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  • F.T. Wolf

Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1: The Crucible

Updated: Apr 26

A few days ago, the fourth and final part of Netflix’s ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ dropped online. To celebrate, I want to take a look at the comic book series that served as the shows direct inspiration. What makes the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series stand out (and receive some backlash) from other Sabrina medium is its tone. It’s very dark, not afraid to dig into ‘traditional’ witch lore and blood rituals and the like. What most people don’t know however is that this tone is not an invention of the series, but rather of a comic book also called Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The history of the book is a bit turbulent. The first issue was released in October (get it) 2014 as part of ‘Archie Horror’ and ran for 8 issues before getting cancelled. I say ‘cancelled’ here but a more fitting would be 'got delayed into oblivion'. The series did run long enough for its first story-arc to wrap and get collected in a trade though. That’s what I’ll be reviewing today, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1: The Crucible.

Let’s dive in.

Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and art by Robert Hack & Jack Morelli.

The Crucible tells the same basic story as that of the pilot episode of the series. 15-year old Sabrina Spellman, daughter of the Warlock Edward Spellman and the mortal Diana eagerly awaiting her upcoming 16th birthday. On that day, she will have her dark-baptism and must decide between the human and witch-world. Between her boyfriend Harvey Kinkle and her magic powers.

I’m purposely keeping the plot of the book very, very vague. While reading it, you might think that the story is one-to-one with the series. Nothing could be further from the trough, however. For starters, while the series invokes a very 60’s/70’s feel its clearly set in modern times. The comics series, however, is just straight up set during the ’50s and ’60s. This gives the entire book a different undertone and actually works quite well, even if it does lead