Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina #1 Review

Archie Comics keeps doing a better and better job of updating their line of comics. It all started with Afterlife With Archie. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina continues this trend of taking old characters and updating them. We’ve yet to see the two books crossover, but it’s beginning to look like a matter of time before it happens.

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Script: Roberto Aguirre Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli
Covers: Robert Hack with Steve Downer
On Sale Date: 7/29
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Solicitation:
There are some things in this world that mortal eyes should never witness — that’s a lesson poor Harvey Kinkle will learn the hard way, when he makes the unfortunate mistake of intruding on the darkest of ceremonies — an offense that the witches’ coven takes very seriously. Though Harvey’s life hangs in the balance, it is the Spellman family that will come face-to-face with true evil. Indeed, the choices made by teen-witch-in-training Sabrina on this dread night will determine the fate of every living soul in Greendale.

Preview:

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Review:
The story in the fourth issue of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina goes into a lot of flashback, but it completely gives us a view of how witch magic works in this new world. It also goes very deep into the horrific ramifications of becoming a witch. We even get cameos from Archie and the other kids from Riverdale, but the intrusion seems to weaken the story. We don’t need to be reminded that in this world, the kids from Riverdale are similar, but slightly different. Fortunately, the events of this story trigger the next story, which is a very good style of episodic writing. The ramifications of one story pave the way for the next.

The artwork retains the quality that has made the series appealing, but with the red blood being so harsh, it takes away from the storytelling which involves making people running through the woods tie together in a way that helps the story come across. Robert Hack is very adept at rendering horrific things, but I’m hoping that he keeps this kind of gore down to a minimum in future issues.

Overall, this is the weakest issue of this series so far, but that is not saying that it’s bad. While there are elements that are lacking, the ending is so strong that it completely locks me in for the fifth issue of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

However, Archie Comics, please stop putting the classic Sabrina the Teenage Witch stories in as a back-up. You ruin the atmosphere with them.