DC launches new horror imprint with The Conjuring comic
Before superheroes were synonymous with comic books, one of the format's most popular genres was horror. The halcyon days of EC Comics remain a beacon to modern horror writers like Joe Hill, who a few years ago launched his own line of horror comics at DC. Now DC is taking its commitment to the genre even further with a new imprint called DC Horror, the first installment of which will be a comic tied to The Conjuring franchise.
The Conjuring: The Lover will be a five-issue limited series timed to the series' next installment, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (a.k.a The Conjuring 3 in case you missed the subtitle announcement). The comic is co-written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who penned the screenplay for the new film as well as The Conjuring 2, and comic writer Rex Ogle. The Conjuring: The Lover will feature interior art by Garry Brown (Babyteeth) and main cover art from the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz.
The main story of The Conjuring: The Lover will focus on Jessica, a college freshman returning to campus after winter break and struggling with poor grades and regrets about sleeping with a boy she wishes she hadn't. As if that weren't enough, Jessica also slowly realizes that "something evil" is watching her and targeting her... but why?
On top of the main narrative, each issue will also feature a backup story explaining one of the haunted objects in Ed and Lorraine Warren's iconic "artifact room." The first of these stories will be written by Scott Snyder (Dark Nights: Metal) and illustrated by Denys Cowan (Hardware), while the second issue will feature another written by Che Grayson (Bitch Planet: Triple Feature) and illustrated by Juan Ferreyra (Green Arrow).
"From early titles like House of Mystery and House of Secrets to current series featuring Swamp Thing and John Constantine: Hellblazer, DC has always been the home of great horror comics and characters," DC editor-in-chief Marie Javins said in a statement. "DC Horror continues this tradition with new frightening tales from both well-known and new storytellers that will keep fans spooked and entertained."
The Conjuring: The Lover #1 hits stores on June 4, the same day that The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It hits theaters and HBO Max. Talk about synergy! Below, check out variant covers from Ryan Brown and series artist Garry Brown, and stay tuned for more DC Horror titles to be announced for an October launch.