Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1
On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman 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. Archie Comics' latest horror sensation starts here! For TEEN+ readers. Compiles the first six issues of the ongoing comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1 Details

TitleChilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 16th, 2016
PublisherArchie Comics
ISBN-139781627389877
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Horror, Fantasy, Graphic Novels Comics, Paranormal, Witches, Fiction

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1 Review

  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsWow. Talk about some real witchy women...In the world of Archie Comics, Sabrina the Teenage Witch is your magical girl next door. Sweet, pretty, & head-over-heels in love with her high school sweetheart, Harvey Kinkle. In the regular comics, Sabrina is always trying to sneak around to do good with her magic - despite her two aunts and cat (Salem) trying their best to get her to act a bit more like a real witch.In this, the characters are all there, but instead of the usual sweet and 4.5 starsWow. Talk about some real witchy women...In the world of Archie Comics, Sabrina the Teenage Witch is your magical girl next door. Sweet, pretty, & head-over-heels in love with her high school sweetheart, Harvey Kinkle. In the regular comics, Sabrina is always trying to sneak around to do good with her magic - despite her two aunts and cat (Salem) trying their best to get her to act a bit more like a real witch.In this, the characters are all there, but instead of the usual sweet and silly tone of a regular Sabrina story, you've got a dark retelling of her origin. It's set in the 1960's, which is cool because that was when she originally debuted as a character in Archie's world. Plus, the 60's setting coupled with the spooky art just gives a real Rosemary's Baby sort of vibe to the comic.The Madam Satan (Iola/ Evangeline Porter) character is entirely revamped and given a new backstory involving Sabrina's father. As far as I'm aware, she has never before appeared in a comic with Sabrina, but I could be wrong. At any rate, she's out for revenge against the Spellman's, and she's crazy as hell. <--which is ironically where she's been for a quite while.Sabrina doesn't live in Riverdale, she lives in the nearby town of Greendale. But since they are so close together, a few of Riverdale's famous cheerleaders do make a rather important pit stop in her town. I went into it thinking that it might be a cheesy cash grab or a stupid companion comic to the CW spin-off of their Riverdale show. But by the time I finished I had to admit that I was really impressed by everything about this. I'm not saying it's perfect, but it definitely exceeded my expectations and thoroughly entertained me. The last issue left me on pins and needles, and I can't wait to see where this is headed next!Archie Comics is doing a great job revamping their line-up and quickly becoming one of my top picks when it comes to graphic novels.So, if you're in the market for a not so nice little comic about a teenage witch, then Sabrina is your girl.
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  • Melki
    January 1, 1970
    I must have a dark soul to enjoy so much seeing my childhood favorites twisted and perverted by modern day graphic novel artists. I LOVED Archie's gang when I was a kid, but I'm happy as a clam as an adult to see them killed, and turned into zombies. Now, it's Sabrina's turn, and boy, is this one DARK!Seems there are more witches about than we ever suspected. Why, over in Riverdale, there's a blonde and brunette duo you might recognize who practice a little black magic. BUT, that's only a small I must have a dark soul to enjoy so much seeing my childhood favorites twisted and perverted by modern day graphic novel artists. I LOVED Archie's gang when I was a kid, but I'm happy as a clam as an adult to see them killed, and turned into zombies. Now, it's Sabrina's turn, and boy, is this one DARK!Seems there are more witches about than we ever suspected. Why, over in Riverdale, there's a blonde and brunette duo you might recognize who practice a little black magic. BUT, that's only a small part of the story. This book belongs to Sabrina, and we get to learn all about her past while we follow her current tale of teenage woe. A scary sorceress has been summoned, a raven-tressed bride of Satan who's missing her facial skin, and has skulls instead of eyeballs. Yuck! She's set her sights on our favorite teen witch, and things are probably not gonna end well for Brina's steady guy.It's an involving and rather spooky tale that's hard to put down. Too bad the book is dragged down by the illustrations. Robert Hack's artwork is pretty dreadful, particularly facial features. Characters frequently don't look the same from one panel to the next. It may be a minor detail for some, but it bugged the hell out of me, and kept taking my mind off the story.That said, I am looking forward to further adventures. (And, keeping my fingers crossed for a different artist.) And I can't wait to see what they do to Josie and the Pussycats!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I decided to read this after hearing it was going to be made into a TV show on the CW.I loved the whole vibe of this. I liked that it was set in the 1960’s and the artwork matched perfectly. It had the right blend of vintage throwback and horror. As for the story, I liked the darker take on Sabrina. The first couple of issues had a lot of backstory, but once it got to main plot I was hooked. Overall, this was a fantastic spooky read. I cannot wait for the show.
