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Review: Babyteeth #18

Babyteeth #18 is the calm before battle as our team takes a moment to reflect, relax, and assess where things stand.

Story: Donny Cates
Art: Garry Brown
Color: Mark Englert
Letterer: Taylor Esposito

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The Conjuring: The Lover #1 Scares Up a Second Printing

The Conjuring: The Lover #1DC Horror’s terrifying tie-in to The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (available to watch now on HBO Max!) has terrified fans and critics alike. The spooky summer hit, written by David L. Johnson-McGoldrick and Rex Ogle, with art by Garry Brown, has gone into a second printing and will be back in stores July 13th with a new variant cover from artist Garry Brown.

And Conjuring fans won’t want to miss the back-up story from writer Scott Snyder and artist Denys Cowan, “Tales From The Artifact Museum: The Ferryman.” Each of the five issues in The Conjuring: The Lover’s run dives into the mysteries of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s haunted artifact room.

The Conjuring: The Lover expands the tragic story of Jessica, a college freshman returning to campus after winter break who soon comes to realize that something evil has made her its target, and it will not rest until it has her in its unholy grip. The Conjuring: The Lover is a fantastic expansion on the lore and universe of New Line and Warner Bros. The Conjuring franchise, and a love letter to horror pulps.

Read our review of the first issue.

The Conjuring: The Lover #1

Exclusive Preview: Babyteeth #19

BABYTEETH #19

Writer: Donny Cates 
Artist: Garry Brown 
Colorist: Mark Englert 
Letterer: Taylor Esposito 
Cover: Garry Brown and Mark Englert
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 07.07.21

The penultimate issue! 

The only thing Sadie has left is family. So, what happens when Heather heads out into the apocalypse to get revenge alone? Time is running out for the Ritter clan.

BABYTEETH #19

Review: The Conjuring: The Lover #1

The Conjuring: The Lover #1
The Conjuring: The Lover #1

The closest thing Horror has to a Marvel Universe, as of the time of this writing, is The Conjuring universe. It’s a fascinating development, how a horror franchise that claims to be based on true events has carved a space for itself in the crowded shared universe arena. From Annabelle to The Nun, each film adds to the number of evil entities that inhabit its world while showing how they can later influence future hauntings. Naturally, each new nightmare requires its own story, a circumstance that led to the horror series’ first foray into comics in the form of The Conjuring: The Lover.

Written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Rex Ogle, with Garry Brown (Babyteeth) on art, The Conjuring: The Lover #1 follows a college student named Jessica that is struggling to make her college grades match her mother’s expectations while also dealing with romantic frustrations, loneliness, and a dark entity that’s taken an interest in her. Clearly, Jessica isn’t having much fun in college.

Whether it’s an actual person conjuring evil spirits to oppress Jessica or an inhuman thing out to make her suffer remains to be seen, but the comic captures that sense of dread horror can excel at by presenting Jessica as an already conflicted character that’s ripe for the taking by someone or something that wants to corrupt her.

The script is smart enough to pace the scares out accordingly, without leaning too heavy on the terror in this first issue. There’s the promise of paranormal activity, but just what it is that’s lurking in the shadows isn’t revealed yet and it makes for a more engrossing read. It helps that Jessica’s own personal demons are ever-present as well. Her fears and anxieties feed into the atmosphere the comic creates and offers a kind of hint as to what will latch onto her very being.

Garry Brown’s pencils prove to be adept at capturing the finer details in horror so as to allow the power of suggestion to guide readers into filling in the dark spaces. It invites close inspection of the comics page. I was always on the lookout for a ghost hand creeping around a corner or a set of yellow eyes dimly glowing deep within the shadows. Brown is flexing all the right muscles here and is letting everyone know he can do horror with the best of them.

The Conjuring: The Lover #1

The Conjuring: The Lover #1 also includes a back-up story written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Denys Cowan centered on one of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s old cases, titled “The Ferryman.” It’s a brief but well executed homage to classic horror that follows a boy that steals a coin from the corpse of an old woman during a funeral service. By violating the unwritten rules of an ancient practice that secures a dead person’s passage into the afterlife, the character goes through the motions of a lifelong haunting that stands as a lesson to readers on the dangers of messing with the business of the dead.

