What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about the debut of Sabrina: Something Wicked #1! I know I’m a bit late to the party with this one, but these are odd times for the comic book world. Either way, this was a book I was very much looking forward to reading since the conclusion of the first volume last year. This version of Sabrina was one I enjoyed because it took the best of both worlds from the different ways that Sabrina has been written over the years, while at the same time offering a fresh perspective into things other creatives don’t take full advantage of.
Now of course while this is a first issue, it goes without saying that it is recommended that you read Sabrina the Teenage Witch which released last year. Sure there are some blanks that you can fill in yourself through the course of this first issue, but to really understand what unfolds within these pages? It would be preferred that you take the time to work your way up to this second volume. I mean, it’s not as if most of us have anywhere to be, is there?
With that said, this first issue jumps right into things which the first volume sets up. It was one thing to know that Sabrina has so much going on in her life right now, though it was another thing to flip through these pages to actually understand what that meant. As I said before, one of the bigger selling points for this book is the fact that it offers some things which other versions of Sabrina do not. One had the tendency to focus on the more human side of things, or in other words the more whimsical part of her life. While the other was dark and placed the spotlight more on the witch side of things. This book meets us halfway where there is more of a conflict between both halves of her life. In particular, I enjoyed the fact that in this issue we were seeing real examples of how she would struggle.
From there, one of the bigger developments for this issue was finding out why Sabrina would have a reason for mistrusting her aunts. This was something I found myself very anxious to find out because it is always interesting when Sabrina is given a reason to doubt her trust in her aunts. These are two individuals who she should be able to trust more than most people, and yet there’s so much she doesn’t know about the things they have done in their past. The truth behind that was shocking since it’s hard to think of a reason for why they might have done what they did to said people. Was it simply them indulging in some bad behavior? Were they wronged in some way? This development gets you asking some big questions!
That aside, while it was a small scene, it was a good idea to drop a hint towards what we should look forward to in terms of dangers for this second volume. While some might look forward to more of that stuff in the first issue, I found that the time was spent better with reintroductions and easing us back into this world.
If there was one thing I didn’t mind seeing more of, it was the interior artwork for this book. Like the first volume, I had the same impression of the work that this art team had to offer. How the characters were drawn in particular stood out to me for the youthful energy put into them. There was engagement from the way that they interacted with one another. Especially when it came to the sense of wonders between love and exploration of new magic for Sabrina. With that said, the bright colors made the art pop, and I enjoyed the effect they used for casting. Specifically when there was the use of purple-ish overlays. It made a difference to make these moments stand out considering magic for Sabrina is only supposed to be used when necessary. I was only disappointed that they didn’t keep up with the spell counter visual that they had before. I thought it was a very unique touch which added more flair to Sabrina’s casting.
By the end of the issue, I definitely felt that it would have been a crime if BOOM! did not give this book a second volume to continue. Sabrina: Something Wicked #1 was worth the wait for the way that this creative team further immersed us into this world they are creating for Sabrina.