Review of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Volume 1
CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, Volume 1, Six issue Trade
Author: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli
Cover: Robert Hack
Variant Cover: Andrew Pepoy
Sabrina Spellman is back. I’ve never read or watched Sabrina before this, and honestly, I don’t care. Whatever it was before doesn’t matter now–because Sabrina is back and her new adventures are blood-packed and disturbing. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has sent another hit from the Archie Horror department with the CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA. Along with the Archie and Jughead reboots, Sabrina’s story is being retold from the very beginning; specifically, Halloween of 1951. That night begins the life of Sabrina the witch, who owns a talking cat, whose mother went insane after she lost her only child to a group of witches, who floats while she sleeps, and who now confronts the decision to remain mortal or to be a full fledged witch at only sixteen.
Sabrina’s childhood was fairly normal for a witch. Having aunts who scare school bullies by becoming their worst nightmare and telepathy tantrums were every day procedures. Now, at her 16th birthday, Sabrina is at a crossroads. She can choose a mortal life with the boyfriend she slightly enchanted to
make him love her or become a witch. Around that point in her life Madam Satan shows up along with the revelation that Betty and Veronica are secretly witches.The concept fits.
Riverdale can’t be ageless on its own. Moving on, Madam Satan has a grudge against the Spellman family and plans to use the young witch’s emotional instability to take advantage of her to exact revenge. By the end of the book there are buckets of blood, heaps of horror and one screwed up witch. This first Sabrina book is full of promise. Archie Comics’ full reboot seems to be an all around success.