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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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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.

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Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Something Wicked #2

The weekend is almost here! We’re looking forward to some nice weather to enjoy some time outside and maybe relax with a nice graphic novel to read or game to play. What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments! While you wait for the weekday to end and weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Science Of – Batman and Exponential Growth: Contagion and SARS-CoV-2 – So geeky and awesome.

The Comichron – 25 years ago this week: The DC/Diamond distribution deal announced – Some really cool comic history.

CBLDF – What To Do If You Can’t Pay Rent Because of COVID-19 – Some good advice for shops.

The Beat – Kickstarter announces plans for ‘The Worlds of Kickstarter Comics’ for Alt Free Comics Day – Make sure to subscribe and get a free comic!

Reviews

Atomic Junk Shop – Glass Town: The Imaginary World of the Brontës
Newsarama – Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Something Wicked #2
Newsarama – Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #2

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Bloodshot Book One

Much of the GP team has a long weekend but that doesn’t mean we’re taking the day off. Expect a packed day of news! To get things rolling, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

WSYM-TV – MLK Commission welcomes Andrew Aydin to 2020 Day of Celebration – Congrats to Andrew!

Tom’s Guide – Best Comic Book Apps 2020 – Free Readers for iPad, iPhone, Android – Any you all like?

Whatculture – 10 Best Comic Books That DON’T Have Superheroes – Agree? Disagree?

How to Love Comics – How To Start Reading The Umbrella Academy Comics [Guide + Reading Order] – A handy guide for those interested.

How to Love Comics – Bloodshot Reading Order Guide – Another handy guide.

The Comichron – December 2019 comics and graphic orders up 9%; House of X/Powers of X top dollar GN – For those interested in the race.

Reviews

AIPT – Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out #2
Talking Comics – Legion of Super-Heroes #3
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Over My Dead Body
ICv2 – Sabrina: The Teenage Witch Vol. 1

Preview: Sabrina the Teenage Witch Vol. 1

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH VOL. 1 (TP)

Script: Kelly Thompson
Art: Veronica Fish, Andy Fish, Jack Morelli
Cover: Veronica Fish
978-1-68255-805-8
$14.99 US/$16.99 CAN
6 x 9”
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/20

Kelly Thompson (Uncanny X-Men) and artists Veronica Fish and Andy Fish (Spider-Woman, ARCHIE) team-up to tell the story of Sabrina Spellman, a teen witch who’s struggling with balancing the double life of high school and her burgeoning powers. Newly relocated to Greendale with her aunts Hilda and Zelda (also witches), Sabrina is trying to make the best of being the new girl in town which so far includes two intriguing love interests, an instant rivalry, a couple of misfits that could turn into BFFs, and trying to save the high school (and maybe the world) from crazy supernatural events. NBD! Collects SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH issues #1-5.

Preview: Sabrina Super Special Magazine #1

SABRINA SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #1

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Provided by Netflix
On Sale Date: 9/18
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

Join us as we celebrate all things SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH in this special super-sized magazine. As we gear up for part three of the hit Netflix series, we’re celebrating some of the best comic book and TV moments!

SABRINA SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #1

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Harbinger

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below!

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Adventuring and making friends in A Nice Long Walk – Free comics!

Calgary Herald – High suicide rates for Indigenous youths sparks action from Alberta government – A good use of comics to try to do some good in the world.

The Hollywood Reporter – Paramount Picks Up Comic Book Movie ‘Harbinger’ From Sony – Interesting move.

Reviews

IGN – Batman #78
Blog Critics –
King of King Court
Newsarama –
Powers of X #4
The Beat –
The Red Zone: An Earthquake Story
Comics Bulletin –
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #5

Preview: Sabrina the Teenage Witch #5 (of 5)

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #5 (OF 5)

Script: Kelly Thompson
Art: Veronica Fish, Andy Fish, Jack Morelli
Cover: Veronica Fish
Variant Covers: Gary Erskine, Victor Ibanez
On Sale Date: 9/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Events have passed a point of no return in Greendale and Sabrina has to take dramatic steps in order to save her family, friends, and the city itself from an out of control threat that isn’t exactly what it seemed to be. But all magic has a price and magic this big has a big price. Just how far will Sabrina go to protect the ones she loves?

Kelly Thompson, Veronica Fish, and Andy Fish Conjure Up Sabrina: Something Wicked

Sabrina Something Wicked teaser

Hot on the heels of the final issue of Sabrina The Teenage Witch hitting stores next Wednesday, writer Kelly Thompson and artists Veronica Fish and Andy Fish have reunited for the next chapter in their spellbinding reboot of the classic Archie Comics character! Sabrina: Something Wicked, a new five-issue mini-series launching in spring 2020, follows the magical monster mayhem of the first series, with Sabrina’s powers on the rise and the forces of darkness not quite as at-bay as she and her fellow witches would like.

Sabrina Something Wicked teaser

The five-issue sequel will delve further into the characters — both new and old — that were introduced in the first mini-series, including the teens of Greendale High and Sabrina’s familiar Salem, the former warlock / current snarky black cat. And with a deeper exploration of Greendale’s witch history comes many more witches, good and wicked! 

The artistic duo has brought Sabrina and her cast of characters to life in an exuberant new art style with gothic-yet-bright colors and magic that seems to jump off the page. Letterer Jack Morelli will also return to round out the creative team.

Sabrina The Teenage Witch #5 arrives in comic shops on September 11, with the trade paperback collection following on November 20.

Monsters attack in this early preview of Sabrina the Teenage Witch #5!

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #5 (OF 5)

Script: Kelly Thompson
Art: Veronica Fish, Andy Fish, Jack Morelli
Cover: Veronica Fish
Variant Covers: Gary Erskine, Victor Ibanez
On Sale Date: 9/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Events have passed a point of no return in Greendale and Sabrina has to take dramatic steps in order to save her family, friends, and the city itself from an out of control threat that isn’t exactly what it seemed to be. But all magic has a price and magic this big has a big price. Just how far will Sabrina go to protect the ones she loves?

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #5 (OF 5)
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