Evil Geek Book Report: Special Edition – Undiesofwondy’s Hall-O-Reads : The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Welcome, foolish mortals…
As autumn rolls its way through the Upstate region (even though it’s actually 95 degrees out as I write this — curse you global warming!) and the end of September draws nigh, the spooky season is now upon us! There’s nothing I love more than curling up with some chilling tales and a cup of tea during this time of year, so I decided to write up some of my favorites in what I like to call Undiesofwondy’s Hall-O Reads! So grab some cider donuts, light a candle, and gather ’round.
The first edition of Hall-O-Reads comes straight to you from the Archie Comics’ universe. Just this week, news broke that there was a new Sabrina the Teenage Witch series in development from the team that is currently bringing us the sexy goodness that is Riverdale. (For my review of Riverdale, click here — I highly suggest catching up on Netflix before the new season airs in early October.)
The series is said to be based on the ongoing comic title, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch , which I’ve heard great things about, and also a great many complaints, due to the fact that the people at Archie Comics have been publishing these books at a near glacial pace. But don’t get too mad at them, folks! They’re busy bringing us more Riverdale, so naturally, all is forgiven there. Well, at least from me.
Naturally, with all this Sabrina news, I decided to give the comic a try. I was a huge fan of the TGIF series growing up, and I’ve always loved the Archie Comics universe. I will, however, state first that this is not your TGIF Sabrina by a long shot. Much darker and with a slightly Satanic edge, this comic really pushes the edge on what you know to be the Archie Comics universe. You see familiar faces, such as Hilda, Zelda and Salem, but they’re definitely not the goofy characters you remember. I won’t spoil anything for you, but let’s just say Salem REALLY liked the ladies and Harvey isn’t the guy you remember.
The barebones plot of the comics is that Sabrina tries to navigate being a powerful half witch with her teenage lifestyle. On her sixteenth birthday, she must either accept her responsibility to become a witch, or be a mortal forever. Her father, Edward’s ex flame — aka Madam Satan, returns and is determined to wreak havoc and chaos on the Spellman family, by targeting the object of Sabrina’s affections — her beloved Harvey.
I’ve yet to read Afterlife with Archie, but I noticed that it definitely ties into that story as well, so I may give that a chance too, but I will say that the Riverdale gang plays a significant role in Sabrina’s story as well. Basically, if you ever wanted to see Betty and Veronica summon a demon, this is definitely the comic for you!
Additionally, the art is absolutely gorgeous, and some of the variant covers are super cool. My personal favorite cover is one that mirrors the movie poster for Carrie. I love the classic look of the characters and the simplistic style used throughout the comics, that pays homage to the 1950’s-1960’s era that the comic takes place in.
Issues 1-8 are currently available, with the series itself beginning in 2014. I was able to pick up all of the issues at once (shout out to the amazing crew at Earthworld Comics in Albany — who I swore by even before they decided to pay me regularly, for the record…) and will anxiously be waiting for the next installment, which is set to hit comic shops in December of this year!
I will say that this story is super accessible to someone who hasn’t read Archie in a number of years, aside from the Riverdale tie in comics — and is a great spooky read to get you in the mood for this season.
That’s all for this edition of Undiesofwondy’s Hall-O-Reads, stay tuned for some more spooky reading suggestions from your favorite spooky, scary, Evil Geek!
Be sure to tweet me @undiesofwondy , or leave a comment here for your Hall-O-Reads suggestions and to let me know what you all think of mine.
Hey Evil Geeks! It’s almost Halloween time and things are starting to get spookier than usual. Joining Big Evil, C-Mart, Greekimus Prime, and Undies of Wondy are John Skipp and Andrew Kasch, the brains behind “This Means War”, one of the shorts in the new horror anthology film Tales of Halloween; which was just released in theaters and on VOD on October 16th! We talk movies, the strange and fleeting popularity of the Guitar Hero franchise, plus a healthy dose of The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow!
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Hey there, Evil Geeks. Halloween is just around the corner and let’s face it; the Austin Powers costume you’ve been wearing every year since the 7th grade stopped being funny right around the time we got that whole Y2K thing ironed out. It’s time to elevate your costume game to the next level. You want something that’s going to stand out in a sea of bros wearing Obama or Trump masks. That’s where our friends at Wholesale Halloween Costumes can help you out! Stop wearing lame costumes and learn how to make yourself up like one of the War Boys from Mad Max: Fury Road! Check out this video to learn how. Of course, if you REALLY want to take this costume to its fullest potential, you’re going to have to grab a chainsaw and an arc welder, then start attaching parts of the futon in your parents basement to the hood of an El Camino. Sadly, we don’t have a tutorial video for that. Yet.
Stay shiny, Evil Geeks!
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Have you all woken up from your candy and alcohol induced comas? Good! Welcome back to another edition of the spookiest, scariest, and most dastardly column on the internet….the Villain Spotlight! I figured since Halloween is on a Thursday this year, that we could stretch it out just one more day to Friday. I was wracking my brain and trying to come up with something appropriate for you all, and came across someone I am surprised I haven’t mentioned or spotlighted before. A real man made of the stuff nightmares are afraid of, a bag of acid and bile that haunts your mind with visions of terrifying terribleness, and man who eats fear like it’s so much candy. Ladies and Ghouls, I present to you…..Oogie Boogie!!
The Evil Geeks celebrate FIFTY MOTHAF%&#ING SHOWS in Halloween style!!! We’re dropping a Howl-oween special on you to commemorate this milestone with a Top Five Live. The Evil Lair is packed this time as Arthur, Big Evil, C-Mart, Lilith Assisi (making her podcast debut!!!), and Kang count down their 5 favorite mad scientists. Thanks to all for sticking with us for 50, hope you like the next 50 just as much! Enjoy our spoooooooky Halloween Special.
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Happy Halloween you heathens!! Welcome back my beauties to another edition of Horrors! Between stalking the night as Batman in Arkham Origins and slaving away for the man 8-5, it’s been a very busy week for the Harkness household. An impending baptism of my niece has been taking up a lot of time as I have been going through cleansing rituals in order to be able to step inside the church for more than an hour without bursting into flames. It has made it slightly difficult to get some stuff done for you guys, but like a true believer, I have been slaving away in the wee hours of the morning and trying to come up with something fun for this Halloween spectacular, and by spectacular I mean pretty much the normal amount of words, but with more fanfare. So let’s blister this asshole.