As with a lot of kids who grew up in the 90s in the UK, my first encounter with Sabrina The Teenage Witch was the popular TV sitcom. It was only later that I learnt that she began life as an Archie comic book character in 1962.
I’ll confess to not having had much contact with Sabrina since until she popped up in Afterlife With Archie, the new horror comic series written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and drawn by Francesco Francavilla. I have had incredibly little contact with Archie Comics in general, but after trying out Afterlife I was blown away. It’s an incredibly creepy tale that works fantastically with no knowledge of the original characters needed. Thanks to the success of it, Archie are now going to release a new Sabrina comic with the same spooky tone.
For the full details you can check out the USA Today article here where there are a few interesting nuggets of information. It’d be easy to think that the series was being done as a gimmick but taking a read at what Robert Hack, upcoming artist of the series, has said it’s clear this is being created with a lot of care. It’s going to be a completely serious series that doesn’t hold back on the horror and full potential, apparently it’s scarier than Afterlife too with psychological and spiritual threats. Interestingly it’s not set in modern day but is actually going to take place back in the 60s and Sabrina’s powers are going to be a secret from her friends, unlike in Afterlife.
Overall it sounds like it could be a pretty awesome series. With a lot of kids who watched the Sabrina show now in their twenties and beyond, there’s an opportunity to draw them in, reaching beyond the usual comic book crowd. It’s also pretty great for fans of the character in general as she’s had a massively reduced comic book presence in the last few years.
I’d have never guessed it if you asked me before Afterlife, but this could be the start of Archie becoming a new home for horror comics in general.
The new Sabrina series starts in October so there’s still plenty of time to get those pre-orders in. I imagine issue one is going to sell out pretty quickly.