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    Everything I know about Sabrina I learned from Melissa Joan Hart. This is kind of different. I'm sure that's partly because this version is taking its cues from the comic, which I've never read. But I'm also quite sure that the older comics didn't portray the witches as being explicitly Satanic, nor did the aunts shop for groceries in the graveyard. So, yes, it can be kind of dark. But it's a darkness that works, though Sabrina does sometimes come off as oddly naive and wholesome for a literal S Everything I know about Sabrina I learned from Melissa Joan Hart. This is kind of different. I'm sure that's partly because this version is taking its cues from the comic, which I've never read. But I'm also quite sure that the older comics didn't portray the witches as being explicitly Satanic, nor did the aunts shop for groceries in the graveyard. So, yes, it can be kind of dark. But it's a darkness that works, though Sabrina does sometimes come off as oddly naive and wholesome for a literal Satan worshiper who's planning on signing over her soul to the devil on her sixteenth birthday. The art is cool, very retro, and the scratchiness fits with a horror comic.
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  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    This might be the biggest surprise of the year for me when comes to comics. The chilling Adventures of Sabrina are actually chilling. So Sabrina starts off screwed up. Her father wants to take the baby from her mother. Sabrina's mother tries to run but is hunted and when the baby is ripped from her arms she is turned into basically a vegetable. Then you get a little bit of fun learning who Sabrina is and we get to her teenage years. Then you find out what she must do to become a witch (basically This might be the biggest surprise of the year for me when comes to comics. The chilling Adventures of Sabrina are actually chilling. So Sabrina starts off screwed up. Her father wants to take the baby from her mother. Sabrina's mother tries to run but is hunted and when the baby is ripped from her arms she is turned into basically a vegetable. Then you get a little bit of fun learning who Sabrina is and we get to her teenage years. Then you find out what she must do to become a witch (basically meet Satan) then a evil witch is hunting her behind the scenes, people die, blood is spilled, and shit gets fucking twisted. Good: Love the dialog. Easy to follow, intriguing, well told, everything just fits perfect. The art is really well down, giving a very scary, weird, dark and moody atmosphere throughout. The shocking events are truly fucked up and people die on a whim. I also love the evil witch as she is a true screwed up witch ready to hurt Sabrina in many ways. Bad: I didn't love having the Riverdale girls here. V and betty seemed odd here. Their purpose just to help create the evil character. Overall this was REALLY good. I hope this series continues to be good. This is something I will keep buying sure!
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  • Sana
    January 1, 1970
    2 1/2 stars.I don't really read graphic novels, but when I saw this one I knew I had to get it. This book was way different than the Sabrina the Witch show I used to watch when I was eleven years old. This book is dark, bloody, and just contains a lot of disturbing images.On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman 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 arri 2 1/2 stars.I don't really read graphic novels, but when I saw this one I knew I had to get it. This book was way different than the Sabrina the Witch show I used to watch when I was eleven years old. This book is dark, bloody, and just contains a lot of disturbing images.On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman 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.●So apparently Sabrina was the MC, but it didn't really feel like she was the MC. The story was basically going back and forth between a bunch of different characters. I did like how we get a whole back story on how everything happened. ●I loved the art. It was bloody brilliant. There were many bloody pictures. There were many nude woman (it was disturbing). There were dead bodies hanging around the place. It was just awesome.There were worse images than this one. ^●I didn't really connect with any characters or the story. The only character I liked was Lady Satan. I mean come on, she was downright creepy, evil, and awesome. Overall, it was a great fast, dark read. It wasn't horrific for me. (It takes A LOT to creep me out.)
