The reader gets a little look into the life of our favorite teenage witch and it is darker than expected in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1.
Sabrina’s father, Edward Spellman, broke tradition, married and had a baby with a mortal women named Diana. That baby was Sabrina Spellman and Diana was able to spend one year with her baby before Sabrina was taken away.
However, on the night Sabrina would be taken from Diana she ran away with Sabrina. Edward and the rest of the coven of witches easily found her. Diana asked for one more year with her baby, but she was denied. As a last resort Diana threatened to expose Edward and the coven as witches. Edward decided to lock Diana away in a mental hospital and took away her sanity to make sure she stayed there.
Sabrina grew up being raised by her aunts after her father left one day and never came back. She attended a witch school, but was bullied for being a half-breed witch. Her aunts, Hilda and Zelda, decided to move to Greendale which is near Riverdale. She eventually was enrolled in a public high school.
The public school was just as hard for her as it would be for any normal girl, but she fell in love and things were starting to look good for her. However, two young Riverdale witches named Betty and Veronica accidently raised a women from the dead. This woman’s name is Iola and she was the ex-lover of Edward.
Edward broke up with Iola in order to marry and have a child with Diana. After the break-up Iola killed herself. Once resurrected Iola made it her plan to destroy Edward and Sabrina. Iola slowly infiltrates Sabrina’s life and begins her revenge on Sabrina without Sabrina knowing it was her.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1 is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with art by Roberto Hack. Archie Horror published the volume in 2016.
After reading Afterlife With Archie I was really in the mood for more Archie Horror. This has a much different tone than Afterlife With Archie had. This is set in a horror world rather than a horror event happening in a normal world.
This is just an amazing series which is so dark and disturbing. In all the darkness there is this shining light of goodness and purity that is Sabrina. She is first and foremost a 15-year-old girl who struggles with who she is and who she wants to become.
Art in this was amazing and just perfect for this series. Hack has a pulp style which is perfect for a universe as old as Archie, but everything is clean and readable. The art made me feel like this could have been some book I found in my grandparents attic collecting dust. It made it even spookier like I shouldn’t be reading this and was hidden away for a reason.
The volume is a little slow paced, but I was always engaged by the story and was never bored by any of it. However, I feel like if I was more into Archie I would have gotten more out of the characters. This ties into the Archie universe, but I only recognized the most well known characters. That is my fault and not the comic’s however.
After reading two comics set in the Archie Horror universe which I loved I plan on reading more Archie Horror comics, more Archie comics in general and definitely reading more of Aguirre-Sacasa’s work. This Archie Horror stuff truly is a hidden treasure which I am sharing with everyone I can.