entire issue trying to get rid of bomb. The mixture of classic, yet off-kilter superhero art from Krause, and Russell and Ingman’s irreverent scripting is a winning combination. My Bad #1 reads a lot like a Keith Giffen book from the 1980s with update cultural references. Finally, as a life long traffic hater and recent car accident sufferer, I need Rush Hour to have a showcase story. Overall: 8.3 Verdict: Buy

Crush and Lobo #6 (DC)– Crush and Lobo #6 is another hilarious, bittersweet, and action-packed installment of my favorite smol gay comic from Mariko Tamaki, Amancay Nahuelpan, Tamra Bonvillain, and Nick Filardi. The entirety of this issue takes place in Space Vegas where Crush fruitlessly looks for her dad. Tamaki’s running, fourth wall commentary mixed with Nahuelpan’s debauchery-filled crowd scenes make this an amusing read with clever ideas like a cookie place where you eat a life-sized cookie of yourself. Between the jokes and double page spreads of mayhem, Crush and Lobo #6 has a lot of heart as Crush accidentally goes on a date and realizes maybe she’s a jerk who doesn’t like herself very much. She’s cursed with self-awareness (Thank you Mariko Tamaki narration) yet still makes mistakes, which makes her incredibly relatable and worth a monthly hang. Overall: 8.9 Verdict: Buy

Crossover #9 (Image)– In Crossover #9, Donny Cates tries to do what Brian Michael Bendis did in the first volume of Powers and parody a writer’s style through an entire issue. (Warren Ellis is Bendis’ case; Brian Michael Bendis in Cates’ case.) However, the whole thing feels like a Family Guy cutaway gag with Cates aping Bendis’ style instead of having any kind of actual jokes. Although the entire issue is *fittingly* talking heads, there is a lot of plot progression in the whole comic book creations murdering their creators. However, Crossover continues to grow more inane and be less about the characters and more about Donny Cates showing off his knowledge of Powers lore and namedropping other, better comics. Geoff Shaw’s art and Dee Cunniffe’s colors are almost its saving grace with cool interrogation scenes that had me feeling for early 2000s Marvel instead of the book I was reading. They deserve way better than the scripts they’ve been handed, and the lack of blockbuster-style action is a reminder of how thin and shallow Crossover’s characters and themes are. Overall: 4.7 Verdict: Pass

Dark Knights of Steel #1 (DC)– Although it features gorgeous, story book-style art from Yasmine Putri, her and Tom Taylor’s Dark Knights of Steel #1 starts off slow and has a pretty obvious plot twist if you know basic DC lore. The opening sequence with Jor-El unleashing heat vision on medieval soldiers is unsettling, and Putri nails a similar line and page breaking scene with Banshee later in the book. However, the conflict between medieval Black Lightning and the House of El is a pretty basic one between magic and metahuman abilities. It really feels like a kind of re-skinned Injustice, and lots of Taylor’s faves like Constantine, Harley Quinn, Green Arrow, and Black Canary make appearances. But towards the end, Dark Knights of Steel starts to find its footing by focusing on the family dynamic with Bruce and the Els, which is vastly more intriguing that two factions slugging it out. Overall: 7.5 Verdict: Read.

Chilling Adventures in Sorcery #1 (Archie)– Chilling Adventures in Sorcery is an old school horror anthology with wonderfully atmospheric visuals. Eliot Rahal and Vincenzo Federici frame the book around horror host/Greendale High teacher, Madam Satan, trying to escape Hell, and she runs into 2 souls aka Archie and Jughead, who tell her Twilight Zone-style stories. There is a controlled chaos to Federici’s line art, and Madam Satan is quite the charismatic lead. Evan Stanley’s story follows Archie as he works at a haunted arcade and has a Amblin Entertainment-meets-Five Nights at Freddie Vibe. It’s followed by a Jughead story from Amy Chu and Derek Charm that turns burger eating into something cinematic and the comedic into the grotesque. Speaking of grotesque, the anthology wraps up with a one pager from Pat and Tim Kennedy and Bob Smith that perfectly combines the Archie house style with super gore. Classic Archie characters plus an EC horror format with memorable art and wry dialogue makes this one-shot a spooky good time. Overall: 8.6 Verdict: Buy.

