The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1

Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Artist: Robert Hack Publisher: Archie Comics Release Date: October 8, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 9
8.9Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

New Ongoing Series! Terror is born anew in this dark reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch's origin. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress 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. Archie Comic's latest horror sensation starts here! For TEEN+ readers.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 6, 2014

    Archie Comics and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa have given us another comic that shows Archie comics are not 'just for kids.' In a darker telling, we get to find out who Sabrina Spellman is. Whether you're familiar with the character or not, you'll get a slight sinking feeling as you become immersed in this different setting and get a taste of what's to come in the rest of this ongoing series. Robert Hack's art establishes the mood from the very first page. There are a couple moments of inconsistency but the art and colors will let you know you should be prepared to be a little freaked out by this book. Forget everything you know or think you know about Archie Comics. This is a book you should keep an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Oct 7, 2014

    If you've never read 'Afterlife With Archie', first of all, go get it. It's very well-done work, that succeeds not only as a horror story but as a tale of the characters we've all grown up with, one way or another, and this book is a lovely counterpart to it. Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina #1 is excellent, with a literate and truly frightening story combined with utterly gorgeous/blood-curdling art. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt Oct 7, 2014

    A great spooky series for October, Sabrina looks to be another hit for Sacasa and Archie, one that has lived up to the hype and then some. Be sure to pick up this book and get it on your pull list, because Sabrina's dark adventures are only just beginning. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Erika D. Peterman Oct 7, 2014

    If this first issue is any indication, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is going to be right up there with Afterlife With Archie in the suspense and surprises department. High-quality storytelling, gorgeous art and plenty of chills cast a strong spell. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Oct 7, 2014

    What an excellent book to start October off with. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a wonderful first issue that any new reader could easily jump into and still be incredibly pleasing to older fans. It's fun to stumble across a comic like this that you can just enjoy for what it is. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Comix - Max Dweck Oct 8, 2014

    There are three new books about witches this week: Klarion from DC, Wytches from Image, and Sabrina. Sabrina is the best of the lot, but only if you're familiar with the more innocent past incarnations of the character. A lot of the time, trying to make a property more adult fails, due to the simplistic and thoughtless addition of sex and violence. This is not the case. Sabrina breathes new life into an old property, with a well-crafted story that pays respect to the old while going somewhere new. Those looking for a comic to get you into the Halloween spirit can't go wrong with this. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Oct 8, 2014

    You should be excited for the next issue of this series. I know that I can't wait as Archie has another hit on its hands. It just goes to show that there's always something interesting to do with characters if you're willing to put in the work to make the story worth the reader's time. This is definitely worth the time; in fact you might end up owing it some. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Alamo Oct 9, 2014

    With Chilling Tales of Sabrina, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa continues to push the limits of what I thought could ever be in an Archie comic. He doubles down on many of the elements that have made Afterlife with Archie successful and creates a first issue that not only rivals the genius of what he did with Afterlife, but in many respects surpasses it. Together with the stunning art by Robert Hack, Archie Comics has another hit on their hands and I can't wait to see what else they have in store for Sabrina as this compelling story unfolds. This definitely ranks as one of the best comics I've read this year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Oct 28, 2014

    Sabrina is a perfect addition to the Archie Comics horror line and a welcome companion to Afterlife with Archie. It paints a very different picture of the teenage witch that we've known for all these years and makes witches scary again. There are also ties to some other characters in this universe and the setup of a downright terrifying monster that will be explored in some future issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Oct 10, 2014

    One of the best issues of the year in comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Ben Penfold-Marwick Oct 9, 2014

    Like Afterlife with Archie, this is an odd mix of styles: the naivety of the Archie-verse with the dark and bleeding content of a Dario Argento film. Thankfully, Afterlife worked really well, and so does Sabrina. For some reason I can't put my finger on, it all feels like it was meant to be. This comic has all the fun of the original and the well-loved television series, but I'm sure the sweet Melissa Joan Hart herself would find it hard to stomach where this book is headed. With welcome reprints, sketches, and a letters page in the back, and such a great looking cover design, there are no reasons to not buy this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Oct 10, 2014

    Yes, buy it and read it! You really don't want to miss out on this one! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Lonnie Nadler Oct 6, 2014

    As Aguirre-Sacasa states in his letter at the back of the issue, it would have been easy to spin a new Sabrina tale out of the "Afterlife with Archie" series, but in developing a completely new, dreary world, it is all the more impressive, satisfying, and devilish. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez Oct 8, 2014

    Aguirre-Sacasa delivers another unconventional, nightmarish, and exceptional take on the Archie universe with this first issue. It appears as if this series will primarily take place fifty years in the past in 1964, and it just feels like the creators can take this in so many different directions. Robert Hack just nails it with the illustrations, as he vividly captures the wickedness of this story, particularly with a young Sabrina celebrating her sixth birthday, the tree, and the female demon at the end. His choice of colors works well and his work just brings an overall high quality artistic element to this collaboration. This issue works so well that if you throw it in water, it most certainly would float. A can't miss, must pull for horror fans, you don't want to miss this issue. You've been warned. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Oct 8, 2014

    “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” #1 is an absolute can't miss comic book. It's beautifully drawn and superbly written. With series like this, Archie Comics is becoming a real force in the comic market. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Chase Magnett Oct 13, 2014

