The Conjuring: The Lover #2
Written by David L Johnson-McGoldrick, Rex Ogle and Che Grayson
Art by Garry Brown and Juan Ferreyra
Colors by Mike Spicer
Letters by Becca Carey
The Rundown: Jess tries to fit in at school, but there is a dark shadow looming over her life.
Jess continues to feel lonely and isolated. It doesn’t help that she continues to feel haunted by a dark presence everywhere she goes. Her loneliness causes her to reach out to her old friend who assures her that things are going to be alright and that she needs to open herself up to new experiences. Something she decides to do when Kyle invites her to a party.
Unfortunately, things don’t get any better when she’s around other people and the dark voice in her head gets louder and more dangerous causing her to lash out. After an awkward encounter with Kyle, Jessica decides to leave, but walking home alone carries its own terrors and the shapes she keeps seeing make her question her own sanity. Something that will come to a head when the voices and dark shapes begin to push her to do something deadly.
The second story features a woman in search of a wedding dress for her big day. When a mystery woman points her to one she connects with, she looks at the label and begins to learn more about the previous owner including the massacre she performed the day before her wedding.
The Story: The main story is well crafted, fun and full of tension and surprises. There are great moments throughout and I like the fact that it is building to something. The second story is straightforward and brilliantly written in both its plotting and tone.
The Art: Both stories are beautifully illustrated. Brown’s story is enhanced by the dark shadows throughout his visuals and the second story is perfectly captured in the detailed drawings of Ferreyra.