Genre: Horror Graphic Novel
Number of Pages: 160
On her sixteenth birthday, Sabrina Spellman will have to choose to follow her destiny by signing her soul over to the devil to earn power as a sorceress. Or she can follow her heart and stay with her mortal boyfriend and friends. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is book one in the series (issues 1-5). For a complete summary, you can go here.
TL;DR: A deliciously dark and fast-paced version of Sabrina with murder, cannibalism, Satanism, and more.
Full Review: After binge-watching the Netflix adaptation, I had to read the graphic novel version that inspired it. Now, this is nothing like the 90’s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch that I grew up with. You have Sabrina, Harvey, the two aunts, and a non-talking version of Salem. But that’s where the similarities end. This version is deliciously dark! It has murder, cannibalism, Satanism, and more. It is not for the weak-hearted. It is rated teen+ so, I would say fourteen and up.
Side note: I know some people who watched the Netflix version complained about the blurry edges and orange hues. But it is clear that it is supposed to mimic the visual style of the comics. I have more appreciation for the cinematography now.
I’ve been reading the old Archie comics and the new Afterlife of Archie after watching Riverdale. So it was cool to see some crossover. I know there have been rumors of whether or not the shows will crossover. I also liked seeing how they adapted the comics into a show. They did change a few characters and plot points, but it has the same overall feel.
I am still getting used to reading graphic novels and the format. The dialogue doesn’t feel very realistic to me, but I understand that the quick pace doesn’t lend itself to long monologues or too much back and forth. I enjoyed this novel overall and already have the next issue (there are six total) on hold at the library. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!