The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3 ReviewMay 26, 2015
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3 picks up right where issue #2 left off, with Madame Satan plotting to ruin Sabrina’s life. In this issue, Sabrina’s sixteenth birthday is rapidly approaching, and she must make a decision about whether to join the dark side, offering herself to Satan to become a witch, or live out a normal life as a mortal human. We also get a look at Sabrina’s personal life, as she falls in love with a handsome young man named Harvey Kinkle, who she’ll be acting opposite in the school production of Bye, Bye Birdie. Madame Satan has taken the form of a substitute teacher after putting Sabrina’s regular instructor in a coma. And she’s fully intent in ruining Sabrina’s relationship with Harvey before the issue is over.
We get some nice flashbacks of Sabrina being home schooled by her aunts, learning the minutiae of witchcraft and its history, like the stoning of Giles Corey. Aunt Zelda walks Sabrina through what steps she’ll have to take before offering her soul up to the dark lord, which includes sacrificing a goat and being completely celibate until the ceremony – the latter of which becomes a problem with her boyfriend. I loved the writing in this issue, as seeing Aunt Zelda exclaim “Merciful Mephistopholes” and constantly nagging Sabrina about her celibate vows made it seem like she was growing up in some twisted, upside-down version of a Christian household. The artwork is once again fantastic, evoking the style of the 1950s – if you handed someone this comic out of the blue, they might easily think it had been pulled from a dusty old attic, rather than being a freshly-pressed book from 2015.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3 is a real page-turner, full of complex characters, interesting dialogue and thrilling tension. The final page of the book is quite a cliffhanger, and suffice it to say I am quite interested to see how it all plays out in the next issue.