Story: Kelly Thompson
Art and Colors: Veronica Fish and Andy Fish
Letters: Jack Morelli
What They Say:
Because you demanded it: Volume Two of the critically acclaimed Sabrina the Teenage Witch series by Kelly Thompson and Veronica & Andy Fish! Sabrina saved the day—saved her friends, her family—the whole town of Greendale really, and she should be riding high. But things are never quite that simple. She’s trapped in a love triangle, she’s having trouble balancing the mortal and witch parts of herself, oh yeah, and she’s being blackmailed. As if all that wasn’t enough, while trying to help Radka and Ren with their…supernatural problem, her aunts suddenly starting to look like people she can’t trust. What’s a teen witch to do?!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Sometimes you just get lucky, and sometimes it’s the littlest things that make you happy. I missed out on the first issue of this new volume of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I dove into issue two with no problems, but I was planning on getting the first issue just to see what I missed. Luckily for me, Archie reprinted the first issue, and now I’m all caught up.
So, let’s get y’all caught up, too.
After the events of the first volume, Sabrina has her hands full. She’s got high school, new friends, two boys competing for her affection, her promise to Radka to dispel the curse that turns her and her brother into a Wendigo, and now she’s being introduced into the broader witch culture. Being a teenager in high school is enough, but when all that extra stuff is added, Sabrina’s entered into full Peter Parker territory, and feels like she’s letting everyone down.
Part of the issue, of course, is that she’s flying blind when it comes to dispelling that curse. She throws everything she can at it, sacrificing sleep, grades, and the goodwill of her friends. Then, she gets a brilliant idea: trace the spell to its source. If she can find out who cast it, she might be able to figure out the nature of the spell and get rid of it.
Unfortunately, it looks like the spell was cast by her two aunts. The two people she loves and trusts the most in the world.
But that’s not all, something prowls Greendale, something hungry for blood, something willing to kill to get what it wants.
I don’t know how all the storylines are going to come together, but I’m excited to see how. After the excellent first volume, I was ready to dive right back into this version of Sabrina and her world, and Jill Thompson, Veronica Fish, Andy Fish, and Jack Morelli bring that same chemistry to this new volume.
The pacing and plotting are drum tight, and I adore the line, ink, and color work of Veronica and Andy Fish. The characters have real life and charm, and the colors sell the emotion of the scenes excellently. It’s cartoon-y in the tradition of Alex Toth and Darwyn Cooke, and it’s gorgeous.
There’s no reason not to take the Nestea Plunge with this new volume now that Archie has re-issued it. If you’re looking for fun, magic, teenage angst that’s somehow charming and not annoying, then this is your comic. Dr. J gives it an…
Age Rating: N/A
Released By: Archie Comics
Release Date: June 3rd, 2020