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DC Comics is ready to scare this summer with a new imprint, DC HORROR. To make its launch even more terrifying, the 17+ imprint will debut a limited series connected to The Conjuring franchise.
The Conjuring: The Lover is a five-issue monthly limited series that sets up New Line Cinema’s next installment in The Conjuring franchise — The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.
The series is co-written by The Conjuring 2 and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and New York Times best-selling author Rex Ogle. It will feature art by Garry Brown (Babyteeth), main cover art from Bill Sienkiewicz (New Mutants, Moon Knight) and a variant cover by Ryan Brown (Dark Nights: Death Metal). Series artist Garry Brown will also offer a 1-in-25 “ratio” variant cover.
Issue No. 1 will be available in stores and digitally on June 1, while Issue No. 2 will be available on July 6.
“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,” said Marie Javins, DC editor-in-chief, in a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter. “DC HORROR continues this tradition with new frightening tales from both well-known and new storytellers that will keep fans spooked and entertained.”
The series will follow Jessica, a college freshman returning to campus after winter break, who is grappling with anxieties over last semester’s poor grades, facing a boy she wishes she’d never slept with, and an undeniably unnerving feeling of being watched.
For Conjuring fans fascinated and terrified by the dreaded artifact room of Ed and Lorraine Warren, more stories await with this new series as well. The first issue will feature a backup story exploring the frightening origin of one of the items from the Warrens’ haunted artifact room, written by Dark Nights: Death Metal creator Scott Snyder, with art by Denys Cowan (Hardware, The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage). In the series’ second issue, writer Che Grayson (Bitch Planet: Triple Feature) and artist Juan Ferreyra (Green Arrow) provide another tale of a cursed item from the artifact room.
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Sterling K. Brown