REVIEW: ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch,’ Issue #2

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Sabrina the Teenage Witch #2, published by Archie Comics, is a continuing the new series telling the story of Sabrina Spellman’s life in Greendale. From writer Kelly Thompson, artists Veronica Fish and Andy Fish, and letterer Jack Morelli, issue number two starts right where the last one left off, in the woods, fighting a monster.

In the last issue, Sabrina Spellman started life at a new high school, worried about sticking out like a sore thumb with white hair but she changes her hair color and sets off to start her half-human life. But as she moves through teenage drama and casting small spells here and there she notices something supernatural in the town of Greendale and it isn’t just the Spellmans. The last issue ends with mean girl Radka and her cute boy brother Ren somehow coming together into the form of a Wendigo that attacks Sabrina and Jessa.

In the first pages Radka and Ren separate only for yet another monster to attack Sabrina and her friends. Much of this issue deals with Sabrina navigating the magic world she thought she would have to hide at her high school. While she knows who the Wendigo is, the sudden appearance of a Kraken throws off whatever sense of understanding she had. Returning home, she chooses to hide the truth of the event from her aunts, but still seeks their guidance anyway.

In Sabrina the Teenage Witch #2 we get to see more of the Spellman household. The earthy tones of Fish and Fish’s art in the house are accented with pieces of magic in the form of blues and pinks. Truthfully, the Spellman house feels as much of a character in this story as everyone else. This issue also sees Sabrina having to deal ramifications from her spells, some of them don’t work, and one of them works too well.

While there isn’t much time spent at the high school, we do get to see small interactions between Sabrina and her two potential love interests, Ren and Harvey. Ren doesn’t know of his Wendigo form and is worried about not being to protect Sabrina from the attack in the woods and Harvey is oblivious to all magic, he’s just a guy trying to land a date with the new girl.

Thompson’s dialogue perfectly captures teenage years and yet again each piece of dialogue is filled with heart. Most importantly, in Sabrina the Teenage Witch #2 we get to read into more of Sabrina’s inner thoughts that oscillate from a teenage focus on boys when she sees Harvey in the halls to a girl trying to find the answers to magical monsters and questions.

The art is beautiful. While Fish and Fish’s art was vibrant and alive in the last issue, Sabrina the Teenage Witch #2 gives us even more fantastical art. With a Kraken, the pink and purple glow of spells, and other beautiful monsters, the comic comes to life in the art. Bright, witchy, and over the top, it’s a gorgeous read.

Overall, Sabrina the Teenage Witch #2 introduces us to a larger world of magic, where issue number one introduced us to the world of high school. With creature designs like the ones in this issue, I’m hoping that Greendale is on top of “a freaking ancient monster burial ground” with many more to come. As a fan of fantasy and witchy stories, Sabrina the Teenage Witch #2 is a comic you need to pick up for writing, art, and the world that’s being built in Greendale.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch #2 is available where comics are sold now.

Rating: 5/5