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"The Conjuring: The Lover #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Horror

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Written by David L. Johnson-McGoldrick, Rex Ogle, and Scott Snyder
Illustrated by Garry Brown, Denys Cowan, and Dave Johnson
Colored by Mike Spicer and Chris Sotomayor
Lettered by Becca Carey
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 1st, 2021

Review:

With a new Conjuring film out in theaters and HBO Max, DC has launched a comic book tie-in as part of its new DC Horror imprint. The Conjuring: The Lover, centers on Jessica, a freshman in college returning after the winter break. Unfortunately, the time away didn't tone down the stress of college life between struggling with her grades, dealing with an annoying roommate, and a creepy guy that keeps hanging around. All that would be enough for anyone, yet Jessica can't shake the feeling that she's being watched. It turns out her instincts are correct...

The Conjuring: The Lover strikes on that same creepy tone that all the movies in this universe do. Jessica is a seemingly normal person that suddenly finds herself thrust into a world of horrifying possibilities, yet she doesn't know it yet. These forces are working around her and she's completely unaware. Writers David L. Johnson-McGoldrick and Rex Ogle handle this beautifully, setting an uneasy tone from the jump.

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Another element from the films that carries over to this comic is the subtle yet terrifying scares that seem to pop up out of nowhere. These aren't jump scares so much as a kind of wafting fright that comes in slowly. Artist Garry Brown lingers on a given angle, such as Jessica reading in the library, as darkness begins to creep in around her. It isn't until the last panel in the sequence that you see a pair of unsettling red eyes and a pale hand peeking out of the shadows. Then we flip the page and we're on to something else.

Colorist Mike Spicer strikes a nice balance between the bright colors of a typical college experience and the ominous shadows that seem to follow Jessica around. It shows how this is an otherwise normal setting filled with everyday people, yet something is a little off.

The difference in this medium is that we can focus in on these images for as long as we want. We control the pace we read, so we can analyze the figures in the darkness before moving on. Each time this happens, the tension is raised, building to a great cliffhanger that comes far too soon. That's my only real problem with this comic. The main story only takes up 11 pages, so it ends right when it really gets going.

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We do get a backup story looking at one of the items in Ed and Lorraine Warren's artifacts room. This one, “The Ferryman” from writer Scott Snyder, artist Denys Cowan, colorist Chris Sotomayor, and letterer Becca Carey, explores a familiar concept, yet in a new and frightening way. It's a bit exposition heavy as the main character tells his entire life story, but the tone shines through in unsettling fashion.

The Conjuring: The Lover is a great complement to the films and further explores this fascinating and horrifying universe. I'm a big fan of the movies, however you don't need to have seen them in order to enjoy this comic. If this is what we can expect from DC Horror, I'm eagerly looking forward to what else the imprint has in store for us.

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Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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