Volume 4, Issue 45!
“The Scariest Book You’re Not Reading”
It’s nearly Halloween, which means it’s time to bust out the best spooky stuff you can watch, hear, and read. And while there’s a lot of cool horror comic books that you can check out this October 31st, there’s one horror comic that’s being overshadowed by all of the Wytches, Providence, and Walking Dead issues that are on the racks. And that book is going to be a surprise. What is it? A book starring the former TGIF star Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
Since its debut last year, Archie’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been a phenomenal series that also chills you to the bone. Written by comic veteran Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and featuring art by Robert Hack, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a dark take on the classic Archie character that’s been around for decades. A thematic spin off of Afterlife With Archie, Sabrina finds the titular teenage witch in the 1960’s struggling with high school, boys, and the fact that a vengeful witch is looking for revenge on Sabrina and her family after being spurned by Sabrina’s father decades ago.
Aguirre-Sacasa’s script perfectly encapsulates that creepy feeling you get when you watch a horror movie, walk through a haunted attraction, or wake up in the middle of the night from a terrible nightmare. There’s a great sense of dread and unease that is consistently revved up throughout the pages of the series, and that only intensifies as you watch Sabrina continue to do things that will endanger her family and friends. Add in Robert Hack’s expertly spooky art that evokes horror classics like Halloween and Rosemary’s Baby and you’ve got one of the scariest comics on the stands.
Believe me, no one’s more surprised than I am to be suggesting a comic starring Sabrina to you, but Aguirre-Sacasa’s series is so darkly genius that it’s like getting a monthly dose of Halloween every issue. The only problem is that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has a VERY loose shipping schedule. Since its release in October of last year, only four issues have been released. Much of this is due to Aguirre-Sacasa’s very busy schedule, as he writes not only Afterlife With Archie, but is also in charge of bringing Archie’s pals to the small screen with Riverdale. It’s a shame that this awesome series isn’t put out on a monthly basis for everyone to enjoy, but this is a series that has consistently been worth the wait. Regardless, if you’re looking for something spooky to read this October 31st, seek out Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Despite what you may think, it’s a chilling comic book that deserves a larger audience.