Beginning this summer, DC comics is launching DC HORROR, a 17+ imprint from DC and Warner Bros. branded to “deliver a new level of suspense and terror guaranteed to have fans reading with the lights on, even in the daytime.” The new imprint will launch with The Conjuring: The Lover, a tie-in to the film franchise based on the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren.
“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. “DC HORROR continues this tradition with new frightening tales from both well-known and new storytellers that will keep fans spooked and entertained.”
The five-issue limited series will provide some set-up for the upcoming The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It which is set for release in theaters and on HBO Max on June 4, 2021.
David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, screenwriter of The Conjuring 2 and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, co-wrote the comics with author Rex Ogle (Free Lunch). Art is provided by Garry Brown with cover art from Bill Sienkiewicz. The synopsis reads as follows:
Jessica, a college freshman, returns 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 series will also take readers into the mysterious and terrifying Warren Artifact Room.
Issue #1 of The Conjuring: The Lover will be available in comic stores and on digital platforms on June 1, 2021 with Issue #2 following on July 6, 2021.
Additional titles for the new DC HORROR imprint will be announced in July with an eye on publishing in October 2021!