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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

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.

SDCC 2019: Riverdale is Honoring Luke Perry in the Season 4 Premiere and Shannen Doherty will Guest Star

Shannen Doherty

Riverdale executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced at the Riverdale San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel that the season four premiere will feature a special tribute to Luke Perry. Perry’s longtime friend and former costar Shannen Doherty will guest star in a special role in the episode, which will air Wednesday, October 9, at 8/7c on The CW. Entitled “Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam,” the season premiere will reflect Luke Perry’s enduring legacy and the indelible imprint his character, Fred Andrews, had on Riverdale.

The casting of Doherty continues her long association with Perry, which started in 1990 on Beverly Hills, 90210, and continued for nearly 30 years. Perry and Aguirre-Sacasa had long planned for Doherty to appear on Riverdale. Her presence on the series “is something that Luke wanted to happen since season one,” said Aguirre-Sacasa. “They were such good friends, and when we were putting together this tribute episode, we wanted to make it as special as possible, and so we asked Shannen to do a pivotal, super-emotional role. She read the script and immediately said ‘yes.’ It’s very impactful.”

It was also announced at the show’s Comic-Con panel that Kerr Smith will play Riverdale High’s new principal, Mr. Honey, in a recurring role. Smith will first appear in the second episode of season four, entitled “Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High.” Aguirre-Sacasa describes Smith’s character as “a bit of a hard-ass who takes a harder line with the students this year, especially with the seniors.”

Preview: Monster Sized Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1

MONSTER SIZED CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #1

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli
Cover: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 4/3
100-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

Just in time for Part 2 of Netflix’s hit Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, this special 3-in-1 comic collects issues #6-8 of the ongoing comic book series by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack, complete with an all-new cover!

MONSTER SIZED CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #1

Preview: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #1 (REPRINT)

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli
Cover: Provided by Netflix
On Sale Date: 11/7
32-page, full color comic
$1.00 U.S.

Relive the horror in this special reprinting of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #1, to celebrate the brand-new NETFLIX series, at a new low price! Terror is born anew in this dark reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s origin. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. For TEEN+ readers.

Preview: Riverdale Vol. 3

RIVERDALE VOL. 3 (TR)

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Murray, Aaron Allen
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Cover: Photo courtesy of CW
978-1-68255-861-4
$14.99 US/$19.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/5

From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the CW’s Riverdale comes the third collection of the comic book set in the universe of the SMASH HIT TV series. RIVERDALE VOL. 3 collects issues 9-12 of the ongoing series.

Jughead runs into trouble on the Southside in this early preview of Riverdale #12!

RIVERDALE #12

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Aaron Allen
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, John Workman
Cover: Josie CW Photo Cover
Variant Cover: Betty & Jughead CW Photo Cover
On Sale Date: 5/16
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the popular CW series Riverdale comes the MUST-READ, ongoing comic series set in the universe of the SMASH HIT TV show. Take a visit to the mean streets of the Southside, where the Serpents gang run the show—until Jughead Jones came to town. When he challenges something near and dear to the Serpents, will he be able to make it out alive? Written by Aaron Allen, writer of the CW Riverdale series, with stunning art by Thomas Pitilli!

Preview: Riverdale Vol. 2

RIVERDALE VOL. 2 (TR)

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Michael Grassi, Tessa Leigh Williams, Brian E. Paterson, Ross Maxwell, Will Ewing, Aaron Allen
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, John Workman, Janice Chiang
Cover: CW Photo Cover
978-1-68255-925-3
$17.99/$19.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 3/28

From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the CW’s Riverdale comes the second collection of the comic book set in the universe of the SMASH HIT TV series. RIVERDALE VOL. 2 collects issues 4-8 of the ongoing series and features bonus content including issue #23 of the ongoing ARCHIE series.

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