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"Sabrina the Teenage Witch #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Archie Comics

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Written by Kelly Thompson
Illustrated by Veronica and Andy Fish
Lettered by Jack Morelli
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 19th, 2019

Review:

Sabrina Spellman is settling into her new school, meeting new friends, and fighting a big dog monster in the woods. You know, typical teenager stuff. Something sinister is lurking in this town and she's just starting to put the pieces together. This is the last thing she wants to do though, especially with a budding romance in the works.

Before we get too far into this review, let's clarify that Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a very different book than The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The latter is the source material for the Sabrina TV show on Netflix. This one is a bit of a mix of classic Archie style, teen drama, and horror. The spooky stuff stands out, but it's not as dark as Chilling Adventures. It's not like the old show with Melissa Joan Hart either.

Anyway, let's talk monsters. Artists Veronica and Andy Fish establish the dangerous and unnatural danger Sabrina finds herself in and her magical abilities she relies on to keep herself safe. The evening casts just the right amount of shadows to keep this creature hidden and mysterious, although we see a good amount of it. There's enough here to fill us with questions as to what it is and where it comes from.

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When Sabrina uses a spell, everything changes. The color scheme is adjusted, like we're given a glimpse into an entirely different world. This is used very effectively and not overdone.

The colors in Sabrina the Teenage Witch #3 are vibrant and awesome. There's a solid palette at work here, with darker tones to signify that danger could lurk around any corner. Sure, things might seem safe for now, but you never know what's waiting on the next page.

Writer Kelly Thompson pulls us into Sabrina's life with some great internal narration. We're dealing with a high school student that's juggling all the perils of teenage life, in addition to witch powers and assorted monsters. There's some definite stress there. Sabrina's thoughts are similar to anyone else faced with these kinds of crazy situations.

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The romance in this issue is pretty adorable, made even more so by Sabrina's reaction. I've never ridden on the back of a cute boy's motorcycle, but it certainly looks like a dreamy experience based on the visuals. The sequence builds to a climax such that when the two embrace, I let out an audible squee. Shut up.

Although we get teen romance moments like this, horror is never far from Sabrina's life. When she gets home and informs her aunts of what she just saw, things get deathly serious. This is where the colors really pop as the family descends into their basement where all the magical items are kept. This room glows with an unearthly light, further distinguishing Sabrina's supernatural world from her high school one.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a solid comic for middle grade readers. It has a nice blend of teen drama and the supernatural, sort of like some of the shows on The CW. The artwork is top notch with some of the best visuals you'll see on the stands today. It's just a downright fun book.

Grades:

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Overall: Fourandahalfstars

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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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