REVIEW: ‘Sabrina The Teenage Witch,’ Issue #4 (of 5)

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Sabrina the Teenage Witch #4 is bringing the series closer to its end. From Archie Comics, the issue is written by Kelly Thompson, with art by Veronica and Andy Fish, and letters by Jack Morelli. Last issue, we saw Sabrina run away from the horror of having a psychedelic monster chase her through the woods, run into the home of the resident mean girl, and end up in a teenage rom-com, finally landing a kiss with the mean girl’s brother Ren.

At this point, we know that the magic around Sabrina is more than just the spells she keeps casting. Radka and Ren are a Wendigo and another kid at school is a dragon, oh and then there was that giant Kraken. With her aunts keeping a secret from her as they head into the woods, Sabrina the Teenage Witch #4 was set to answer questions that have built up of the last three issues.

In Sabrina the Teenage Witch #4 we get a more human Sabrina story, at least for a little bit. After her aunts Hilda and Zelda don’t come home from their exploration into the woods, Sabrina takes off to do her normal routine. That said, the high school in Greendale gets a little more complicated because of her impromptu-kiss with Ren last issue and her upcoming date with Harvey. All of this serves a nice distraction from the magical mishaps that the rest of Greendale – even the humans – are starting to notice.

With the all the trappings of a love triangle, I was starting to get frustrated that Sabrina’s head was taken up with boys and not the fact that the magical world is attacking her at every turn. But thankfully, Thompson uses the romance to ground Sabrina in typical teenage life while also making sure that Sabrina’s mind is focused on the task at hand by centering her date around the witch lore of Greendale and having her pick finding her aunts over watching boys fight over her.

I remain amazed by the ability of both Fish artists to create a vibrant world of bright and colors that pop while also presenting strong fantastical, if not slightly horrific images. There is often a misunderstanding that in order to showcase witchcraft the colors on the page can only be black and red. While those teen-goth images have their place, currently in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series, Sabrina the Teenage Witch #4 and the series as a whole have played in the witchy horror toy-box while maintaining a fantastic and at times psychedelic color palette that is beautifully bright.

When diving into the witchy world of Greendale, we get to see the vibrant and spooky world of witches that Harvey sees. The other special moments in Sabrina the Teenage Witch #4 comes from the magical girl-like moments in the very end of the issue. Not to mention I am still jealous of Sabrina’s wardrobe this issue.

Overall, with one issue left, Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a series you need to pick up. With Sabrina the Teenage Witch #4, Thompson writes a true teenage identity story while the artists, Veronica and Andy Fish, offer up a beautiful world to jump into, one of spooky fantasy and vibrant spells.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch #4 is available now.

Rating: 5/5