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Sabrina the Teenage Witch: 01/09/20

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Sabrina the Teenage Witch by Kelly Thompson and Veronica Fish is a collection of issues 1-5. It's a redo or reimagining of Sabrina and her aunts, and of course, Salem the familiar.

It's been probably forty years since I read a Sabrina comic. As a kid I remember head-canoning that this Sabrina was the same Sabrina from Bewitched, just younger. The white hair / black hair difference could be explained away with dye. Of course that's all just my silly retconning of two unrelated series.

My other early memories of Sabrina is the Filmation series. I did most of my Archie comics consumption via the cartoons that were on in the 1970s. The late 1990s TV series I've seen maybe an episode or two. By then I was an adult I just couldn't take animatronic Salem seriously enough to want to watch regularly.

The thing that ultimately brought me to reading Thompson and Fish's comic is the Netflix adaptation of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The comic was originally by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack, which I have yet to read.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch like the comics since the 1990s removes Ambrose from the Spellman household. Pity, because I rather like him. This comic then is more in line with the sitcom. Salem at least is back to being snarky and awesome.

The plot is essentially a multi-issue mystery. There are monsters in the forest near the school. Sabrina quickly realizes that the monsters are transformed high schoolers. The big question is why? And who is behind it?

The book was a fun read. The series continues this year with Something Wicked.

Five stars

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