Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Kelly Thompson (Uncanny X-Men) and artist Veronica Fish (Spider-Woman, Archie) team-up to tell the story of Sabrina Spellman.Sabrina is 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!

Sabrina the Teenage Witch Details

TitleSabrina the Teenage Witch
Author
ReleaseNov 20th, 2019
PublisherArchie Comics
ISBN-139781682558058
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Young Adult, Fantasy, Graphic Novels Comics, Paranormal, Witches

Sabrina the Teenage Witch Review

  • Kerri
    January 1, 1970
    4.5This reminded me of the Melissa Joan Hart version of Sabrina in many ways, (a good thing!) but it was also different enough that it felt fresh and original. A month or two ago I read Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, then watched the show -- I loved both, and really enjoy the darker take on Sabrina, but I have to say I really appreciated the lightness of this, the bright artwork with lots of colour, especially pinks and purples. This Sabrina is funny and a little awkward -- I liked her a lot. 4.5This reminded me of the Melissa Joan Hart version of Sabrina in many ways, (a good thing!) but it was also different enough that it felt fresh and original. A month or two ago I read Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, then watched the show -- I loved both, and really enjoy the darker take on Sabrina, but I have to say I really appreciated the lightness of this, the bright artwork with lots of colour, especially pinks and purples. This Sabrina is funny and a little awkward -- I liked her a lot. Salem is, as ever, cool and sassy, Harvey is sweet, the aunts are brilliant. Although this is a new story, in a lot of ways reading it felt quite nostalgic, reminding me constantly of my childhood love of Sabrina!I'll be keeping an eye out for the next installment.😺
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  • Artemis
    January 1, 1970
    I think I might be falling under the spell of Sabrina Spellman. Enough to maybe read some of her original Archie comics from the sixties, despite review warnings of how sexist and dated they are.'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' in 2019, as penned by Kelly Thompson, she of the usually mixed quality bag, isn't about Satanism, or anything particularly dark or "adult", or particularly light and fluffy for that matter. I'll just say that if you like witches, and you feel nostalgic for Sabrina in any one I think I might be falling under the spell of Sabrina Spellman. Enough to maybe read some of her original Archie comics from the sixties, despite review warnings of how sexist and dated they are.'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' in 2019, as penned by Kelly Thompson, she of the usually mixed quality bag, isn't about Satanism, or anything particularly dark or "adult", or particularly light and fluffy for that matter. I'll just say that if you like witches, and you feel nostalgic for Sabrina in any one of her incarnations, then you are sure to enjoy this. The constant stays to her character are thus: She's white, platinum blonde and pretty, and hetero; Salem, everyone's favourite cat familiar; Sabrina's aunts Hilda and Zelda; a Witches Council (containing, more often than not, the high witch Della/Enchantra); and love interest Harvey Kinkle.I don't think that Sabrina has ever been this introspective, self-aware, deductive, capable, brave, and full of independent agency (take note, 'Chilling Adventures'). She's still a messy teenage girl, who justly equates high school with hell and her peers with monsters. She makes mistakes, and is in a love triangle between two hot boys, but the direction it takes subverts expectations somewhat. One of its merits is that is criticises toxic masculinity. I can't believe I'm actually finding a love triangle interesting! It's not a main focus, at any rate, thank Circe. Sabrina can fix anything, and fight for anything, when she puts her mind to it. She's proactive! Magical powers aside, she is a relatable heroine worth rooting for. She's a damn cool teen in this comic. Salem is as quippy, sarcastic and funny as ever, and receives his moments in the fun spotlight too.And "fun" describes 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch (2019)' to a W, I, T, C, and H. It's modern magical fantasy witch action. It can be read by all ages - never mind its Teen rating. Its lovely, colourful artwork doesn't stray too much from the Archie aesthetic. How simultaneously sweet and soft, and dark and dramatic, it is!A few plot threads are a little uneven, rushed, muddled and confusing, but it's not a tragic case. A few characters could have used more panel time, especially Sabrina's new friend Jessa Chiang, who is fat, Asian, and LBGTQ, and who leans towards tokenism. At least the obligatory mean girl, Radka Ransom, a POC (her brother Ren is also one of Sabrina's love interests), is interesting and is given depth and intrigue. I love too that the comic's cover pays homage to 'Kiki's Delivery Service'. It fits so well, even though Sabrina never actually rides on a broom once in this volume.Regardless, she is like a Magical Girl in this reboot. Her changing her hair colour from white to blonde every morning is just the beginning (she learns to embrace and love herself for who she is at the end, no worries!). Also she wears a crescent moon necklace, and a dark hairband and lipstick. To add anything more about her accessories and arsenal would be spoilery.Final Score: 4/5
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This is the Sabrina I know and love! The story was really good and the art and colouring were perfect. The lettering was sometimes a little hard to read but I think that's because I read a digital copy on a tablet. Super fun!
