DC Horror’s The Conjuring Comic Expands Another Chapter in the Spooky Universe

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DC Horror’s The Conjuring Comic Expands Another Chapter in the Spooky Universe
The Conjuring: The Lover variant cover by Ryan Brown transforms the comic into a retro VHS tape.
Crop of Ryan Brown’s variant cover for The Conjuring: The Lover
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If you’ve seen The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do Itnow in theaters and on HBO Maxyou’ll recall the sequence where Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) investigate the brutal murder of a woman named Katie (Andrea Andrade). It seems to echo the movie’s main case in which a man claims demonic possession drove him to kill. A new comic miniseries The Conjuring: The Lover digs more into that storyline, offering a prequel to the events seen in the film while also helping kick off the new DC Horror imprint.

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In fact, The Conjuring: The Lover is DC Horror’s first miniseries; it’ll run five issues and the first is out now digitally and in comic book stores. If you’re curious, it doesn’t feel like a hasty Warner Bros. tie-in; it’s co-written by the guy who wrote The Conjuring 2 and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, along with Rex Ogle (Free Lunch, Death of Wolverine: Life After Logan, Teen Titans). The art is by Garry Brown (Babyteeth) with main cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz, a VHS homage variant cover by Ryan Brown, and a “1-in-25 ‘ratio’ variant cover” by Garry Brown.

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To flesh out the tale of Katie, stabbed 22 times by her friend Jessica (Ingrid Bisu), The Conjuring: The Lover jumps back in the timeline a bit to take us to Connecticut’s Danvers University, where Jessica is reluctantly returning to study at the urging of her mother, who also nudges her about finding a boyfriend. However, Jessica seems rather sweet on Katie, something that’s made very clear as the story continues, which makes the fact that she’d eventually kill her all the more puzzling. Or it would, if the comic didn’t also show us the sinister influence of the occultist (played by Eugenie Bondurant in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It), who’s in the business of poisoning peoples’ minds in the name of making them perform ritual sacrifice. In fact, let’s back it up again. Here are the first couple pages of the comic, which make the fact that this is a horror tale abundantly clear.

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