Sunday, April 16, 2017

Archie Comics: Next Issue of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Finally Coming in July 2017 // No Word on Next Issue of AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE

Archie Comics recently issued its annual "we-haven't-forgotten-about-Archie-Horror" news story (previous example here and here) this week. CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #6 was published back in July 2016 and AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #9 was published back in August 2016. Since then, it's been quiet from the publisher even though these are two of the publisher's hottest book.

That said, we learned that CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #7 is finally scheduled for publication in July 2017. It's been so long since the last issue saw print that I don't really remember what happened with issue #6, but I learned from CBR that issue #7 will focus on the origin of Edward Spellman -- Sabrina's father -- and will help launch a new story arc titled "Witch War":
“This issue ended up being our biggest one yet — a double issue — and really, it’s a pitch-black origin story,” Aguirre-Sacasa said in a statement to CBR. “Edward Spellman, Sabrina’s father, is a major player in our universe and in the ‘Witch War’ storyline — I mean, he had control of Harvey’s body! — and Robert [Hack] and I sort of realized that… we didn’t really know who Edward was. We’d gotten glimpses of him here and there, but nothing in depth. How did he join the Church of Night? Why did he become a conjuror? How did he end up banished to hell — who sent him there? All of this was unchartered territory. So we gave ourselves the room to really peel back the layers in — what I think — is our most gruesome and horrific issue yet; it’s a true horror story. And, by the way, it’s a great jumping on place for new readers — a perfect primer. And hey, it allowed Robert to draw lots and lots of different demons, which is also a bonus!..” 
“I’m so excited for folks to finally see the craziness we’ve been cooking up,” Hack said. “It’s disturbingly awesome in the best ways possible. And personally, I think that ‘Sabrina’ #7 (and #8, which we are working on now) has some of my best work on the series so far — and certainly has some of my favorite WTF moments.”
The CBR article indicated that Aguirre-Sacasa and Hack are working hard right now on issues #8 and #9, so there should be such a huge gap between issues. I've heard that story before.

Meanwhile, there's no mention of AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #10, which is in the middle of a multi-issue story line already. I just want to know what happens to Betty in that book before my son graduates from high school. That's my life goal right now.

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