It was launched in a flurry of publicity off the back of Afterlife With Archie. Issue 1 of The Chilling Tales Of Sabrina, Teenage Witch was a hit in October and November 8th's issue 2 was eagerly awaited, promising the secret history her enemy, Madam Satan, and a rather racy scene, considering the publisher.
But now it is January and of issue 2, there is no sign. Currently issues 2 and 3 are designated by Diamond Comic Distributors as shipping on the "TBD" date, issue 4 on the 14th of January and issue 5 on the 4th of February. No solicitation was listed for March. I'm guessing those last two days will change pretty sharpish.
Afterlife With Archie also suffered delays due in part to the writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa working on the TV pilot for Riverdale, and a car accident that the artist Francesco Francavilla was in.
Aguirre-Sacasa is also the writer on Sabrina, though the artists is Robert Hack. Despite being solicited, Rachel Deering is no longer working on the series.
The Sabrina Facebook page is currently full to busting with people asking where the comic book is, with some pointing out,
Warren Wise It's quite possible the delay has already killed Sabrina. I know of two people at my LCS who have already dropped it because of the delay. I came here one last time to see if there was an update. Since there isn't, I'm dropping it. That's three sales the series has lost in a small Texas town. I have to imagine the same is going on elsewhere.
They're both really challenging books to write and create and produce. Both Francesco Francavilla, the artist on Afterlife, and Robert Hack, the artist on Sabrina, produce the art on their titles singlehandedly. And I write both books, on top of my other duties, so scheduling is slippery, to say the least.
And we know it can be a bit — more than a bit — frustrating for our fans, whom we love. But really, it is because we're absolutely trying to make every single issue special and a work of art.
But Bleeding Cool reached out and Roberto told us,
"It takes longer to produce these issues than most comic books—Robert, like Francesco, is responsible for all the art and coloring—and the last couple of months, I've had my focus split between writing the books and writing the pilot for 'Riverdale,' which can be a fairly all-consuming process. That said, 'Riverdale' is in great shape as it goes into Fox—fingers-crossed, everyone's really excited about it—and now, the priority is getting 'Sabrina' and 'Afterlife' out on a regular schedule—that's my New Year's resolution and pledge for the fans and retailers."
What a great resolution!
Basically… they're coming. But a fourth issue in eleven days is very unlikely indeed…