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  • Magrat Ajostiernos
    January 1, 1970
    https://cronicasdemagrat.wordpress.co...Entretenido y con un arte genial, pero una vez más esperaba más. Empiezo a pensar que espero demasiado de los cómics que leo, porque siempre acaban decepcionándome...Aquí he echado muchísimo de menos algo de CARISMA en los personajes, especialmente de Sabrina que oye, es la protagonista pero no sabemos nada de ella y es una especie de muñeco al que le pasan cosas.... Toda la brujería está bien tratada pero no añade nada nuevo a lo que hemos visto mil veces https://cronicasdemagrat.wordpress.co...Entretenido y con un arte genial, pero una vez más esperaba más. Empiezo a pensar que espero demasiado de los cómics que leo, porque siempre acaban decepcionándome...Aquí he echado muchísimo de menos algo de CARISMA en los personajes, especialmente de Sabrina que oye, es la protagonista pero no sabemos nada de ella y es una especie de muñeco al que le pasan cosas.... Toda la brujería está bien tratada pero no añade nada nuevo a lo que hemos visto mil veces.O sea, lo que digo, entretenido pero no muy innovador en nada más que el arte. Esperemos que el volumen 2 sea un poquito más original y sus personajes ganen un poco de carisma...
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  • Shadowdenizen
    January 1, 1970
    UPDATED 07-28-16: And the trade is now OUT, with my highest recommendations!***Originally read as single issues. (TPB will be out imminently as I write this.)Archie comics has been reimagining (and revitalizing) their comics line over the last few years. And while I’m reading most of the entire “NewRiverdale” line, it’s the 2 Horror titles (“Afterlife With Archie” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”) that are generating the most buzz, and deservedly so.These are darker, more adult versions of t UPDATED 07-28-16: And the trade is now OUT, with my highest recommendations!***Originally read as single issues. (TPB will be out imminently as I write this.)Archie comics has been reimagining (and revitalizing) their comics line over the last few years. And while I’m reading most of the entire “NewRiverdale” line, it’s the 2 Horror titles (“Afterlife With Archie” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”) that are generating the most buzz, and deservedly so.These are darker, more adult versions of the characters you loved over the years. And, in both cases, it totally works!Kudos to the Archie Comics line for expanding and broadening their lines in the “NewRiverdale” series, while still offering a plethora of content to the established Archie universe. (I’m eagerly awaiting the 2nd issue of “Life With Kevin #1”, and am hoping for a print compilation down the line!)
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  • Callie Rose Tyler
    January 1, 1970
    My Review of first issue.Wow, so this is intense. I mean like Satanist witch coven, human sacrifice, bath in holy water after reading intense, especially when you consider the source material.The main villain, Madame Satan, was chilling and fascinating. There are also cameos from the Riverdale gang.Overall, an amazing reinvention of a classic comics character that blows Afterlife with Archie, Vol. 1: Escape from Riverdale out of the water. There is an actual story here and it is riveting.
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    Chilling indeed!Witches have been trending lately, and Aguirre-Sacasa and Hack are without a doubt producing the best witchy comic out there (sorry to both Wytches and Harrow County, but it's true).Initiation day is coming for young Sabrina, and she must decide if she wants to sign her name in Satan's book and become an immortal witch, or turn her back on her heritage and be a normal teenage girl. When some family baggage literally returns to haunt her, grisly consequences ensue.This and Aguirre Chilling indeed!Witches have been trending lately, and Aguirre-Sacasa and Hack are without a doubt producing the best witchy comic out there (sorry to both Wytches and Harrow County, but it's true).Initiation day is coming for young Sabrina, and she must decide if she wants to sign her name in Satan's book and become an immortal witch, or turn her back on her heritage and be a normal teenage girl. When some family baggage literally returns to haunt her, grisly consequences ensue.This and Aguirre-Sacasa's Afterlife with Archie are the only must-read horror comics on the market right now. The only frustrating part is that it takes so long for he and his collaborators to finish them.
