Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is an American comic book published by Archie Horror , an imprint of Archie Comics , beginning in 2014, focusing on Sabrina Spellman during her teenage years in the 1960s. It is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa , with art by Robert Hack , and is inspired by the appearances of Sabrina in Aguirre-Sacasa’s other Archie series, Afterlife with Archie .

Publication history

Due to the positive reception of issue # 6 of Afterlife with Archie , which centered on Sabrina, a solo series starring was announced in June 2014. [1] [2] It was released in October 2014. The series went on six- month hiatus before returning in April 2015 with issue # 2 under the new Archie Horror imprint which it shares with its companion series, Afterlife with Archie . [3]

The two series share several characters, they are each set in their own reality and are not directly related to each other.

Story arcs

Volume 1: The Crucible (Issues 1 – 5)

Set during the 1960s, Sabrina lives with her aunts, Hilda , and Zelda , as well as Ambrose cousin, in the town of Greendale. Nearing her sixteenth birthday she must go to witch or become mortal forever. Madam Satan, to form a flame of her deceased father, has returned from Hell and wants to revenge on the Spellman family. [4] [5]

Volume 2: That Damned Cat / Witch-War (Issues 6 -)

The events of the first bow have come to a head. Sabrina’s father, Edward Spellman, is back among the living inhabiting the body of Harvey Kinkle. With Madame Satan’s master plan finally revealed will Sabrina’s aunts be able to keep Sabrina safe and what lengths will they go to in order to protect her? [6]

List of characters

Main characters

  • Sabrina Spellman is a teenage witch who lives in Greendale with her Aunts and cousin Ambrose. When she was one year old she was taken by her Aunts to live with them and has not seen her father since the age of six. She is dating Harvey Kinkle who is unaware that she is a witch. [3] [7]
  • Hilda Spellman is Sabrina’s aunt and caregiver.
  • Zelda Spellman is Sabrina’s aunt and caregiver.
  • Madam Satan , formerly known as Iola, was the girlfriend of Edward Spellman before he broke up with her for Diana. Heartbroken that he thing mortal over her she committed suicide by throwing herself to the zoo’s lion pen where they devoured her alive. However, she found herself in the pits of Gehenna , a place of hell for suicides where she remained faceless until she was released by two witches from Riverdale. After gaining a new face, she burns Edward who was trapped in a tree and clears Diana’s mind out of revenge. She then makes her way to Greendale where she settles under the alias of Evangeline Porter, a teacher at Baxter Senior High School to be able to monitor Sabrina. [3]
  • Ambrose is Sabrina’s cousin from the Old Country as well as a witch. He comes to live with Sabrina and her aunts after being revealed to be witch where he was from. He has two pet snakes named Nag and Nagaina, who are really humans who have been turned into snakes as punishment for murder. They are also Ambrose’s familiars .
  • Harvey Kinkle is Sabrina’s boyfriend who is waiting for Baxter Senior High School with Sabrina. He is unaware that Sabrina and her aunts are witches. He also plays for the school’s football team. He would later be killed by the witch council. His body was later resurrected but instead of Harvey, Sabrina’s father took Harvey’s body. Sabrina is unaware her father is now Harvey.
  • Salem is Sabrina’s pet cat. He is actually a human being namedafterthe witches of Salem, Massachusetts after being impregnated to a witch named Abigail and refusing to marry her. At some point as a cat, he attempted to enact the Book of Revelation.

Other characters

  • Edward Theodore Spellman is a witch who is the father of Sabrina and brother to Hilda and Zelda. He was married to Diana Sawyer, a mortal, whom he broke witch-law to marry. Sometime around Sabrina’s Sixth Birthday he was trapped in a tree. When Madam Satan found him trapped in the tree, she began to resurrect him before deciding to summon hellfire on the tree. Edward later came back to Madam Satan, Betty, Veronica, and Sabrina trying to bring Harvey back to life [8]
  • Diana Sawyer is the mother of Sabrina who was sent to the Hearthstone Clinic for the Mentally Unwell after her husband, Edward, turned her insane afterward to give up her daughter to her sisters. She eventually regains her mind after receiving clarity from Madam Satan. However, Madam Satan made sure that she would never be able to convince the doctors to let her leave the clinic. [8]
  • Rosalind “Roz” is a student at Baxter Senior High School.

Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge make minor appearances in issue # 2 (April 2015) as young witches from Riverdale who were trying to summon a succubus to help them settle a blood-rivalry but instead accidentally summoned Madam Satan from Gehenna. They return in issue # 4 as part of a Riverdale High-led search party after Harvey Kinkle goes missing.

