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"Sabrina: Something Wicked #5" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Archie Comics


Written by Kelly Thompsoon
Illustrated by Veronica Fish and Andy Fish
Lettered by Jack Morelli
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 17th, 2021


Sabrina faces off against Della with the fate of her friends, Ren and Radka, hanging in the balance. It was hard enough balancing her personal life as a high school student with her life as a young witch, but now people could die if she can't figure a way out of this. Fortunately, she's picked up a few tricks lately and she's ready to use them.

Sabrina: Something Wicked concludes in this chapter with a somewhat unusual duel. The battle between good and evil basically comes down to a supernatural version of Yu-Gi-Oh. I'm not doing the showdown justice, as there's much more to it than that. Writer Kelly Thompson creates a stark contrast between Sabrina and Della based on the attacks they use. Della hits with dark and frightening blows, designed to maim and kill her opponent. Meanwhile, Sabrina sticks to the light, using positive energy to counteract these attacks, finally forcing Della to confront her own sordid past.

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Letterer Jack Morelli brings this to life with some added impact. Each attack comes with a special spell shown in black word balloons with a bold white outline.

Thompson balances the horror well. This series is intended for a younger audience so the scares have to walk a fine line between being impactful, yet not too terrifying. She definitely hits the mark with this issue. What works well is how real life horrors, like upsetting friends or dealing with an angry parent, are mixed with the supernatural, like Della and her soul-sucking tendencies.

I will never get tired of seeing Veronica Fish and Andy Fish on art duties for a comic. They bring such a lively and amazing energy to every book they're on and Sabrina: Something Wicked is no different. The color is a real stand out, pulsing with bring greens, pinks, and yellows to create an eerie vibe that only grows with each turn of the page.

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The characters are well defined and their emotions are on full display. You can see the uncertainty in Sabrina's face as she makes a desperate play to save her friends, regardless of what it may cost. This is another place where Sabrina's two lives intersect and cause further conflict.

Sabrina: Something Wicked has a healthy mix of horror with teen drama. One moment you'll be caught up with the romance between Sabrina and Ren and the next you'll be frightened by the power of Della and how she'll literally suck the life out of these young lovebirds. While it has a solid ending for this adventure, the door is left wide open for another tale that I hope we get to see sooner rather than later.


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Overall: 4 Star Rating

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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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