Her Boyfriend's Back, and Sabrina's Gonna Be in Trouble in SABRINA #8

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Sabrina #8

After Harvey Kinkle, Sabrina's boyfriend, saw into her secret life and was killed and eaten by witches for doing so, Sabrina's been understandably a bit...perturbed. But thanks to the intervention of another witch at school, Ms. Porter, Sabrina gained a spell of necromancy to return Harvey from the dead. And now, it's date night!

Alas, what Sabrina doesn't realize is that Harvey's body is back, but Harvey's not in it. Instead it is occupied by the spirit of her father, Edward Spellman, and he's very proud of the results of his experiment--Sabrina, the offspring of witch and mortal. And he's also got an eye out for revenge against his enemies, which would seem to include Sabrina's aunts, Edward's sisters Hilda and Zelda Spellman.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa gives us a good showing of Sabrina's magical capabilities in this book, as Sabrina grows more confident and rebellious. But she's also headstrong, and doesn't realize that her little spell comes with a cost that she may not be ready to pay. This issue also reveals the connection between CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA and AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE; even though the two books seem to exist in separate universes, it may just be that there's a thread working between them that may get tugged on in the next few issues--which means hang around until 2020, given the rate of output the company has had with both titles.

Robert Hack's artwork is appropriately creepy for this horror title, delivering characters with expressiveness as well as settings that are familiar yet presented in a more (appropriately) haunting way. It's been worth the wait to get this far. Let's hope we can go even farther.

4.5 / 5.0