11:48am PT by Graeme McMillan
Archie Comics to Launch 'Sabrina' Horror Series in October
Clearly, the zombie apocalypse was just the beginning. Archie Comics will follow the surprise success of Afterlife with Archie with a rebooted version of Sabrina The Teenage Witch that focuses on the horror aspects of the concept.
Series writer and Archie Comics chief creative officer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, first mentioned the new series in conversation with THR in March, but USA Today has more information about the series ahead of its October launch.
Sabrina will be a period title taking place in the 1960s time period of her original appearance, which Aguirre-Sacasa describes as "a compelling, surprising, emotional story that's perhaps scarier and more grown-up than what we've seen before with these characters." The character’s magical background will be a secret from her friends, and one that comes with "dire, deadly consequences" if anyone uncovers it -- as someone will by the end of the first issue.
According to the writer, the series will be a love letter to horror movies like Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist and The Little Girl who Lives Down the Lane, with monsters that are “going to be more diabolical” than the mindless hordes of the hit Afterlife title.
Sabrina will be illustrated by Robert Hack, with Afterlife with Archie artist Francesco Francavilla providing an alternate cover for the first issue. The first issue will be available in comic stores and digitally in October, and available for pre-order within the next month.