Friday, February 19, 2016

Can Archie Survive a Date with Sabrina the Teenage Witch?

I just finished reading BETTY AND VERONICA COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #241, which features the latest chapter of the "Many Loves of Archie Andrews." This is an ambitious 10-part series of short stories that's been appearing at the beginning of each of the BETTY AND VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST comic books. Each chapter features a story involving Archie Andrews and some romantic misadventure. Stories so far have included Betty & Veronica, Noelle Claus, Valerie Smith, and Cheryl Blossom.

If you are like me, you were probably a bit confused when Sabrina the Teenage Witch was included in the list of eight girls who nominated Archie in Teen Vague's annual "Best Boyfriend of the Year" contest way back in BETTY & VERONICA HALLOWEEN ANNUAL #237. Lots of my online Archie friends were also confused by Sabrina's inclusion in this event. I mean, none of us could remember a time when the two had even dated!!

It seems that Betty and Veronica are equally clueless in this story. They kick off "Witch Way Out" -- which incidentally features story & pencils by Dan Parent, inks by Rick Koslowski, letters by Jack Morelli, and colors by Glenn Whitmore -- grousing about Archie's wandering eye -- and then wondering why Archie never chased after Sabrina!

This reminds Archie of the day sometime last year when he and Sabrina briefly dated! It was a bit of a rebound situation, actually. Archie was tired of watching Betty and Veronica arguing over him and Sabrina was tired of fighting with Harvey about something. So naturally, the witch and the redhead decided to try each other out for size -- but only after Archie meets Aunts Hilda and Zelda! (And presumably survives the experience!!)

The news of Sabrina's new mortal boyfriend went over like a lead balloon with her aunts -- which is actually possible in the Spellman household, given enough magic and incentive! Sabrina actually made a good point when Hilda asked her why she refused to date a young warlock. "I go to a mortal school! There aren't any warlocks to choose from!"

Which is an excellent point! If Hilda and Zelda are such anti-human bigots, why don't they enroll Sabrina in a private school for magic boys and girls? Maybe this has been explored before in the comic books. My history with Sabrina the Teenage Witch is pretty much limited to Reversedale, Melissa Joan Hart, and Archie Horror. So I'd appreciate any insight in the comments section!

Anyway, Aunt Hilda didn't really like Archie...

Archie was swift enough to figure out in three pages what Harvey never quite realized in 50 years of comic book history: Sabrina and her aunts are witches! Can Archie cope with a witchy girlfriend, or will her family chase him out the door?

Find out for certain when you get your own copy of BETTY AND VERONICA COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #241! Also, there are tons of classic reprint stories featuring Betty, Veronica, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, plus Little Betty and Little Veronica!

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