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  • Cameron Chaney
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fantastic surprise. Who knew Archie comics was capable of putting out something so dark and messed up? There were parts I wasn't crazy about, but overall I couldn't put it down and I can't wait for the second trade (or a hardcover deluxe edition, maybe?). This earns a solid four stars from me. I'll definitely be checking out the rest of Archie's new comics as they've definitely caught my attention.
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  • Nadine
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the Sabrina the Teenager Witch television show, so I’m excited for the reboot! When I found out the new show is based on this comic I had to read it! It’s very different from the original show and I loved it! It’s definitely more mature than the original show. I’m excited to see what the show does with it!
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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    I was raised on a steady diet of Archie comics and used to love the Sabrina spin-off. I was also a fan of the TV show back in the 1990s. So of course I was very excited to find this adult horror re-boot, which starts off with so much promise but then fails to follow through. The first chapter (issue 1) is great, but then the arc gets bogged down. The biggest problem is the main villain, "Lady Satan," who is neither interesting nor innovative. Do we really need another "woman scorned" monster who I was raised on a steady diet of Archie comics and used to love the Sabrina spin-off. I was also a fan of the TV show back in the 1990s. So of course I was very excited to find this adult horror re-boot, which starts off with so much promise but then fails to follow through. The first chapter (issue 1) is great, but then the arc gets bogged down. The biggest problem is the main villain, "Lady Satan," who is neither interesting nor innovative. Do we really need another "woman scorned" monster whose sexuality is deadly? Worse than being a tired misogynist re-tread, the villainess's story is just plain boring. By focusing too heavily on her tale of revenge, the writers miss out on the far more interesting story, the one advertised as the story arc's focus: Sabrina's ambivalence at being caught between the mortal and witch worlds. And even Sabrina's story is a regressive trip down sexism lane. I know this is the Archie universe, but come on, guys, it's 2016. Heroines can do more than worry about boys.Not only does the series miss out on its narrative potential, but it also fails to capitalize on the humor of its source material. Obviously, this is a "darker" version of Sabrina, but that doesn't mean there is no room for humor. Salem and cousin Ambrose lend a bit of light-hearted dialogue, as do the Betty and Veronica cameos, but overall this version takes itself a bit too seriously. Which might be OK, if it had original characters or a new take on the gothic-witch genre of comics. If that's what you're after, I recommend reading some vintage Neil Gaiman instead!
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  • L. McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    I hate to say it but I’m pretty sure I’m never going to like Archie comics.Tried Archie- Didn’t care for it.Tried that TV show, Riverdale, to see if the gritty murder stuff makes it any better- Couldn’t even get through the first episode.Tried this because I loved the Sabrina TV show when I was younger but kinda grew out of it and love dark horror stuff now- D***, I wish I liked this more.What’s it about?Sabrina the teenaged witch is reimagined as a dark, satanic, sometimes bloody horror for Arc I hate to say it but I’m pretty sure I’m never going to like Archie comics.Tried Archie- Didn’t care for it.Tried that TV show, Riverdale, to see if the gritty murder stuff makes it any better- Couldn’t even get through the first episode.Tried this because I loved the Sabrina TV show when I was younger but kinda grew out of it and love dark horror stuff now- D***, I wish I liked this more.What’s it about?Sabrina the teenaged witch is reimagined as a dark, satanic, sometimes bloody horror for Archie’s horror comic line.Pros:The story is kinda interesting. Not much any fan of horror hasn’t probably seen before but still pretty cool.The horror is very well done and creepy! You get creepy scenery, monsters, lots of satanic imagery and a bit of gore. All the good horror stuff you’d want from this book!The art is pretty good. One thing that makes the art particularly impressive is that Robert Hack did all the art: pencilling, coloring and inking. That’s impressive, great job!This book is kinda funny.Cons:The characters aren’t well written. They’re all either stereotypical, angsty teenagers (seriously, are there only about 5 people capable of writing books with realistic teenagers), adults that are d**ks, generic random people and let’s not forget the d****ey snakes. The only good characters were Salem and a goat (baaa-phomet) and they weren’t in much of this comic.This book is very predictable. Maybe it’s just because I read way too much horror but pretty much it’s like