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I kinda, sorta, totally love everything that Kelly Thompson does! This was, you guessed it, fun. I mean, what else can you say about Veronica Fish art and Kelly Thompson writing? True to the spirit of the character but also a new, fresh take that was enjoyable to read. Highly recommend.
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  • Stacey B.
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this!
  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this! It sits somewhere in a happy middle ground between soapy teen fantasy, like the original TV show, and more serious action like Chilling Adventures, leaning more towards the former. Tonally, it's very similar to early Buffy, which I think is a good fit for a modern take on Sabrina. Introducing a second boy interested in Sabrina besides Harvey raises the soap factor just a bit. Normally, I am not thrilled with love triangles, but I like the way Sabrina is handling it (she I really liked this! It sits somewhere in a happy middle ground between soapy teen fantasy, like the original TV show, and more serious action like Chilling Adventures, leaning more towards the former. Tonally, it's very similar to early Buffy, which I think is a good fit for a modern take on Sabrina. Introducing a second boy interested in Sabrina besides Harvey raises the soap factor just a bit. Normally, I am not thrilled with love triangles, but I like the way Sabrina is handling it (she likes both boys, but she's honest with them about that and won't stand around for them to outright fight over her).
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  • ♥ victoria [deathlypeonies]
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the story and I’m obsessed with the art
  • Terry Mcginnis
    January 1, 1970
    Let's get this out of the way first: I am among the crowd of individuals who were extremely upset when Chilling Adventures of Sabrina never returned, never completed its story arc, and will probably never be resumed. Fans were left with a dangling cliffhanger and a subpar Netflix adaptation that seemed like something straight from the CW. Flash forward to this reboot. I went in with negative feelings and very low expectations. Well, after breezing through the first volume, I am happy to report Let's get this out of the way first: I am among the crowd of individuals who were extremely upset when Chilling Adventures of Sabrina never returned, never completed its story arc, and will probably never be resumed. Fans were left with a dangling cliffhanger and a subpar Netflix adaptation that seemed like something straight from the CW. Flash forward to this reboot. I went in with negative feelings and very low expectations. Well, after breezing through the first volume, I am happy to report that fans do have something to mildly rejoice about. This series is very fast-paced, well-written, drawn well, and just plain fun. The horror and despair from Adventures are missing, but this has its own style and true fans of Sabrina will find a lot to like. I'm anxiously awaiting volume 2, and looking forward to catching up with the cast of the main Archie title as I hear Sabrina has joined them! If you're still looking for true horror from Archie, please check out Jughead: The Hunger, Vampironica, and the crossover with those two titles, and even Archie vs. Predator II! However, if you're only interested in Sabrina, and was upset that Adventures ended prematurely, you won't be disappointed by this reboot. Highly recommended for fans, old and new!
