Written by: Matt Molgaard
Archie Comics does it yet again. Perhaps I should say Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has done it again, as the man continues to make the world of Archie wildly entertaining once more. The first issue of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina echoes the brilliance of the ongoing Afterlife with Archie series, although we’ve got an obviously different protagonist to focus on. And Sabrina, for the record, is a damn compelling character.
Robert Hack’s superb artwork doesn’t hurt the cause as we get a full and aesthetically stimulating introduction to this polarizing young witch. The story tracks Sabrina’s early years, her troubles growing up as a witch and her eventual relocation from Westbridge, Massachusetts to Greendale, which appears to be a neighboring town to the home town we’ve all come to know: Riverdale. Sabrina’s issues aren’t typical, but they’re rooted in the same conflicts the typical teenager faces… things just tend to get a bit darker in this world.
This is an excellent read that’s going to sit well with fans of Afterlife with Archie. The tone is there. The artwork is haunting. The realism within the characters remains intact. And the vintage vibe of the book as a whole won’t disappoint long time Archie fanatics.
If you’re looking for another standout graphic novel/comic, we’re being gifted something special right now, and you’d be wise to climb on board early, before catch up is required. Another masterful piece from Archie Comics, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is all but guaranteed to win the masses over within just one single issue!