- Posted by Johanna on September 21, 2006 at 9:17 pm
- Category: Archie Comics
I’m astounded, in a good way, at what this comic is teaching its readers.
Sabrina, her boyfriend, her best friend, and the best friend’s boyfriend are plotting to overthrow their government. And this is shown as a good thing, because the authorities are lying to the public, keeping important secrets from them, and need to be stopped for the good of the realm.
I suspect writer and artist Tania del Rio is drawing from the manga tradition of stories about girls with previously unknown magical powers saving an empire in a fantasy kingdom — it’s just that her girl hero knows all about her abilities. In fact, there have been hints that she’s more powerful than anyone suspects.
Boyfriend Shinji knows that the accepted history, about Four Blades Day commemorating the capture and imprisonment of four traitors, is untrue, because his parents were two of the four martyrs. They weren’t traitors but loyalists, killed to prevent them revealing the queen’s secret. And how strange is that, to live in a place where your parents’ death is a national holiday?
There’s a whole page of the teacher going on about the official history while Sabrina thinks to herself what the true story is. It’s a direct lesson about the fallibility of authority and the need to think for oneself that concludes with Sabrina getting righteously angry about being lied to.
After a magical battle (the requisite power scene), the four teens commit to plans that will ensure, as Sabrina thinks on the last page, “nothing will ever be the same again.” They’re plotting treason in the great American tradition. And this is a kids’ comic.