A lot of this issue is fantastic. Almost all of it. Except the ending and not even the hard cliffhanger, but how Aguirre-Sacasa gets there. The issue is about Sabrina’s baptism (with the Devil, of course) on her sixteenth birthday. Throughout the issue, Aguirre-Sacasa has been doing flashbacks to her talking to her aunts about it five years earlier. For the ceremony, he cuts in between an expository flashback and the modern actions. It’s a very traditional film technique.
And has no place in this (or possibly any) comic book. Of all the techniques Aguirre-Sacasa borrows (he puts some dialogue in parentheses like Bendis), borrowing a movie (and TV) technique just feels wrong. It stops the story and breaks Sabrina as a protagonist. Aguirre-Sacasa is skipping her in her ceremony.
Otherwise, the issue’s wonderful stuff. Beautiful artwork from Hack as well.
Aguirre-Sacasa’s just too crafty.
The Crucible, Chapter Three; Unholy Baptism; writer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; artist, Robert Hack; letterer, Jack Morelli; editor, Jamie Lee Rotante; publisher, Archie Comics.