this: what stuff would you expect in a comic about demons and witches? This book is that.The romance sucks a**. I know that I’m meant to care but I can’t, possibly because it’s built on (view spoiler)[ psychological witchcraft rape (yes, I know Sabrina didn’t actually f*** Harvey, in fact she actually said no when it was offered but she did manipulate him with magic because of her sexual desires so it’s not entirely rape by definition but still, it seems close to it at least... also, I just want to note, as much as their relationship sucks Psychological Witchcraft Rape sounds like it could be a name of a metal song: most likely by Rob Zombie or Cannibal Corpse) (hide spoiler)]What’s with all the random fan service? It’s everywhere: sexy poses, cleavage close-ups, boobs just barely being covered, etc. and it’s not just the adult characters, there’s a bit of it with the teenagers. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised, I always thought Archie comics in general was creepy because of the way they do their Betty and Veronica stuff (not pushing censorship, just saying it’s creepy). Still, it’s creepy and not in a good way.This book could have been more exciting. There was one bit that was pretty exciting but for the most part it’s just not very good characters talking about stuff.The narration is horrible. I understand a comic having some narration but holy s***, let the pictures do some of the work, I see it, no need to describe it, this is not a d*** picture book. Also, the wording of things isn’t good at all. The dialogue isn’t good either though it’s not as bad as the narration (emphasis on the word “as”).Overall:This is very disappointing. It’s the same as every stereotypical horror story, just add some nostalgia and teen angst. I don’t want to make it sound like it’s horrible or anything, the art is very impressive and so is the horror but there are other horror comics that have great art and unlike this, some of them are very well written.2/5
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  • lauren ♡ (wonderless reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Uhhh this was not what I was expecting. I knew it was darker than the sitcom, but I was expecting it to be comedic-horror but uhhh Nope. This is Straight Up Horror my friends and I love the artwork so much. Kinda not sure what to rate it??? It's somewhere between 3 and 4 stars because it did hold my attention, but at times it felt like it was trying way too hard??? Also, I was kinda uncomfortable with the way suicide was portrayed in one scene. Not to mention the way a black character was treate Uhhh this was not what I was expecting. I knew it was darker than the sitcom, but I was expecting it to be comedic-horror but uhhh Nope. This is Straight Up Horror my friends and I love the artwork so much. Kinda not sure what to rate it??? It's somewhere between 3 and 4 stars because it did hold my attention, but at times it felt like it was trying way too hard??? Also, I was kinda uncomfortable with the way suicide was portrayed in one scene. Not to mention the way a black character was treated in another. The term "lezzie" was used as an insult as well. I get that this is set in the 60s, but that doesn't make it okay especially when nothing is challenged on page.
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa continues his modernized horror reinvention of the Archie-verse with his take on Sabrina and needless to say, this is no Melissa Joan Hart joint.Sabrina, Harvey, Salem, Aunts Hilda and Zelda are all here, but they've been thrown into a fun, dark, and occasionally tragic tale of witchcraft, revenge, teen angst, and Satan (in full goat drag, naturally.) Will Sabrina let Harvey Kinkle take her to the prom and punch her v card, or will she sign over her soul to Baphomet in an Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa continues his modernized horror reinvention of the Archie-verse with his take on Sabrina and needless to say, this is no Melissa Joan Hart joint.Sabrina, Harvey, Salem, Aunts Hilda and Zelda are all here, but they've been thrown into a fun, dark, and occasionally tragic tale of witchcraft, revenge, teen angst, and Satan (in full goat drag, naturally.) Will Sabrina let Harvey Kinkle take her to the prom and punch her v card, or will she sign over her soul to Baphomet in an occult ritual under the blood moon? WWALVD? (What Would Anton LaVey do?)(Someone please make that into a bracelet for me.)The art, by former alt cover designer Robert Hack, was gorgeous (other than Harvey, who I thought looked like a middle-aged dude instead of a 16 year old, but I could get past that.) There are walk-ons by Betty and Veronica, who apparently are witches in the Archie Afterlife series? Oh my God, I have got to start reading that. Aguirre-Sacasa is also the creator of the show Riverdale, which I am ridiculously obsessed with currently*. I'm not normally a reader of horror comics, but this one (and now Afterlife) I'll make room for.*Everyone who doesn't watch it tells me it's because of that stupid Archie-Grundy romance plot. The creators figured out that was gross several episodes in and shipped her pedophile ass out of town. So, don't let that deter you.
