by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Robert Hack
There has been a huge gap of time between when The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina released its debut issue and this week’s release of issue two. Archie Comics has now developed its Archie Horror imprint which debuts with Sabrina‘s new issue this week and it’s like falling in love all over again. That is, if love is getting heavily creeped out.
Returning and new readers may want to reread the first issue of Sabrina before jumping into issue two. Although it’s not hard to pick up this issue and dive in, such a long gap between issues might benefit readers to freshen up with re-reading issue one first. Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa spends the majority of this issue following the character of Madam Satan and her relation to Sabrina’s parents. Madam Satan’s exploits in this issue brought readers back into the story and are a harsh reminder of how abrasive The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is.
Robert Hack’s art on Sabrina so far has been absolutely stunning. He has a rough sketch style that also holds a delicate balance of beauty reflected in characters faces and surroundings. Hack also handles his own watercolor style coloring which gives every page a haunting aura. Hack’s approach is similar to what you would get if you combined Matt Kindt and Tula Lotay’s styles. However, every page feels inexplicably disturbing and gives Sabrina this looming sense of dread that heightens that overall unsettling tone. Without spoiling anything, the scenes where Madam Satan meets with Sabrina’s parents individually were incredibly grisly.
It’s great to have Sabrina back and this issue was a great refresher of what readers loved so much about the first issue. Hopefully whatever kinks they had to work out over at Archie Comics are now fixed and readers can expect a more frequent release for subsequent issues. Because honestly, getting the issues out is the only thing keeping The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina from being one of the most talked about series right now.