Friday, July 31, 2015

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #4

   I'm not much of a fan of horror comics, but several friends were urging me to pick up the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina - so I did!

    It would be easy to dismiss this series as an attempt at getting attention through shock - by dropping characters from stories for young readers into intense, adult tales of horror.

   But it actually works, thanks largely to the excellent writing by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. It's a story that would fit well into an issue of Hellboy.

   It has Sabrina facing a horrific ceremony - one that threatens her life, and that of her boyfriend, Harvey. The events that follow - and the aftermath - make for a grim, compelling story.

   We also get a guest appearance by other familiar faces from the Archie line - and the story may have a lasting impact on them, too.

   The other reason the story works is because of the evocative artwork by Robert Hack. He captures the grisly events and the real-life sadness that hang over the tale.

   So while I can't recommend this for everyone - it's certainly too graphic for young readers - but if you can get past the metamorphosis of Sabrina's character (it's certainly a logical progression), you'll love this book, too!

Grade: A-


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