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"Sabrina: Something Wicked #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Archie Comics

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Written by Kelly Thompson
Illustrated by Veronica Fish and Andy Fish
Lettered by Jack Morelli
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 29th, 2020

Review:

The perils of high school life can include issues with trust, but nothing like what Sabrina is going through right now. Up until this point, her aunts have been her rock. They were the only people she could go to with her magical problems, but all of that has changed now. How can she trust them knowing they may have done something to endanger some of her friends? Of course, Sabrina doesn't know how or why they did this, so she's only working with the information she can get without actually talking to them. It was hard enough navigating the supernatural world and the normal one and now it's even harder.

Although her issues are unlike any that I have ever faced, it's so easy to relate to Sabrina. Writer Kelly Thompson pushes through the concepts of Sabrina's problems in such a way that anyone can see similar ideas in their own life. I may not have had treacherous aunts putting a horrifying spell on my friends, but I have had to question who I trust about certain things. Putting it through the supernatural lens adds to the intensity of the story.

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Much of that relatability can be traced back to the artwork from Veronica and Andy Fish. It's absolutely charming. There's an impressive range of emotion on display, playing with the teen drama of the story in a big way. You can see the doubt and uncertainty on Sabrina's face as she navigates all these obstacles. When she does find some clarity, there's a serenity that falls over her. Her shoulders relax and she's completely calm. Unfortunately, that doesn't last long.

The colors really make Sabrina: Something Wicked #2 come alive. They're bright and vibrant whether we're dealing with magical games, teen angst, or sheer terror. The palette really heightens the experience, creating a fully immersive world. It also adds to the charm of the story. A great example of this is the game of Savoir Faire that shifts into a unique layout and bursts of pure energy.

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Jack Morelli's lettering plays into this as well. It conveys a perfect understanding of the tone and voice of each character by how the word balloons and fonts are used.

Sabrina: Something Wicked skews a bit more towards teenage drama than horror with this issue, however it really comes back to the scares by the end with a great cliffhanger. If you dig shows on The CW like Supernatural, you're going to love this comic.

Grades:

Story: fourandahalfstars Cover
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Art: fivestars
Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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