Good news for fans who enjoyed The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina when it launched last October - the series will actually see a second issue later this year! According to a report on Entertainment Weekly, Archie plans to launch a new Archie Horror imprint that will encompass Sabrina, Afterlife with Archie, and an as-yet-unnamed third title. Archie Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said that the imprint came together organically after launching Sabrina, and that it would embody core Archie Comics values like putting out comics more than once per year. On that note, he had an apology for readers:
I could give you a dozen excuses, and none of them are really good. We really really wanted to launch the book at New York Comic-Con because it was close to Halloween. In retrospect, we should’ve delayed the launch to get a few issues in the can. There’s no excuse, and there will never be a delay like there was been between Sabrina 1 and 2. Like, never. We are very, very lucky that we have an incredibly passionate and understanding fan base that is eager for the book.
Objection! Leading the witness! Passionate and understanding are the last words I'd use to describe the fanbase of comics. Just look at the comments of any of the articles we published in the last week!
Both The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2 and Afterlife with Archie #8 (#7 was released in September) will release in "the spring," as part of the launch of the imprint. Here's a preview of both:
UPDATE: A press release we just received contains the exact release dates:
Archie Comics is proud to announce that the acclaimed AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE and CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA series will be returning -- under the new ARCHIE HORROR imprint -- to comic store shelves this Spring.
The much-anticipated second issue of THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack will be hitting store shelves on April 15th, followed by AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #8 -- an issue inspired by "The Shining" -- by Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla on May 6th.
In speaking on the return of the series, Aguirre-Sacasa teased the debut of a third series in the Archie Horror line and spoke of the fan response to the titles: “[The Archie Horror books] have prompted the best work of our careers,” says Aguirre-Sacasa. “To take these iconic characters and reimagine them and place them in situations they’ve never been in before—it’s a blast, and I’m glad people are responding to it.”