What's up with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina?


#1

So, I guess this topic is two fold. How many of you have read the reboot of Sabrina The Teenage Witch and what the hell is going on with this release schedule?

For those that don’t know, Archie comics has a horror imprint that currently consists of two comics: Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The first is a tale of zombies in Riverdale. It’s fine, it’s fun, but the really interesting thing was Sabrina. It managed to reinvent itself entirely, avoiding the nostalgia trap of Mellisa Joan Hart, and going into a direction that has been, frankly, great.

The comic has managed to tap a vein of gothic horror that, if you’ve been feeling tired of the cosmic brand that’s been getting it’s legs worked, feels refreshing. Robert Hack’s art feels pulp-y, harking back to when gothic horror was at it’s height in comic books. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s writing feels right on the nose, tone wise: never too dark, because the actions are dark enough. It never gets too gorey - always remaining at an acceptable level for devil worship.

The thing Chilling Adventures does so well is focus in on that core concept. Sabrina is a teenager, but she’s also a witch - she makes deals with Satan and the people in her life do as well. She’s not Puritan, because obviously, why would she be? But she’s still growing up and living with her Aunts. Her parents are gone.

The comic does a great job highlighting the general struggles of just growing up, but not without occasionally just going “You know this all silly, right?”

One of the biggest problems with this comic is it’s release schedule. This comic started in October of 2014 and it’s only up to issue 6. The projected release for the 7th issue is July.

So, for people who are on it, what do you think of the comic, what’s your thoughts, and does anyone have any information on why this release schedule is so long?


#2

I love this book. It’s creepy and weird, but still somehow a little sweet.

I think the various release schedule hiccups are related to some minor financial issues with Archie Comics in 2015 and 2016 and the fact that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is working on Riverdale for the CW right now.


#3

That’s exactly how I feel about it. It manages to pull off this weird tone that just works for the book.

I didn’t know that; about the Riverdale show and financial hiccups. Makes sense though. I hope a lot of the reinvention stuff has been paying off for them because they’ve been doing some really interesting things lately. The Archie reboot and the spin offs that have come off of it have been pretty fun all around, with a few stumbles though.


#4

I keep meaning to check this out - I love me some witches (apropos of witches, Scott Snyder’s Wytches and Margurite Bennet has some witch book based loosely on Macbeth coming out at some point I think, and MAN does that sound neat). If I remember right Sabrina’s parents are dead because they tried to get Sabrina out of the whole pledging your soul to the Dark One deal. I have the first couple issues but they’ve been so erratic I never went back and picked the rest of them up. I should probably do that.


#5

It was something my boyfriend and I saw at the comic shop, and we devoured it, I love the artwork and the tone overall. I don’t love the release schedule but (because of stuff like P5) that its fine if they delay it as long as it comes out