The Conjuring: The Lover #3
Written by David L Johnson-McGoldrick, Rex Ogle and Tim Seeley
Art by Garry Brown and Kelley Jones
Colors by Mike Spicer and Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Becca Carey
The Rundown: Jessica searches for answers as the dark forces stalking her grow stronger.
Jessica finds herself alone at school when the dark forces that are stalking her cause her to almost kill her roommate. With no one to turn to, the visions she’s having force her to look for help from the campus library. Unfortunately, the librarian turns out to be someone with her own agenda and Jessica will find herself doing something desperate as the evil around her comes for her.
In a second story, a doctor comes to a dark realization about the child he delivered and the toy that was given to him. A revelation that causes death and destruction whenever the toy plays, but also reveals the darkness within the child itself.
The Story: The first story does two things really well. It finds an organic way to tie into the Conjuring universe and its characters without being too obvious and it finds a way to develop its character in a way where you care about what is happening to her. The writing is great and the story has a pace that allows for the horror to be spontaneous and entertaining. The second story is delightfully dark and entertaining in its own ways. Seeley does a great job of giving the story a series of beats that draw you in and delight you when executed.
The Art: Garry Brown has a great classic style that is reminiscent of early horror comics in the best way. The exaggerated panels and dark shadows are brilliant. Kelley Jones does amazing work with the second story and the are is filled with great details throughout.