Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #7 – Review

It’s a long wait between issues in the Archie Horror line, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is no exception. If there is one rule in comics, it’s that if you’re going to make your readers wait, then it better be worth it. So far, Sabrina has been worth it, but it seems to moving very slow. Last issue promised the return of Sabrina’s father, this issue delivers his story.

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #7

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli
Cover: Robert Hack
Variant Cover: Moritat
On Sale Date: 7/5
40-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

Solicitation:

THE HORROR ADVENTURES OF SABRINA RETURN! Learn the haunting back story of Sabrina’s father, Edward Spellman.

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Review:

Normally, I would be averse to a comic coming out with such stretches between issues, but with this series, I don’t mind. If this were a monthly, then this would be the Sabrina that everyone knew. Instead this remains a different take on characters that remains a refreshingly different take on a theme. Edward Spellman’s story is very linear, and adequately shows his cunning rise to power. I was honestly fooled at one point and felt really bad for not seeing it coming. Sorry, to say any more would spoil it, and you deserve to see that little twist. The only weakness is that the characters have very few redeeming qualities, and our only tie to the protagonist of the series, Sabrina,  are Edward’s sisters Hilda and Zelda. Their redeeming quality is their loyalty to the coven and of the dark arts.

The artwork is some of Robert Hack’s best in the series. I simply love his renditions of the various demons. His characters seem much less referenced and more natural. I don’t mind reference, as long as it doesn’t look like reference. The colors remain gloriously muted, adding to the atmosphere of the story. Hack can also render the horrific without it seeming too gory. Overall, I dig this issue’s art maybe more than any other in this series.

Rating: 8.5 (out of 10)

I’m enjoying this series, and I don’t mind the wait between issues.