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  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    I'm really on the fence about this one, but I'm going to keep with it and see if it wins me over.
  • Pamela ✨I Blame Wizards✨
    January 1, 1970
    A deliciously dark reimagining of Sabrina Spellman's origin. Harking back to old horror tropes it was a really fun read, with a vintage feel.
  • Mariana
    January 1, 1970
    Sabrina la bruja adolescente regresó y viene acompañada de Salem, sus tías, de mucha sangre y rituales satánicos.Me encantó. Le doy 4 estrellas porque el estilo de dibujo no es mi favorito, pero la historia es genial <3
  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    A super creepy and dark take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Excellently illustrated, well-paced and awesome.
  • Michelle Morrell
    January 1, 1970
    Daaaamn, this isn't your grocery store Sabrina comic, that's for sure. I was holding this to read in October, hoping it followed in the darker footsteps of the excellent "Afterlife with Archie." And indeed, that is what I got. On the eve of Sabrina's 16th birthday, conveniently on Halloween, she has a choice to make. Live as a mortal or write her name in Satan's book and become a witch proper. Only, an evil force wants to punish her for her father's actions and tries to muck it up.Okay, haha, it Daaaamn, this isn't your grocery store Sabrina comic, that's for sure. I was holding this to read in October, hoping it followed in the darker footsteps of the excellent "Afterlife with Archie." And indeed, that is what I got. On the eve of Sabrina's 16th birthday, conveniently on Halloween, she has a choice to make. Live as a mortal or write her name in Satan's book and become a witch proper. Only, an evil force wants to punish her for her father's actions and tries to muck it up.Okay, haha, it's an Archie comic, how dark can it get? Pitch freaking black, that's how. The kind of dark that leaves just the thiniest of taint on the reader. Bleak and unrelenting dark. So, where was the fun, the silliness, the thread back to the source material that reminds us this is just one possible shard of the Riverdale antics? It's back in the closet with its throat cut while babies cry in the puddle.Side note, my twins are turning 16 this Halloween. Yay for reading paralleling life? Maybe not so much this time!
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  • Mina Rehman
    January 1, 1970
    Did someone say Sabrina Spellman?!Review: Salem, who doesn't even look like Salem, doesn't have nearly enough of a presence, Harvey is kinda lame and Sabrina isn't like Sabrina we know and love AT ALL. And what in the "devil's" name was up with Betty and Roni acting like total a***holes?Maybe it's more of a it's-me-not-you thing here. I absolutely adored Sabrina the teenage witch as a kid, and the decision to check this comic out was based solely on nostalgia. Maybe that's why even though this i Did someone say Sabrina Spellman?!Review: Salem, who doesn't even look like Salem, doesn't have nearly enough of a presence, Harvey is kinda lame and Sabrina isn't like Sabrina we know and love AT ALL. And what in the "devil's" name was up with Betty and Roni acting like total a***holes?Maybe it's more of a it's-me-not-you thing here. I absolutely adored Sabrina the teenage witch as a kid, and the decision to check this comic out was based solely on nostalgia. Maybe that's why even though this isn't bad per say, I'm still disappointed.PS. After reading "The Wicked + The Devine", I was quite disappointed in the art work as well. :/
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  • Jonathan
    January 1, 1970
    3 stars "Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble." This is definitely a much darker take on Sabrina than my limited knowledge of the TV show, with art to match.I liked it enough to read the next volume, but that's about it.
