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AWA Reveals Knighted #1 Retailer Exclusive Variants

AWA Studios/AWA Upshot Studios has revealed the retailer exclusive variants for their upcoming new November series, Knighted #1 by by Gregg Hurwitz, illustrated by Mark Texeira, and colored by Brian Reber. The series is part of the AWA Studios universe built by J. Michael StrazynskiKnighted is Batman meets The Other Guys and is why a few retailers had some fun paying homage to the caped crusader.

Here’s a list of the variants and the links to collect:

Be sure to pick up Knighted #1 on November 3rd, 2021.

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

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Ghost of Vader’s Castle #3 (of 5)

Star Wars Adventures: Ghost of Vader’s Castle #3 (of 5)

(W) Cavan Scott (A) Robert Hack (A/CA) Francesco Francavilla
In Shops: Oct 06, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Join Cavan Scott, Francesco Francavilla, and a host of classic Star Wars artists in the epic conclusion to the Vader’s Castle saga! Star Wars Adventures: Ghosts of Vader’s Castle is a horror-packed, star-studded, five-week event guaranteed to haunt your dreams.

In issue #3, catch up with Hudd and Skritt! Hudd has been dreaming of the Spirit of the Swamp, a gilled monster that terrorizes Dagobah! The GHOST OF VADER’S CASTLE are in all corners of the galaxy…

Star Wars Adventures: Ghost of Vader's Castle #3 (of 5)

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

Preview: Blade Runner: Origins #5

Blade Runner: Origins #5

Author(s): K. Perkins, Mellow Brown
Artist(s): Fernando Dagnino
Cover Artist(s): Dani Strips (CVR A), Jesus Hervas (CVR B), Robert Hack (CVR C), Veronica Fish

Enter the world of Blade Runner: 2009 and discover the untold origins of the Blade Runners!

LAPD detective CAL MOREAUX has teamed up with an escaped experimental REPLICANT, who has been uploaded with the memories of a dead Tyrell Corporation scientist, whose suicide he was sent to investigate.

FEATURES AN ALL-STAR CREATIVE TEAM including K. PERKINS (Supergirl), MELLOW BROWN (American Gods)

Blade Runner: Origins #5

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.”

Blade Runner: Origins #5 Kicks Off a New Arc

BLADE RUNNER: ORIGINS #5 (1 OF 4)

Authors K. Perkins, Mellow Brown
Artist Fernando Dagnino
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On Sale August 11, 2021
Cover Artists: Dani Strips (CVR A), Jesus Hervas (CVR B), Robert Hack (CVR C), Veronica Fish

Enter the world of Blade Runner: 2009 and discover the untold origins of the Blade Runners! LAPD detective CAL MOREAUX has teamed up with an escaped experimental REPLICANT, who has been uploaded with the memories of a dead Tyrell Corporation scientist, whose suicide he was sent to investigate.

FEATURES AN ALL-STAR CREATIVE TEAM including K. Perkins (BatwomanWonder Woman,Supergirl), and screenwriter Mellow Brown (American Gods,Calls) with artwork by Fernando Dagnino (Smart Girl, Superman, the Green Lantern Prequel Special: Sinestro #1, Resurrection Man and Suicide Squad).

Preview: Blade Runner Origins #1

Blade Runner Origins #1

Author(s): K. Perkins, Mellow Brown, Mike Johnson
Artist(s): Fernando Dagnino
Cover Artist(s): Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau (CVR A), Peach Momoko (CVR B), Fernando Dagnino (CVR C), Robert Hack (CVR D), Piotr Kowalski (CVR E), Blank Sketch (CVR F)

Enter the world of Blade Runner: 2009 and Discover the untold origins of the Blade Runners!

A Tyrell Corporation scientist is DEAD – the victim of an apparent suicide.

But when LAPD Detective Cal is called in to investigate, he uncovers secret documents revealing a new kind of replicant and a conspiracy that could change the world. FEATURES AN ALL-STAR CREATIVE TEAM including K. PERKINS (Supergirl), MELLOW BROWN (American Gods) plus Titan’s bestselling Blade Runner 2019 co-writer MIKE JOHNSON.

Blade Runner Origins #1
Almost American
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