Reception

The first two issues sold out. [9] [10] Comic Book Resources called it “a surprisingly successful little horror sub-imprint” and “that Aguirre-Sacasa and Hack have created a horror comic that would work well if it was not attached to the iconic ‘Sabrina . ‘” [11] while The Mary Sue said it was” a refreshing change of pace for a story we all think we know already. ” [12] IGN gave the first issue an 8.9 out of 10 calling it “something that fans of Afterlife and horror in general will be more of by issue’s end.” [13] Comics Allianceit’s a pretty incredible accomplishment “saying that” we’re getting some fantastic horror comics on the booths, Sabrina might be the best of the bunch. ” [14]

Television series

In September 2017, it was reported that a live-action television series was developed for the CW by Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions , with a planned release in the 2018-2019 television season . Based on the comic series, featuring the Archie Comics character Sabrina the Teenage Witch , the series would be a companion series to Riverdale . Lee Toland Krieger will direct the pilot, which will be written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa . Both are executive producers along with Greg Berlanti , Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater. [15]In December 2017, the project had moved to Netflix under a new title. Two seasons, including ten episodes each, have been ordered by the streaming service. [16] In January 2018, it was announced that Kiernan Shipka has signed on to the lead role of Sabrina Spellman . [17]

References

  1. Jump up^ Logsdon, Mike (July 23, 2014). “Afterlife with Archie # 6 Review” . au.ign.com . IGN Australia . Retrieved July 24, 2015 .
  2. Jump up^ Nadler, Lonnie (June 3, 2014). “Archie Comics Reveals” Sabrina “Horror Series!” . bloody-disgusting.com . Retrieved July 24, 2015 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:c Schedeen Jesse (April 15, 2015). “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina # 2 Review” . au.ign.com . IGN Australia . Retrieved July 24,2015 .
  4. Jump up^ “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina # 1 – comics by comiXology” . comixology.com . comiXology . Retrieved July 24, 2015 .
  5. Jump up^ Pikahyper (May 26, 2014). “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina # 3” . Comicvine.com . Retrieved July 24, 2015 .
  6. Jump up^ Cacace, Ron. ” ” Witch-War “begins in SABRINA # 7 as issue # 5 goes back to print and # 6 gets new release date, more pages” . archiehorror.com . Archie Horror . Retrieved September 9, 2016 .
  7. Jump up^ Chilling Adventures of Sabrina # 1, October 2014
  8. ^ Jump up to:b Chilling Adventures of Sabrina # 1 and # 2 , April-May 2015
  9. Jump up^ ronc (October 20, 2014). “CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA # 1 SELLS OUT, 2ND PRINTING ANNOUNCED” . archiecomics.com . Archie comics . Retrieved July 24, 2015 .
  10. Jump up^ Burlingame, Russ (April 23, 2015). “EXCLUSIVE: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina # 2 Sells Out, Reprint Coming With New Cover in May” . comicbook.com . Retrieved July 24, 2015 .
  11. Jump up^ McElhatton, Gregory (April 16, 2015). “CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA # 2” . comicbookresources.com . Comic Book Resources . Retrieved July 24, 2015 .
  12. Jump up^ McNally, Victoria (October 6, 2014). “Review: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, # 1” . themarysue.com . The Mary Sue . Retrieved July 24,2015 .
  13. Jump up^ Logsdon, Mike (October 6, 2014). “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina # 1 Review” . ca.ign.com . IGN Canada . Retrieved July 24, 2015 .
  14. Jump up^ Sims, Chris (October 9, 2014). ” ‘ Sabrina’ # 1: All The Gothic Horror And Human Sacrifice To Teen Romance Needs [Review]” . comicsalliance.com . Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on August 17, 2015 . Retrieved July 24, 2015 .
  15. Jump up^ Stanhope, Kate (September 20, 2017). ‘ ‘ Riverdale ‘Companion Series’ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ‘In the Works at The CW’ . The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved September 20, 2017 .
  16. Jump up^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 1, 2017). “Sabrina The Teenage Witch Series Picked Up By Netflix With 2-Season Order” . Deadline.com . Retrieved December 1, 2017 .
  17. Jump up^ Petski, Denise. “Kiernan Shipka To Netflix Sabrina In The Teenage Witch Series” . Deadline . Retrieved January 5, 2018 .

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