    The haunted mood of Sabrina #1 creates a promise for much more to come. This issue reincarnates a children's tale as a horrific new version of itself, one that is capable of scaring readers, new and old alike. With Hack's art and colors guiding Sabrina ever closer to the darkness of her origins, there are bound to be a lot more thrills and chills to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Oct 14, 2014

    It would almost have been cozy were it not for the actual set pieces, so kudos to writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. If I had to point out any flaws it would be that it's a series that is somewhat too reference happy. This is something that I noticed in early Afterlife issues as well, that both series really love to drop names. It's not a problem per se, but it can stick out. Overall this was a superb issue and one that I will be keeping a tab on. Comments and thoughts would be appreciated below. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Kara Sorensen Oct 13, 2014

    This issue basically just retells the story of Sabrina but in such a new way…………….the final page made me jump! The story & the art work make this the 2nd best horror comic book you can read………..right after ‘Afterlife With Archie'!!!!! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 26, 2015

    The opening issue of this series is an impressive work with what it wants to do in taking a familiar character with a lengthy history and going back to square one. Turning it towards a serious approach with a classic horror style about it is definitely the way to go here and what we get is a beautifully creepy work tied to adolescence going forward and ones place in the world. The writing is spot on, the artwork is beautiful and it's perfectly paced to really draw you into everything. This installment also gives us a bit of a behind the scenes look at the project and a fun reprint story of Sabrina from 1962 that shows us how she was back in the day and her more mischievous side. Overall, a strong work, very engaging and definitely leaves you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Oct 8, 2014

    Robert Hack gives this book an incredible retro feel that evokes not only classic comics, but classic horror as well. His style is a perfect marriage that helps to bring this grotesque new world to life in an easy to follow yet perfectly stylized way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Oct 6, 2014

    Overall, "Sabrina" #1 is a great start to a nice little surprise of a book. With a lot of extras -- 28 pages of original story, three sketchbook pages, and a five-page classic Sabrina reprint (in this case, Sabrina's first appearance "Archie's Madhouse" #22) -- it's also a pretty great deal. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F-O-R-R-E-S-T Oct 8, 2014

    There's no mistaking it, this is a horror book, and, it's definitley not for kids or teens like the Sabrina and Archie books usually are. This is a dark, forboding tale for the aged minds of readers familiar with the simpler times. Yeah, it's without a doubt a novelty but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its own merits. October is the perfect time to do something like this and it's more than rewarding to see Archie Comics doing this to their ever-popular books. Even if it does seem a bit shallow in issue one, I can see this kind of experimentation really paying off not only for writers and artists but for readers too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Oct 13, 2014

    Also noteworthy about this comic is its value. For three bucks, the reader gets 28 pages of story and art. I also appreciated Snyder's afterword, which shed some light on where the idea for this comic came from and gave the reader some insight into who the writer is and what childhood experienced shaped him to some extent. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Stash My Comics - Jay Inglis Oct 23, 2014

    Don't let the name put you off. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a book that wants you to take it seriously. It should appeal to fans of Archie comics and horror comics alike. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Touch of Grey Oct 14, 2014

    While the Sabrina book doesn't seem to be in the same continuity as Afterlife With Archie, as evidenced by Betty and Veronica practicing witchcraft and belonging to a coven themselves, it's certainly in the samestyle. Small town life, as seen through the lens of a practitioner of dark magic? Hell to the yes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Oct 15, 2014

    Will I give the second issue a try? Definitely, especially since some serious conflict is coming. If the story can keep up that kind of tone, then I'll probably stick with it. For the month of Halloween, I think it's an appropriate book, and if you want to find a new comic that has that Halloween spirit, then you can do far worse than picking up this comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Oct 8, 2014

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 is a solid start to a dark take on this character. Fans of Afterlife With Archie should dive in feet first, and I'm guessing they will be very happy. While I wasn't floored by any specific moments in the issue, I will admit that the eeriness stayed with me well after reading. You've never read Sabrina like this, that's for sure. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Oct 13, 2014

    The close of the comic - where Madame Satan returns from the capitol city of Hell - is what makes The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina a comic to read. When Aguirre-Sacasa puts his own stamp on the comic, the story is supernatural and creepy and worth reading. When it strays back into the high school drama motif, it's nothing we haven't read before. Hopefully, the comic will keep moving in the horror direction because when it crosses the line, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina lives up to its new name and genre. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - JAdam Jul 13, 2015

    Unlike the dark humour of Archie vs Predator, and dissimilar to the more gruesome horror of Afterlife with Archie, this series strives to be creepy, or, perhaps more aptly, chilling. The writing and the art complement each other perfectly, and although I found this story a little tedious to read at times, I'm going to attribute it to the fact that Aguirre-Sacasa and Hack are still working out the rhythm of a new series. It takes time to perfect things. However, the irregular publishing schedule with long periods between publications make it harder to properly anticipate this series with much excitement. However, Aguirre-Sacasa and Hack certainly deliver a dark and moody atmosphere, and Archie Comics earns bonus points for continuing to venture into new territory. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Oct 8, 2014

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 was a comic I was hoping to like a lot, but found my hopes being dashed. The writing is just not there with its bad pacing, rushed backstory, and underwhelming characters. Heck, it's even a bit of a letdown in the horror department in some areas due to a very slow and dull middle. However, combined with the beautiful artwork and the fact that we got past the backstory now, there is still plenty of potential and room for improvement with the comic. Things can easily turn around in the next issue and I hope to see it there next time. Read Full Review

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