Archie Comics has a trio of bad witches heading Sabrina’s way in June in The Wicked Trinity, and The Beat scored an exclusive first look at some of the art for the book. 

Written by Sam Maggs and with art by Lisa Sterle, the one-shot features colors by Ellie Wright and letters from Jack Morelli. Sterle provides the main cover and Soo Lee offers a variant. 

The Wicked Trinity one-shot cover
Sterle cover for The Wicked Trinity

Read the synopsis and statement from Maggs here:

There’s a whole coven of trouble in store for Archie Comics readers this June! A trio of witches with vengeance and power on their minds hits the halls of Greendale High, Sabrina Spellman’s stomping grounds, in THE WICKED TRINITY, an all-new one-shot comic book written by Sam Maggs with art by Lisa Sterle.

Sabrina’s magical nemesis Amber Nightstone and her sidekicks, Jade Kazane and Sapphire Gill, are intent on becoming the most powerful witches in the world. Isolated from so many around them, the three have formed a coven based on their individual needs for vengeance and true freedom. But when there is some dissent among the ranks, their small coven is threatened to be obliterated from within.

“Real witches writing real witches — that’s how we do things over at Archie Comics!” Maggs said. I was named after a famous witch — Samantha from Bewitched — and so I grew up absolutely obsessed with everything witchcraft, devouring every book series I could about teen witches. That makes WICKED TRINITY a dream project for me.”

The titular trinity — Amber Nightstone, Jade Kazane, and Sapphire Gill — debuted in Archie’s classic-look line of kids’ comics over the past year, where they embark on an ongoing plot to usurp the status of various magic-wielders. Their abilities and personalities reflect the elements from which they derive their powers: fire, wind, and water respectively. THE WICKED TRINITY will be their first appearance in Archie’s line of comics for older readers.

“When Editor-In-Chief Mike Pellerito came up with the idea of the Wicked Trinity, I was immediately intrigued,” said Archie Comics Senior Director of Editorial Jamie L. Rotante. “I even had the good fortune to work on the script for Jade and Sapphire’s first appearance in last year’s SABRINA ANNUAL SPECTACULAR comic for younger readers. What I especially loved about these magical teens is that they could seamlessly transcend from classic-Archie stories into more mature, even horror stories. I was eager to start developing their world with a modern sensibility, taking cues from the great work of Kelly Thompson and Veronica Fish on our SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH series, and Sarah Kuhn and Carola Borelli on our recent DARKLING one-shot. Inspired by series like Charmed and films like The Craft, I knew there was so much potential to build up this coven in a story that beautifully blends magical fantasy with horror.”

The Wicked Trinity Soo Lee cover
Lee cover for The Wicked Trinity

Maggs told The Beat:

“When I tell you I almost cried when I found out who Archie Comics had signed up for art on this story, I’m being so for real. Lisa’s Modern Witch Tarot and Journal are in heavy rotation at my house and on my altar, and I feel so fortunate that she’s the one bringing our witches to life in this one-shot. There’s no one better suited to render the lives of magical teen girls in all their bad-ass glory than Lisa Sterle, and I keep pinching myself that this is really happening! Bright, colorful, and a little messed up. That’s the Archie Horror way, baby, and Lisa’s art fits the bill perfectly.”

The Wicked Trinity is on sale on June 12. Ahead of the release, check out an exclusive first look.