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4LN Comic Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #4

Series: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artwork: Robert Hack
Page Count: 35
Price: $3.99

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Summary from Comixology: “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…”

Whenever this book is in my box, I become extremely excited, and I never thought I would ever say that about a Sabrina book. But this is, hands down, one of the best books coming out. My pull consists of Marvel, DC, Image, and Archie. Out of all four publications, this book is easily my second favorite being published (Batman has the first spot). What’s great about this series is, the first issue came out last October, and each issue has been just as good (if not better than) the previous issues. We are only four issue into the series, and it’s been longer than four months, so the release schedule is a little wack. (But, luckily, it’s not as bad as Hawkeye was, and hopefully it never will be.) The writer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is the Chief Creative Officer at Archie Comics, so that explains why the book comes out so sporadically. I can imagine being the CCO for Archie Comics doesn’t leave a lot of time to write. But, when he does find the time, he knocks it out of the park and every issue feels like a grand slam.

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The feel of the book is very much classic horror, with a bit of disturbing content thrown in for fun. I am not a fan of horror but I’ve been on a witches kick lately (Salem, Wytches, and Sabrina), so who knows, maybe witches will become the new vampires. (I for one welcome our new witch overlords.) I mention “classic horror” because Robert Hack does an AMAZING job capturing the feel of the 1960’s and giving it a solid horror twist. The book opens with Sabrina’s love Harvey Kinkle running in the woods, as he is chased by the Coven. There were a few really eerie moments in this book that left me a little uncomfortable. Besides the momentary discomfort cause by general creepiness, we also get a glimpse into what could have been, which makes the story even more painful. It’s not all bad however. We get a guess appearance from Riverdale High School, which includes Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead. Although, Betty and Veronica are the only ones who the issue focuses in on. We also get a nice throwback to issue #1, that answers a couple questions.

If you haven’t been reading Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, you’re really missing out. If you are a fan of horror, this is a book you MUST read. It will not let you down, and it will leave you on the edge of your seat. Sabrina faces some of the most challenging moments during her ceremony with the Dark Lord, she witnesses scenes that will haunt her to the core, and she will have to lie for the rest of her life to protect the ones she loves. The outcome of said events will determine the fate of every living soul in Greendale, so this is not a comic you want to sit on. Hurry and run to your local comic shop and get all four issues of Sabrina before it’s too late!

Music Paring:
For this issue, I can’t think of anyone better than Alkaline Trio to completely capture the feel and tone of this book. Pop-Punk with a dash of emo, and horror themes makes them perfect for the soundtrack to this book. Jam the song You’re Dead while you read.

4LN Comic Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2

Series: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artist: Robert Hack

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Summary from Comixology: “On the eve of Sabrina’s sixteenth birthday, she faces a choice that will determine her destiny as a half-witch/half-mortal, an unspeakable terror arrives in Greendale, and her name is… MADAM SATAN! At long last, the secret history of the Queen of Hell is revealed, and she sets her vengeful gaze upon the SPELLMAN family. No one, especially those close to Sabrina, is safe, and very, very soon, the quiet streets of Greendale will run red with blood…”

Overview:
I was REALLY excited to see this book on the shelf when I hit up my LCS this morning to get my books. I was actually a little caught off guard when I saw the book. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1  came out the first part of October, and we are just now getting issue #2. I at first thought that this was a reprint, or my shop finally got more copies in. I was really surprised that it’s been so long since the first issue came out, but I am super glad I picked up the second issue. It was creepy as hell. And that’s an understatement.

Highs:
As I said, this book was creepy as hell. It is not the Archie/Sabrina book you remember. There were a lot of things that really caught me off guard, I wasn’t expecting so much nudity. The first page has a women buttocks in 3 panels, and shows her breast, with hair covering the nipples. Now, this sounds explicit, but it adds to the story and this is not used to sexualize the women, but rather show her as a raw evil beast, since she is Madam Satan. This issue isn’t as much about Sabrina, but rather Madam Satan, Sabrina’s fathers previous lover. At one point a character is graphically ripped apart by lions and later scene hanging from chains “… in that particular circle of hell reserved for suicides…” I was very surprised to see that book, as graphic as it is, was rated Teen+. I have seen Punisher MAX comics less graphic then this book was.

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Lows:
The art work by Robert Hack is great, and I also find it funny someone with the last name Hack is working on a horror book. As great as his art was, there are a couple panels on the page where the characters look to have “derp face” and/or cross-eyed. It was a bit distracting to see a horror story where the characters faces are so unique. With Madam Satan, it makes sense for her eyes to be messed up since her face is ripped off, but other characters such as Sabrina and Diana’s eyes are a bit wild. The only other “low” I can think of is, the book has one hell of a whack release schedule. Issue #1 came out in October of 2014, and issue #2 came out April of 2015. Is this a bi-annual book, or just released when it’s ready? (If anyone knows, please comment below and we’ll update with a release schedule for the book.)

The Final Say:
This IS a book you want to be reading. It’s full of horror and graphic images. It’ll make your skin crawl, and it will leave you waiting and wanting more. It’s a solid 4 out of 5 so you really need to go out and pick up issue #1 (If you can find it!) and issue #2, because you will not want to sleep on this title.

Music Pairing:
Madam Hell is pissed and hated/hates life because of what Edward has done to her. She wants to make the world suffer. She wants to make Sabrina and company suffer. Madam Hell has the mentality of “Fuck this life,” so that’s why its the perfect read for the crust punk band Young And In The Way. Specifically their opener for their latest album When Life Comes To Death, feel evil and jam “Fuck This Life” while you read this book.