And then there are the short fake ads for haunted and possessed items. They resemble the ads found in old horror magazines, but they’re given here a darkly comedic twist in which the punchline lies not just in the sales pitch but also in the fine print. They’re illustrated by Dave Johnson and are so fun to read that I wish Johnson would make an entire book based on these fake ads.

The Conjuring universe has a very successful first outing in its hands with “The Lover.” It comes off as an organic extension of the franchise and its own brand of horror. There’s a lot to look forward to in each issue knowing just how much is squeezed into one comic. It’s quite the horror package and it feels as if it can’t wait to show us even more terrible things for our viewing pleasure.

Writers: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Rex Ogle, Scott Snyder
Art: Garry Brown, Denys Cowan, Dave Johnson
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0
Recommendation: Buy and pray that demon Nun doesn’t go to the same church as you do.


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The Conjuring: The Lover #1

Preview: DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: The Lover #1

DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: The Lover #1

Written by: Rex Ogle, Scott Snyder, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick
Art by: Denys Cowan, Garry Brown, Dave Johnson

The terrifying debut of the tie-in to The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It begins here, with a story that’s bursting at the seams with clues about the new film. Meet Jessica. Jessica just returned to her freshman year of college after winter break, bringing with her the anxieties of last semester’s poor grades, the awkwardness of facing a boy she wishes she’d never slept with, and an undeniably unnerving feeling of being watched. She soon comes to realize that something evil made her its target, and it will not rest until it has her in its unholy grip. But why did this sinister presence set its sights on a seemingly normal college freshman? Read this nerve-racking tale, creepily crafted by Conjuring screenwriter David L. Johnson-McGoldrick and Rex Ogle with heart-stopping art from Garry Brown and chill-inducing covers by Bill Sienkiewicz, to find out!

DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: The Lover #1

Get a First Look at DC Horror’s The Conjuring: The Lover

On June 1, DC is launching its all-new DC Horror imprint with The Conjuring: The Lover, a five-issue monthly limited series, which serves as a prelude to the highly anticipated New Line Cinema film, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, arriving in theatres and exclusively on HBO Max Friday, June 4.

Here’s your first look at some interior pages from issue #1 by series artist Garry Brown.

This dark and haunting mystery is co-written by Daniel Johnson-McGoldrick and Rex Ogle. The prelude introduces college student Jessica, a college freshman returning to campus after winter break, bringing with her the anxieties of last semester’s poor grades, the awkwardness of facing a boy she wishes she’d never slept with, and an undeniably unnerving feeling of being watched.

Jessica soon comes to realize that something evil has made her its target, and it will not rest until it has her in its unholy grip. But why did this sinister presence set its sights on a seemingly normal college freshman?

The Conjuring: The Lover will also feature backup stories that further explore the mysteries of the dreaded artifact room of Ed and Lorraine Warren from The Conjuring Universe. Issue #1 contains a bloodcurdling story exploring the frightening origin of one of the items from the Warrens’ haunted artifact room, written by comics superstar Scott Snyder, with art by Denys Cowan.

Review: Babyteeth #17

Babyteeth #17 has been a long time coming but it works as a jumping-on point for new readers while long-time fans will enjoy returning to the world.

Story: Donny Cates
Art: Garry Brown
Color: Mark Englert
Letterer: Taylor Esposito

Get your copy in comic shops! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Kindle
comiXology
Zeus Comics


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Preview: King in Black: Scream #1

King in Black: Scream #1

(W) Clay McLeod Chapman (A) Garry Brown (CA) Inhyuk Lee
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 24, 2021
SRP: $4.99

SCREAM RETURNS!
• Andi Benton has faced other symbiotes before, but never has she faced the power and might of KNULL himself!
• Does SCREAM have what it takes to put a dent in Knull’s symbiotic armor?
• Or is this the end for SCREAM?

King in Black: Scream #1

Preview: X-Force #18

X-Force #18

(W) Ben Percy (A) Garry Brown (CA) Joshua Cassara
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Mar 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

WELCOME TO THEIR NIGHTMARES!
QUENTIN QUIRE returns to Krakoa to find a nightmare creature wreaking havoc on X-Force. But what deadly secrets are X-Force hiding…and who’s trying to unearth them?

X-Force #18
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