Knighted #1 (AWA/Upshot)– A middle management loser named Bob takes up the mantle of the city’s greatest superhero, The Knight in Knighted #1 by Gregg Hurwitz, Mark Teixeira, and Brian Reber. The comic has the feel of The Boys or Kick-Ass with cringy dialogue and an asshole on every corner to go with Teixeira and Reber’s grimy visuals. Most of the issue is Bob being humiliated until he has a potentially golden opportunity fall in his lap. I mostly enjoyed the back half of the comic where Hurwitz and Mark Teixeira mess around with elements of the Batman mythos through the spitting image of Morgan Freeman, Ash DeVane, who basically steals the entire comic. Knighted #1 reads like a Millarworld Book with Marvel Knights art, but it didn’t take itself super seriously so I didn’t hate it and am here for more Bob cringe. Overall: 7.3 Verdict: Read.

Out of Body #5 (Aftershock)– Peter Milligan, Inaki Miranda, and Eva De La Cruz stick the landing in Out of Body’s very dark conclusion. Most of the issue takes place in the astral plane where our protagonist Dan and the psychic Abi try to break free out of the creepy occultist August Pryne’s trap. The wild card is Dan’s deadbeat brother, Luke, and Out of Body’s throughline of how other people’s perception of us is different from our own self-perception continues by elucidating their relationship. Milligan and Miranda put together all the pieces of why Dan is in a coma and give one last glimpse about how his hubris and workaholism has doomed all his relationships. Inaki Miranda and Eva De La Cruz’s take on the astral plane continues to be gorgeous and surreal and goes into pure puffs of color and smoke to match Peter Milligan’s perceptive narration. If you’re into weird occult shit, dysfunctional relationships, and are tired of happy endings, Out of Body is definitely the book for you. Overall: 8.9 Verdict: Buy.


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

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Archie Comics in January 2022

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #326

TWO BRAND NEW STORIES: “SnoBoard Games” Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Reggie are on a snowboarding trip in the mountains. While watching the Winter Olympics on TV in the lounge, Reggie brags that his snowboarding skills rival the professionals. Archie is skeptical, but when Reggie impresses the girls with flips and other tricks on the slope, Archie becomes jealous. Does Archie have what it takes to outdo Reggie on the “Monster Slope,” the scariest, most dangerous slope on the mountain? Or will it be a total wipeout?

Script: Francis Bonnet
Art: Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 1/5
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #326

ARCHIE MILESTONES DIGEST #13: BEST OF THE 1960s

THE ARCHIE MILESTONES DIGEST SERIES RETURNS! We’re continuing celebrating Archie’s long-lasting legacy of 80+ years of publishing with a special retroactive look at some of the most important eras in Archie’s history! First up: the 1960s, the Silver Age of comics and the decade that brought us the birth of The Archies! Plus, stories from every decade of Archie. There’s something for fans of all ages!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Rex Lindsey
On Sale Date: 1/26
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

ARCHIE MILESTONES DIGEST #13: BEST OF THE 1960s

ARCHIE MODERN CLASSICS MAGIC (TR)

After 80 years of humorous tales, the Riverdale gang are still going strong! Archie is proud to present the best stories so far from the 2020s – collected for the first time ever. Don’t miss these modern classics! This is Archie’s new sister series to our all-time best-selling graphic novel series, featuring a focus on the latest and greatest stories from the previous year of digests.

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent
978-1-64576-907-1
$9.99 US / $13.99 CAN
5 1/4 x 7 ½”
TR
256 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/26

ARCHIE MODERN CLASSICS MAGIC (TR)

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #300

BRAND NEW STORY: “Sister, Sister!”  Betty and Veronica realize both of their parents’ anniversaries are only a couple of days apart, so they decide to throw a big anniversary party for both the Lodges and the Coopers. Planning the event makes them feel like sisters, which leads them to imagine what their lives would be like if they actually were sisters in this landmark 300th issue!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Pat and Tim Kennedy, Rosario “Tito” Peña, Jack Morelli
On Sale Date: 1/12
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #300

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #116

BRAND NEW STORY: Archie decides that Valentine’s Day has become too materialistic, so he’s going to show Betty and Veronica he cares without spending a dime! Little does he know, Betty and Veronica have decided to join forces to surprise Archie with a super lavish Valentine’s gift! This might turn out to be a Valentine’s Day to remember… but maybe not for the reasons anyone would have hoped for! 

Script: Tania del Rio
Art: Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francis Bonnet, Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 1/19
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #116

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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