Afterlife With Archie #6 Review
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has woven a masterful, horrific tale with the characters of the Archieverse. When we last saw Sabrina the Teenage Witch, her mouth had been removed and she was banished to the Nether-Realm for using the Necronomicon to resurrect Jughead’s pet Hot Dog, and in turn bringing the zombie apocalypse to Riverdale’s doorstep. Fans have been wondering what’s been going on in Sabrina’s life since those events in the first issue, and in Afterlife With Archie #6 we get a glimpse at her recovery from a nervous breakdown in a mental institution.
You see, as her psychiatrist Dr. Lovecraft tells her, Sabrina’s aunts died in a fire, and this whole witchery thing was something her brain cooked up to cope with the situation. Sabrina sees monsters everywhere she goes, but tries to tell herself it’s all in her head, and continues taking her meds like a good little girl. Unfortunately, she realizes a bit too late that these pills have been inhibiting her magic powers, so that she’s helpless against Lovecraft’s true intentions.
Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa masterfully plays with readers’ emotions, making us wonder if the entire Riverdale zombie takeover was all in Sabrina’s mind. As it turns out, it wasn’t, and the Archieverse has bigger problems to deal with than the walking dead overrunning a small town. Lovecraftian monsters are introduced here, and by Afterlife With Archie #6’s final pages, Cthulhu is introduced, claiming Sabrina as his bride.
Afterlife With Archie #6 features a preview of Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack’s forthcoming Sabrina series, which will take place in the 1960s but is a “companion piece” to Afterlife With Archie. While there are no Lovecraftian elements or zombie hordes here, the few pages on offer are equally unsettling.