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"Sabrina The Teenage Witch: Something Wicked #1" 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, 36 pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 1st, 2020

Review:

Sabrina may have saved her friends and family, but she still has to deal with the troubles of an average teenager, not to mention all the perils of being a young witch. She's trying to decide which boy to go with while helping her friend break a curse that's turning her into a monster. Oh, there's also something murdering people in town now. Why is life so complicated?

There is an unmistakable charm to Sabrina the Teenage Witch and that is definitely on display in this new volume of the series, Something Wicked. It's easy to get caught up in Sabrina's life and all the ups and downs. She's relatable in that she feels like a real person even though she can perform spells. That's a testament to not only this character, but just about everyone under the Archie Comics umbrella.

Something Wicked hits in a very narrow space in that it's adorable and fun for younger readers and just the right amount of scary for older readers, so it pleases both sides while not offending either. Writer Kelly Thompson threads the needle in terms of tone and works wonders. We're often so wrapped up in the normal part of Sabrina's world that we can forget the supernatural aspect of it, so when that comes back, it's a little shocking.

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Much of Sabrina's time is spent just figuring things out for herself, or more specifically, figuring herself out. She sits right in the middle of two worlds and she could go either way, but will that mean losing the other side? If she embraces her human half, can she give up the magical part of her life? What about the other way around? It's not an easy decision, especially at a young age.

A majority of the wonder in Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Something Wicked can be attributed to the artwork from Veronica and Andy Fish. I've loved their work for some time and they definitely deliver some dynamite pages in this book. Each character is bursting with personality. You instantly understand the tone of someone's speech and what's really going on in their mind based on their facial expressions and how they carry themselves. This especially comes into play during the more dramatic scenes, like when the love triangle pops up.

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Letterer Jack Morelli aids in the mood in how the dialogue is shown. Quieter moments are shown with a smaller font and the opposite is true for louder segments. It's a nice touch to help further convey emotion.

The color work in this issue is off-the-charts good. Greendale has a bright and varied palette, full of life and energy. This changes to an entirely different yet still very lively set of colors once magic is introduced. You can see why Sabrina is having a tough time deciding between worlds, as they're both painted in such a welcoming light.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Something Wicked is a charming mix of teenage drama and horror. It's perfect for young adult readers that want some scares with their relationship stories. There are some nice twists and turns to set up this volume that have a tremendous amount of potential too.

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Overall: 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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