Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible

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“On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda.”

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Back around Halloween I watched the Netflix show’s version of this and loved it. I also enjoyed their Christmas special, and am eagerly awaiting season 2’s release in April. So how do I get my fix until then? Why, by reading the source material, of course. πŸ˜‰

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If you remember those wholesome Archie comics (or even the 90’s TV show) of old you’re likely to be shocked by the element of horror and praises of Satan in this much darker incarnation of Sabrina brought to you by Archie Horror, a more horror-centric branch of the Archie comics. We’re talking necromancy, witch orgies, cannibalism, etc.

I didn’t initially plan to compare the new Netflix version with the comic version, but seeing as so many people have already seen the show, it seems like a good baseline to go off of, so here we are. πŸ˜› There are definitely a lot of similarities between the two, but there are also some pretty damn big differences. Let me start by saying that I did really enjoy the comic, BUT . . . I did enjoy the characters more in the Netflix show. I think they had so much more personality, diversity, and charm. (Except maybe Salem. He talks in this comic, he’s snarky and also a caring companion for Sabrina. I loved Salem in this comic and thought he made a great familiar to our young teenage witch.)

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“. . . Beer . . . I miss beer . . .”

Now, seeing as that the comic came before the show, I think it only fair not to dwell on the show that came after it for too long, so we’ll just move right along onto the comic itself. This artwork had me swooning with nostalgia. As a kid, I loved any chance I got to read my dad or grandparents’ collection of old vintage horror comics. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina takes place in the 1960’s (with flashbacks of the 1950’s) and the artwork does a nice job of reflecting what comics looked like at that point. The colors, the art itself, it was all great in my opinion. Adding to the nostalgic feel, are some Rosemary’s Baby and other vintage spooky film overtones.

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The end to the first volume leaves off on quite the cliffhanger, so you’re likely to be left with your fingers twitching for volume 2. I know I am. I’d give it 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed it, I just wish the characters had a little more personality like they do in the current show. It was a really solid introductory volume and there were a couple moments that genuinely surprised me.

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17 thoughts on “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible”

  1. Great review! Loving the art style too, I do remember watching a few episodes of the original TV show in the 90’s in all its cheesy glory… pretty entertaining, though the new show sounds a lot more like something I’d enjoy, oh and we both have a cat named Salem! πŸ™‚

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      1. Thank you for the recommendation! I saw your comment previously but hadn’t gotten a chance to write you back yet, but I heeded your advice and obtained the first 2 volumes (3 is being ordered!) πŸ˜€ It looks awesome. Can’t wait to read them. Thanks for the suggestion!! πŸ™‚

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      2. Ooh cool! I hope you enjoy them (I love ’em!) I’d be definitely interested in your opinion on them (or a review maybe!?) once you’ve read them. πŸ™‚ I hope you’re staying nice and warm, I’ve seen on the news the crazy weather you are experiencing at the moment, so stay safe my friend. πŸ™‚

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  2. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina kind of comes across as a rough precursor to Riverdale. I find it interesting how two gritty reimagined stories based off of wholesome comics end up being successful; usually, the attempts are laughable, it seems.

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    1. Yeah, I agree, it is quite the surprise that 2 stories from such innocent beginnings have wound up going a darker/more mature route and done so well. I can’t wait for season 2 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. πŸ™‚

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  3. Beer, I miss beer haha. I like that. I used to have a T-shirt that mum made me that just said BEER on it. It was my favourite T-shirt ever! Can’t say I’ve ever watched Sabrina. However, I might give it a go with the middle and eldest daughters. They might like it.

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    1. Yeah, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is fun and on Netflix but it’s also dark so as long as your kids are cool with that kind of stuff they might like it. πŸ™‚ If you guys give it a go hopefully you’ll enjoy it, too! πŸ˜€

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