  • Barb (Boxermommyreads)
    January 1, 1970
    I almost feel like I can't gush about this book enough. In fact, I know I've already recommended it several times. This is definitely not the Sabrina the Teenage Witch I remember. This Sabrina is dark and twisted and bloody and gory and... you get the point right.Sabrina's father was a strong and powerful warlock who defied the Witch Council and married a mortal. Together, they produced Sabrina. But when he wanted to hand his baby daughter over to the witches, his wife protested and thus she was I almost feel like I can't gush about this book enough. In fact, I know I've already recommended it several times. This is definitely not the Sabrina the Teenage Witch I remember. This Sabrina is dark and twisted and bloody and gory and... you get the point right.Sabrina's father was a strong and powerful warlock who defied the Witch Council and married a mortal. Together, they produced Sabrina. But when he wanted to hand his baby daughter over to the witches, his wife protested and thus she was rendered permanently insane. Something then happens to her father leaving Sabrina to be raised by her two aunts. In addition, her father's ex, now "The Mistress of Hell" returns and desires nothing more than to seek revenge on Sabrina and further ruin her life.The story line is dark and intriguing, which really matches the artwork. This graphic novel is not for the faint of heart as there is blood and nudity throughout. One bright spot is Sabrina's familiar, Salem, who is the only voice of reason I found in the entire book. There is even a crossover story line with Betty and Veronica from Riverdale - of course they are witches though. Anyone who loves horror simply must grab a copy of this novel any way they can. The next compilation isn't released until mid-December which is WAY too long to wait. Counting the days...
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  • Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    This isn't your cute Melissa Joan Hart sitcom, this is a drama with a dark Satanic twist. I actually really liked this and thought it was better than Afterlife. The art was perfect. Retro style with a what felt like a bloodstain coloring. It really gives you that uneasy vintage feel. Excited for the second volume, but hoping I don't have to wait too long...like Afterlife...
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  • Robin Bonne
    January 1, 1970
    A chilling version of Greendale. Loved the classic horror comic throwback art style. Reading this in anticipation of the new Sabrina tv show.
  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    When I was just a little girlI asked my mother, what will I beWill I be pretty, will I be rich?Here's what she said to me:Que Sera, SeraWhatever will be, will beThe future's not ours to seeQue Sera, SeraWhat will be, will be—Jay Livingston, Ray EvansWhen I was just a little boy I read Archie Comics every week, with those kooky kids Betty and Veronica, Archie and Jughead. Fifties and early sixties sockhop stuff, innocent fun, mostly, as I recall. Sabrina the Witch was an added character to the Ri When I was just a little girlI asked my mother, what will I beWill I be pretty, will I be rich?Here's what she said to me:Que Sera, SeraWhatever will be, will beThe future's not ours to seeQue Sera, SeraWhat will be, will be—Jay Livingston, Ray EvansWhen I was just a little boy I read Archie Comics every week, with those kooky kids Betty and Veronica, Archie and Jughead. Fifties and early sixties sockhop stuff, innocent fun, mostly, as I recall. Sabrina the Witch was an added character to the Riverdale world (neighboring town Greendale), too, eventually, though this comic was fairly innocent, too, like the sixties tv show Bewitched. Witchcraft for laughs. Ha, and then Sabrina had her own tv show, with Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina, with a campy spooky/sweet sixties feel, as I recall. Here what Hart thought of the comic revamp when it was in production:“We have nothing to do with it. I think our show was about magic and family, and I think the new one — it sounds like, I have no idea — but the new one is going to be more about witchcraft, dark stuff." Hart explained. "I think it sounds more Buffy the Vampire Slayer than it does Sabrina, so I think it will appeal to a different kind of audience and be a totally different show.”Well, Buffy was darker than Sabrina, but it was also a bit campy, humorous, about friendship facing the Hellmouth (and an evil principal each year) together.Here’s an episode of Sabrina, via YouTube, that premiered in fall, 1996, but I swear feels to me like Archie from the fifties and