Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #5 Review
The delays in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Afterlife With Archie have been hard for fans of the Archie Horror Line to take. Fortunately, these delays are not accompanied with missed solicitations, just long breaks between the publishing of issues with most recently almost a year between issues. The long wait is over, and we see how this deadly situation for Sabrina Spellman is developing further.
Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli
Cover: Robert Hack
Variant Cover: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 5/18
32-page, full color comic
Sabrina has to face the Witches Council for an accusation of conspiring with a mortal against the Church of Night. It will take a series of unnatural tests to prove her innocence, but none of it will bring her beloved Harvey back. She’ll have to take matters into her own hands to find Harvey’s missing soul. Recruiting two other young witches (from a neighboring coven), Sabrina holds a séance, but as ever, Madame Satan is pulling the strings behind the scenes, and what Sabrina taps into is much more dangerous—and diabolical. And will send our beloved teen witch on an epic quest. For TEEN+ readers.
There seems to be a large leap in between this issue and the previous one. Sabrina seems to be an active participant in her life rather than someone that is forced to react to things happening to her and around her. That being said, I didn’t find it as enjoyable to see a more proactive Sabrina, but can appreciate the character development. The inclusion of Betty and Veronica as accomplices to Madam Satan was also a development that I can’t say that I enjoyed as well as I think it was intended. One aspect that is well done is the depiction of Alistair Crowley. All of his various aspects are touched upon, as if you investigate his life you see interesting aspects appear. All of these different elements do come to a satisfying payoff by the end of the story.
The art is what I’ve come to expect, and if the delays are the price to pay for consistent art, then I will will take that trade off, to a point. I don’t particularly think the younger characters come across as younger, and I get the feeling that Robert Hack is relying a little too heavily here on photo reference. That being said, it is consistently good, and doesn’t sacrifice storytelling for the sake of a cool shot. One look at the preview pages proves that.
I will continue to read this series, but will admit at this point that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is not for everyone.