Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art by Robert Hack, Jack Morelli
Published by Archie Comics
Release Date: October 8, 2014

Sabrina The Teenage Witch gets the Afterlife With Archie treatment as Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack craft a dark and eerie world that horror fans will devour and love.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa flips Sabrina’s world on its ear, and Afterlife With Archie will be very happy with what they find her. This is a very dark take on Sabrina’s story, and if Afterlife With Archie wasn’t your bag, I’d be solid money this won’t be either. Aguirre-Sacasa builds a tragic back story for young Sabrina, setting up her life as a witch in a very different manner than you have ever seen. Aguirre-Sacasa keeps the creepy flowing throughout the issue, with darkness lurking around every corner. I keep coming back to the word “dark”, but that’s really the permeating feeling through the issue. This is a serious, brooding comic that is downright creepy. Aguirre-Sacasa keeps the tone of this comic very consistent from start to finish, building a base for this series to build from and I have a feeling it will do quite well based on this beginning. While horror is not typically my bag, I can appreciate the twist Aguirre-Sacasa spins on Sabrina with this one.

Robert Hack’s style sets the tone for the issue very well. He pencils the macabre elements of the comic well, evoking the feeling that at any time, Hell could literally erupt in the pages of this comic. His art is consistent in its creepiness, the eerie tone I mentioned earlier ever present in his artwork. More so than his pencils, his colour work is what impressed me. The colour work is exceptional, giving this comic a great horror feel on every single page. Hack and Aguirre-Sacasa work well together to create a unified story that is breaking new ground for Sabrina in the exact same way Afterlife has for Archie.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 is a solid start to a dark take on this character. Fans of Afterlife With Archie should dive in feet first, and I’m guessing they will be very happy. While I wasn’t floored by any specific moments in the issue, I will admit that the eeriness stayed with me well after reading. You’ve never read Sabrina like this, that’s for sure.

The Verdict: 7.0/10


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