Archie Comics chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa first mentioned plans for a new “Sabrina” ongoing title — in the same vein as the publisher’s non-all-ages hit horror series “Afterlife with Archie” — back in March. Now, Archie has announced that joining Aguirre-Sacasa, who also writes “Afterlife, on the October-debuting series will be artist Robert Hack, who has previously illustrated “Afterlife” and “Life with Archie” covers.
Archie also released three covers from the first issue, each illustrated by Hack.
Introduced in 1962, Sabrina the Teenage Witch is one of Archie’s longest-running and most recognizable characters outside of the Riverdale gang. The character has starred in both animated and live-action TV series, including current cartoon “Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch,” which airs on The Hub and received an Emmy nomination for series star Ashley Tisdale in the “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” category. The most recent “Sabrina” comic book series, more traditional all-ages Archie fare, ended in 2009.
“‘Sabrina’ takes characters we know and love and pushes them in a new, ghastly direction,” Hack told USA Today. “The horror in ‘Sabrina’ carries so much weight because we’ve cared for these characters for, quite literally, generations. And Roberto’s scripts alternate between tugging at heartstrings and ripping them out.”
Aguirre-Sacasa discussed the book with CBR this past April at WonderCon in Anaheim: “This October I’m launching a second book which is kind of a companion book to ‘Afterlife,’ also horror, which is a Sabrina book. That’s gonna be, in a way, I think, even darker than ‘Afterlife with Archie.’ ‘Afterlife with Archie’ kind of usually has a good sense of humor about it, like a Sam Raimi kind of tongue in cheek — the Sabrina book is very dark. It’s a period book, it’s set in the ’60s, which is when Sabrina first came out; it was in her heyday.”