sixties:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQk_H...So the New Riverdale series relaunches Archie comics, and the idea seems to be a mash-up of Sputnik-era/early sixties feel and contemporary vibe (updating with GLTQ and race issues, and so on). And so let’s remake Sabrina, but make her much much actually witchier. The Doris Day song is relevant: Sabrina has a choice to make between Night and Light, between Good and Evil, between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. And Madame Satan arrives and has her own evil agenda. Witches actually worship Satan here. Necromancy even happens, hey! So it's an adult re-do of a silly teen comic.In this version of Sabrina, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and illustrated by Robert Hack, the bewitching is darkly sexual, not just romantically bewitching, and yes, it is a version of campy, but is in fact more pulpy, more darkly sexual and bloody, a true horror comic. Not yet the switch from campy sixties Batman to The Dark Knight, but it is dark. I am not yet in love with Hack’s artwork here, but I’ll maybe read a bit more. I sometimes have to get used to the artwork or to a new artist in a series. I get what he is trying to do here, though. The idea is sixties comics, with a sketchy downgrade. I'd say 3.5, maybe, so far. I have yet to read any of the other new Archie comics (nor seen the tv shows), so have that to look forward to, I guess.
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  • Scott
    January 1, 1970
    This is my favorite new comic book series. As soon as I finished reading this trade, I wanted to go to the store and pick up the comics themselves and keep following this story.The series is true Sabrina: half-mortal teen witch torn between her family's magic and life in high school with her dreamy boyfriend Harvey. The only difference is that in this version, witches are proper fucking witches -- Satan worship, blood sacrifice, dancing naked under a Samhain moon, and a villainess returning from This is my favorite new comic book series. As soon as I finished reading this trade, I wanted to go to the store and pick up the comics themselves and keep following this story.The series is true Sabrina: half-mortal teen witch torn between her family's magic and life in high school with her dreamy boyfriend Harvey. The only difference is that in this version, witches are proper fucking witches -- Satan worship, blood sacrifice, dancing naked under a Samhain moon, and a villainess returning from Hell to literally rip off a young girl's face as a disguise and wreak some vengeance on the Spellmans.It's a dark and delicious twist on the wholesome teen drama of the Archie comics and television show. And the meticulous and nuanced art by first-timer Robert Hack is the perfect blend of creepy modern horror and 60's comic book.The most light and recognizable element other than milquetoast heartthrob Harvey is the divalicious talking cat Salem providing some sassy comic relief. The rest of this book will rip your Melissa Joan Hart out.
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  • Travis Duke
    January 1, 1970
    Damn this was good. I know very little about Sabrina and less about Archie but it doesn't matter they start you at square one. This is horror, no two ways about it, it has witches ripping off faces, necromancy, and lots of blood. Sabrina is a teenage witch who is about to turn 16 but any high school drama is bound to be evil. Sabrinas two Aunts raise her as she grows up and because her dad was a law breaking warlock and basically a jerk. The writer Aquirre-Sacasa does a flawless job at keeping y Damn this was good. I know very little about Sabrina and less about Archie but it doesn't matter they start you at square one. This is horror, no two ways about it, it has witches ripping off faces, necromancy, and lots of blood. Sabrina is a teenage witch who is about to turn 16 but any high school drama is bound to be evil. Sabrinas two Aunts raise her as she grows up and because her dad was a law breaking warlock and basically a jerk. The writer Aquirre-Sacasa does a flawless job at keeping you interested and creating a compelling story. The art has a 60's pulp vibe and it's a perfect match. They don't hold nothing back and it is freaky good.
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  • Kendall Moore
    January 1, 1970
    A radical reinvention of a classic character. Bursting with horror references galore and a tone that walks the line between disturbing & darkly humorous with an art style that pays homage to the classic horror comics of Creepy/Eerie. This has to be read to be believed.
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