Archie Horror Returns to Comic Shops This Halloween With Madam Satan

Archie's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is getting a devilish companion comic this Halloween. As comics publishers across the industry plan for their post-lockdown return to slinging floppies, it seems that many have set their sights on October, celebrating both the Spooky Season and, appropriately, a terrifyingly uncertain return to (somewhat) normalcy. With IDW planning to scare comics readers with puns and DC digging old skeletons out of their closet for one final bite, it makes sense for Archie Comics, a company that has enjoyed success with its Archie Horror label, to return to your local comic with a spine-tingling tale. The title is Madam Satan, a one-shot from writer Eliot Rahal and artists Julius Ohta, Matt Herms, and Jack Morelli.

Madam Satan #1 cover. Credit: Archie Comics.
Madam Satan #1 cover. Credit: Archie Comics.

Here's how the company, for years fueled by tales of young women lusting after a ginger, pitches Madam Satan:

"We wanted to make sure that our first new title for the direct market this Fall was something retailers would be excited to present to customers old and new," said Archie Comics Co-President Alex Segura. "Playing in the world of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA felt like a surefire bet, and pairing two rising stars like Eliot and Julius ensures that readers get an essential and engaging story. We know fans are clamoring for more Archie Horror and this one-shot is just the beginning of new stories we can tell going forward."

Eliot Rahal, an indie writer who has recently paired with Vault Comics to release his creator-owned series Bleed Them Dry, dubbed, as only a comic book could be dubbed, "a vampire ninja tale," adds:

"For the past decade, I've been grinding it out in indy comics and some of the work I'm most proud of are my character-focused stories. My goal with this one-shot was to bring that level of attention to Madam Satan as a person (or demon/witch if you will)."

I can't speak for the masses, but I, personally, will. Rahal continues:

"I wanted to honor her and make it meaningful. The real hero is the artwork as Julias Ohta, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli bring Hell to life. I'm just so grateful to work alongside them and have this opportunity."

As far as the plot of the one-shot, there is more to be gleaned from the solicitation:

From the world of the hit series CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA comes MADAM SATAN. The Queen of Hell has had enough playing second fiddle to the Devil himself and is ready to take matters into her own hands! Will Madam Satan prove herself to be the most powerful being of the Underworld? Find out in this terrifying one-shot tale!

Madam Satan #1 cover. Credit: Archie Comics.
Madam Satan #1 cover. Credit: Archie Comics.

Madam Satan will be out on October 21st, just in time for Halloween, the one day of the year where everyone can agree that masks are appropriate.

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