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  • Diamond
    January 1, 1970
    i haven’t read a graphic novel that good in a long long time!! when’s the next one coming out?! here’s a list of takeaways love the artwork how they modernized sabrina the balance of dark and levity (which is difficult to balance)seeing the new sabrina tv show shows us when you go really dark with her, it works, yet it’s hard to bring that levity back).. so i think this book is probably one of the best instances where Sabrina is portrayed with a good balance of levity and darkness. even tho some i haven’t read a graphic novel that good in a long long time!! when’s the next one coming out?! here’s a list of takeaways love the artwork how they modernized sabrina the balance of dark and levity (which is difficult to balance)seeing the new sabrina tv show shows us when you go really dark with her, it works, yet it’s hard to bring that levity back).. so i think this book is probably one of the best instances where Sabrina is portrayed with a good balance of levity and darkness. even tho some could argue the shows intention was pure levity but i think that levity had some harmful stereotypes of witches and i think by “modernizing sabrina” we gotta make it more intersectional. so with this book you get a bit of that with the siblings. won’t go further to avoid any spoilers :)
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  • Simon
    January 1, 1970
    A colorful, fun(ny), and adventure-filled take on Sabrina, like an amalgam of all the best iterations of the character. It manages to deliver a very YA spin while feeling nostalgic for the older sitcom as well as turning the formula into something compelling by introducing actual elements of danger and magic use that isn't restricted to hair-colouring spells. I'd call this superior to the okay but way too tryhard Chilling Adventures book.
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  • Cecilia
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 I really loved this volume!
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I hope we see more of the aunts in future issues. And Salem is the BEST.
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Fun & Charming and a perfect October read! read as single issues. I am super stoked that there will be more of Sabrina the Teenage Witch from this creative team because they KILLED IT in this arc! (All of the characters were great, but I especially loved Salem!) Also, the life advice of "you know someone is mean if they have RAD in their name" (paraphrased ;) is going to stick with me forever.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Ahhhh fav writer + artist! Pick this one up if you love seeing Sabrina being her best without too much boy drama, a Scooby Doo story, and color that deserves to be hung on your wall.
  • Miri
    January 1, 1970
    Liked it a lot! Has a very 2000s tv Sabrina vibe
  • Chris Joynson
    January 1, 1970
    Picked this up on a whim and so glad I did. It's a lot of fun, nice artwork, good characters and a fun mix of witty banter, magic and monster. Definitely looking forward to more!
  • Nea
    January 1, 1970
    A quick entertaining read! I loved this comics! The art, the history, Salem! looking forward to read more A quick entertaining read! I loved this comics! The art, the history, Salem!👌🏻 looking forward to read more
  • Logan Brown
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really great mix of the 90s sitcom with a dash of darker tones. I’m excited for more!
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    1) Ren’s cute... choose Harvey.2) What a cliffhanger!3) Frames her like a superhero, fighting bad guys. I guess she always has been, but there was physical kicking bad guy ass reminiscent of avengers going down here. Bad ass! 4) Love how feminist Sabrina is, and her confidence. She had both Harvey and Ren fighting over her, all she had to do was choose one, and instead she’s just like, “teenage drama? I’ve got bigger problems.” And left them standing there. The empowerment of her decision, like 1) Ren’s cute... choose Harvey.2) What a cliffhanger!3) Frames her like a superhero, fighting bad guys. I guess she always has been, but there was physical kicking bad guy ass reminiscent of avengers going down here. Bad ass! 4) Love how feminist Sabrina is, and her confidence. She had both Harvey and Ren fighting over her, all she had to do was choose one, and instead she’s just like, “teenage drama? 🙄 I’ve got bigger problems.” And left them standing there. The empowerment of her decision, like yeah I could choose, but I don’t even want to right now so you boys figure it out. She didn’t feel bad, didn’t explain, and didn’t apologize. Even when Harvey came to apologize, she just told him the straight up truth, she likes both boys and knows neither very well so she needs to get to know them better. It was great.
