Monday, September 11, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1 The Crucible

Graphic Novel Review of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1 The Crucible

If you are expecting the same fun, bubbly teenage witch played by Melissa Joan Hart, this graphic novel will disappoint you. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1 is very dark and gory. Of course I loved every second of it!

Book photo of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible 
by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Illustrated by Robert Hack

Synopsis:
On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family's past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie Comics' latest horror sensation starts here! For TEEN+ readers. Compiles the first six issues of the ongoing comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.


My thoughts:
I really enjoyed the storyline. It was short but complex enough to be interesting throughout, complete with twists and turns that, even though they were a bit predictable, still kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the darker take on this character.

I loved the way the story and the artwork worked together, such as on this page, where they were using telepathy:


The artwork was my definitely favorite element. It has a lovely retro horror vibe that I'm a total sucker for! I mean:


The color palette was also very lovely and I really love the pop of bright color here and there for dramatics.


However, some of it seemed just a bit...off. A bit rushed and sloppy. Which may have been on purpose... who knows! But overall I thought it was great!

As for the characters, I really enjoyed Ambros! I was also very excited to see Salem, but a bit let down that he didn't play a major role. I'd love to see more of him!

Sabrina comic Salem panel

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina shirley jackson panel

I found both Sabrina and Harvey to be a bit lacking. I do hope to see Sabrina's character develop more in volume two.

I also really enjoyed all the books that were included or mentioned! I was particularly fond of:



My final thoughts:
I would definitely recommend checking this one out if you enjoy darker graphic novels!



Thanks for reading!
Have any horror comic recommendations? I'd love to hear 'em in the comments section below! 
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14 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this one. The next installment comes out in December. I can see where Harvey and Sabrina were lacking in development but I think that will come over time with the series. I also loved Salem and think he's the only character that has some common sense and a brain. I liked Afterlife With Archie, but not as much. Have you che
    cked out Wytches? It's a decent read but gets some mixed reviews.

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    1. Yeah! Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention! I'll have to keep an eye out for the new release!! I loved Salem as well! He was so funny! I haven't yet read Afterlife With Archie, unfortunately my library system doesn't have it. But I just put a request in for Wytches :) I'll keep you posted!

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  2. I am just scratching the surface of graphic novels and, although not a gory horror fan, I am surprisingly intrigued by this one. Definitely going to check it out :) Great review!

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    1. On a gore level, this one isn't too bad! :) I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. Oh this seems like a fun one. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. It definitely is!! I hope you enjoy it if you get the chance to pick it up! :)

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  4. Hiya! I'm back! After having laptop troubles it's taken me a while to get sorted.

    Hope you are well. Normal service has now been resumed LOL

    WOW! This looks heaps of fun and just right for a Halloween read, which is nearly upon us! Scarily. Excuse the pun lol

    Luv Sassy x

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    1. Oh no! I hate when that happens! I am still doing well, happy to see you back! :)

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  5. Great review Erica! I love manga which is a Japanese comic... I can see why you enjoyed this one so much! I've only read a couple graphic novels now... I can see why Americans love them... being all in color...

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    1. :) Graphic novels sure are fun! And oh! I read my first manga last month! Since then, I've purchased a few more and I cannot wait to read them!

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  6. Ooh I might have to get this! I was watching Riverdale and the showrunner was hinting that he might introduce Sabrina and/ or a supernatural element into season two, but they're not sure if it will work. Would love for them to do that! I think he's the one that writes this too?

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    1. Definitely! I think you would really enjoy it! And oh! I still need to check that show out!

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  7. Oh my gosh, I haven't heard about this one, but I'm already loving it. Definitely feeling the retro vibes from the pics you've included. I think character development can be a bit tricky with a graphic novel. I've already made my October TBR list, but I might sneak this one on it. Great review!

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    1. For sure! I've read many graphic novels where I didn't care about the characters until much later in the series. I hope you love this when you read it!

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