It hit hard seeing realizing that this was the last issue of Sabrina The Teenage Witch. This was probably the first time in a while where I have felt this crushed about a book like this from Archie coming to a close.I still remember when I first heard the announcement of this book, I wasn’t having it. Not when we had been waiting so long for a continuation to Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Though that changed quickly after seeing what this creative team was able to accomplish through their approach to this world. The really did give us the full experience. Not too whimsical, not too dark. They met us halfway and wasted no opportunity to explore what new magics we could be exposed to.
I mean, when was the last time you actually saw Sabrina make use of artifacts and trinkets like this? When was the last time you ever saw Sabrina explore the family lair to acquire such resources to boost her magic? This was a once in a lifetime chance to do something that no one else tempted till now. Personally I found the scene exhilarating when they decided that should be the last scene of the issue before. The perfect way to set things up for this finale. From there it felt like we were dealing with a different Sabrina. It’s not so often that you will see her so battle ready either. With that came a noticeable confidence she carried, as well as proficiency in casting that catches you off guard for her age.
Given the urgency to find her aunts and this being the last issue, it was expected that a good portion of this issue would be somewhat action-heavy. While most confrontations for Sabrina were pretty straightforward, this was the first time where this creative team really indulged in what they could do when the enemy forces her to pull out every trick she has in her arsenal. For every piece which Sabrina equipped, they put the time into showing us exactly what each thing did. This mattered just as much as any other spell which she has cast from the first issue to this point.
The reveal of who was behind the madness was both surprising and not so surprising. When you paid attention to every detail up to this point, including every interaction with the people of the town, it wasn’t too hard to guess who could have orchestrated this. This isn’t to say that you could have braced yourself for something more, because at the end of the day the kind of enemy that a witch can deal with varies greatly. It’s just that for the kind of story told here, it was best that they went with someone who could be handled in a way that satisfies a conclusion.
Aside from this, I appreciated the little bits here and there which furthered our engagement in this world through a stronger understanding of how magic works from their perspective. We even picked up something new that we didn’t know some witches/warlocks could do. Things like that makes this mini worthwhile.
The one thing I’m going to miss most about this book is the gorgeous interior art. There has been some notable books from Archie for the visual appeal alone, and right now I would say that Sabrina The Teenage Witch is up there as one that has a top-notch art team. I’ve been saying it since the first issue, this is what you look for when you desire a spectacle from your witchcraft. The previous issue had already blown me away for so many things they did with artifacts and trinkets. It was bright, colorful, and the color scheme was fantastical. We got the same and then some from this finale too. Especially when this art team wasted no chance to show us what every piece Sabrina equipped could do. This also didn’t get in the way of the action scene flowing from one panel into the next. Every action taken towards saving her aunts was struck with excellent execution from a visual standpoint. What I do have to give credit to most aside from this, is the unique designs that came with many of the magical creatures encountered from start to finish. Not one of these creations were things you would expect a teenage witch to deal with, and every one of them was fairly unique despite some familiarity.
At the end of the day, Sabrina The Teenage Witch is a book that I would recommend to anyone who loves Sabrina. This book captured the best of both worlds, while going the extra mile to be something distinguishing all on its own. This is exactly what we need to see from books which attempt to relaunch a story. It all comes down to your selling points. In the case of Sabrina The Teenage Witch? This one succeeded in delivering a heavily supernatural experience.