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  • Marta
    January 1, 1970
    (The following might be considered spoilers. It's vague but sorry anyway!) A cat. A cat that speaks. Salem, Salem speaks. Salem is sarcastic and hilarious! I don't think I'm expressing how much I love him. Besides that, there are beautiful illustrations with impressive colours, romance, different sexual orientations which are not the main characteristic of the person (important!), attractive siblings, mean girls and a good those of rivalries. Is there anything I don't like about this?!I want, (The following might be considered spoilers. It's vague but sorry anyway!) A cat. A cat that speaks. Salem, Salem speaks. Salem is sarcastic and hilarious! I don't think I'm expressing how much I love him. Besides that, there are beautiful illustrations with impressive colours, romance, different sexual orientations which are not the main characteristic of the person (important!), attractive siblings, mean girls and a good those of rivalries. Is there anything I don't like about this?!I want, allow me to rephrase, I NEED more!!!P.S. Absolute favourite quote: "I'm getting whiplash from moving so quickly from horror to mean girls to hot teenage fantasy. My life needs to pick a genre already."
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  • Kait
    January 1, 1970
    I adored this book! from the creative color-work to the character designs, it is visually stunning. Plot-wise, I felt that the spirit of Sabrina's cheeky-high school antics were not squashed by the heavier magickal elements, which I am thankful for. While the end 'twist' wasn't the world's most surprising, it was definitely satisfying seeing the plot threads tie together at a head. And don't even get me started on Sabrina's 'suit-up' scene with the magickal artifacts! Salem with wings? hell I adored this book! from the creative color-work to the character designs, it is visually stunning. Plot-wise, I felt that the spirit of Sabrina's cheeky-high school antics were not squashed by the heavier magickal elements, which I am thankful for. While the end 'twist' wasn't the world's most surprising, it was definitely satisfying seeing the plot threads tie together at a head. And don't even get me started on Sabrina's 'suit-up' scene with the magickal artifacts! Salem with wings? hell yeah! Overall, all easy read, but definitely a fun one. I can't wait for volume two!
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    Perhaps an odd choice to read this and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible back to back, but it made for interesting comparison. Overall, I really liked the comparatively lighter tone of this one and got a good feel for Sabrina as a person. Sort of getting a strong Buffy vibe from the whole thing – in the best way.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    I was so worried about how they would portray Sabrina before going into this but I must say that Thompson and Fish absolutely nailed it! A modernized version of the Sabrina that we all know and love, with a gritter edge and an intriguing love triangle. Absolutely stunning art and colouring by Fish, who remains one of my favourite comic book artists to date.
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  • Quinn
    January 1, 1970
    This was a nice contrast to the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (both the show and the comic series), and I really enjoyed reading it! I've always been a fan of Archie Comics and this had the feeling of that time, as well as the live action TV show of my childhood. The art is lovely, the characters lovable, and I hope this continues!
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  • Iman O
    January 1, 1970
    If the colors and the illustration have enchanted me, I am sorry to say that the rest felt extremely underwhelming... The story was messy and rushed, it was weirdly paced and the plot relayed a lot on overused tropes.
  • Stephanie Cooke
    January 1, 1970
    Love, love, love what the entire creative team did with this amazing Sabrina refresh. Thompson is so very clearly a longtime fan of Sabrina and pulls inspiration from so many of her past incarnations.Truly a magical way to kick off my 2020 reading challenge.
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  • DJ
    January 1, 1970
    While I'm no stranger to Sabrina, this is the first time I've ever read a comic version of the character and I absolutely loved it! The art and writing feel fresh and modern, and I love how quickly the world and characters are established.
  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This is a good Sabrina run. And it isnt over!! It is a good blend of 90s Sabrina (well with the mistaken spells and occasional clumsy moments) mixed with magic that doesn't feel wholesome. It is a good storyline too! I have a feeling a lot of Thompson books are going to be on my best of list.
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  • Eli
    January 1, 1970
    The parts with Sabrina were pretty good, but I still hate everything about Archie, which tied into the bonus side issue.
  • Micah
    January 1, 1970
    Can't go wrong with Sabrina and the illustrators from Archie make it enjoyable to read.
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