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ABOUT DC HORROR PRESENTS: THE CONJURING: THE LOVER 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 he ABOUT DC HORROR PRESENTS: THE CONJURING: THE LOVER 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! The terrifying tie-in to The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is collected here in its entirety!


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ABOUT DC HORROR PRESENTS: THE CONJURING: THE LOVER 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 he ABOUT DC HORROR PRESENTS: THE CONJURING: THE LOVER 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! The terrifying tie-in to The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is collected here in its entirety!

30 review for DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: The Lover

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    I love horror so I was definitely intrigued by this. I didn’t feel like it added a whole lot with the main story The Devil Made Me Do It. I was hoping for a little more depth or unique pieces to the story. Jessica is returning to college but finds herself haunted by a voice no one else can hear. She wants to go home, but her mother insists she stays in college, but the evil voice only gets louder and louder. I did like the follow up stories about various artifacts from the Warren’s collection. I I love horror so I was definitely intrigued by this. I didn’t feel like it added a whole lot with the main story The Devil Made Me Do It. I was hoping for a little more depth or unique pieces to the story. Jessica is returning to college but finds herself haunted by a voice no one else can hear. She wants to go home, but her mother insists she stays in college, but the evil voice only gets louder and louder. I did like the follow up stories about various artifacts from the Warren’s collection. I thought overall those shorts were the best piece and would read more of those. I also liked the evil advertisements, but I thought there were so many they kind of turned into filler.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shannara

    I wanted to read this because I absolutely love the Conjuring universe and the Warrens. They’re all pretty scary and super interesting so I assumed this would be too… welp, you know what they say about people who assume things!!!… So, Jessica’s story really falls flat with me. The art is especially cringeworthy. The plot is all over the place and just not very intriguing. I kept glancing down to see how far I had left to read. Which is not a good thing. The ending was okay, but didn’t bring this I wanted to read this because I absolutely love the Conjuring universe and the Warrens. They’re all pretty scary and super interesting so I assumed this would be too… welp, you know what they say about people who assume things!!!… So, Jessica’s story really falls flat with me. The art is especially cringeworthy. The plot is all over the place and just not very intriguing. I kept glancing down to see how far I had left to read. Which is not a good thing. The ending was okay, but didn’t bring this up very much. So Jessica’s portion of the book is 2 1/2 stars rounded down. Then there are a few stories on the artifacts that the Warrens have collected over the years and that part is great!! Very succinct and creepy and I’m finding myself hoping for more of those stories in the future. I would even go through another story to get to the artifact tales. They were just very entertaining!! Five stars for that portion. Since Jessica’s section takes up the majority of the book, I chose three stars for the book overall. I would be all into a whole graphic novel of the artifact tales!! I don’t recommend the first part since it wasn’t all that great, but the artifact stories were awesome and I highly recommend those!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Hmm. My scores for the individual issues means I should round this up to a 3 but it's really not something I overall "liked." The main downside of not having half stars here, I suppose. Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 2.55 Hmm. My scores for the individual issues means I should round this up to a 3 but it's really not something I overall "liked." The main downside of not having half stars here, I suppose. Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 2.55

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    "Don’t try to fight it, Jessica. A demon’s been promised a soul… and it can’t go back to hell without one." Ed and Lorraine Warren have lived very weird and bizarre lives. Coming face to face with pure evil and sending it back to where it belongs. It’s honestly what nightmares are made of. The Conjuring movies are some of my favorites. They get under your skin and make you feel uneasy. You get that feeling as if you’re being watched and then the hair stands up on the back of your neck. So I was ex "Don’t try to fight it, Jessica. A demon’s been promised a soul… and it can’t go back to hell without one." Ed and Lorraine Warren have lived very weird and bizarre lives. Coming face to face with pure evil and sending it back to where it belongs. It’s honestly what nightmares are made of. The Conjuring movies are some of my favorites. They get under your skin and make you feel uneasy. You get that feeling as if you’re being watched and then the hair stands up on the back of your neck. So I was excited to finally read this. Oh, I also loved to be scared. I hate to say this but this was kind of a disappointment. Okay, scratch that. This was a disappointment. The stories were just plain boring and none of it was interesting. The art wasn’t even that great. Some of it was too dark and not eye-catching at all. I wanted evil! I wanted disturbing! I wanted blood and guts! *yawn* The Conjuring: The Lover was quite the snooze-fest. The creepy, pulp looking ads were the best part about this graphic novel and you didn’t get to see those until the end. I’m sad that I didn’t love this as much as I thought I would. Kind of glad that I didn’t waste money in this and I would stick with the movies in my opinion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    brianna

    the horror serve of the century !

  6. 5 out of 5

    danielle

    that was such a trip im obsessed

  7. 4 out of 5

    E.R. Griffin

    The Devil Made Me Do It is the weakest of the Conjuring movies, so I’m not surprised this wasn’t entirely captivating. Jessica’s story in these five comics is nothing you can’t infer by watching the movie. That said I liked the overall situation. But I found these comics thin in plot. Nothing new is added.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Parker J

    I'm sorry but this was so bad I'm sorry but this was so bad

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bengali Girl

    I am huge fan of the horror genre and have seen all the Warren movies. So, I was delighted to read this book. It goes over some of the artifacts the Warrens collected over the years and it was really good. I love the random inserts of advertisements for dark magic and the occult. I hope there is sequel to this. I would love to read more about the other artifacts and their backstory. Thank you #NetGalley and DC comics for giving me the opportunity to read this.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Review to come.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christian

    The macabre mailer ads and the art were the only things that really worked in this book. Reading this in one sitting made the end of issue cliffhangers really obnoxious. I like that there’s a push for DC horror, I just hope for stuff that’s better than this.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gem

    The Lover is about a college student named Jessica who just needs a freaking break. Between bad grades, poor social life, creeping anxiety and on top of it something is just wrong. She feels watched and it’s only a matter of time before the demonic entity tears her life apart. Overall I liked this graphic novel. I like the well placed use of the dark space and the dynamic and urgency in shading in the tense scenes, that added to the eerie atmosphere of the story. The little fake demonic advertise The Lover is about a college student named Jessica who just needs a freaking break. Between bad grades, poor social life, creeping anxiety and on top of it something is just wrong. She feels watched and it’s only a matter of time before the demonic entity tears her life apart. Overall I liked this graphic novel. I like the well placed use of the dark space and the dynamic and urgency in shading in the tense scenes, that added to the eerie atmosphere of the story. The little fake demonic advertisements were cheeky and amusing to read through and did help break up the stories a bit. Another aspect of The Lover that I appreciated is the imagery of the internal struggle of Jessica's repressed sexuality, and how it manifests itself into the terror that Jessica can’t seem to escape from. For the most part, I also enjoyed the other bonus stories. Like the wedding dress one, it stuck with me the most.. Like I’m still thinking about and can imagine that creepy smile, even now. Now that was pretty creepy. I might say even a little bit more so than the titular story. Now to the parts that I felt were a bit of a let down in The Lover. As much as I liked the dark artwork and enjoyed reading this as a whole, as a big fan of the Conjuring series and world, I was a tad disappointed that the titular story wasn’t as creative as it’s original predecessors. I saw the whole story and ending coming pretty early on in the story. It definitely didn’t leave me guessing or on my toes all the way to the ending. And the fact that I enjoyed reading the bonus stories about the other artifacts of the Warren’s more, may go to show that the main story was maybe a bit lacking. Overall The Lover was creepy, and I did enjoy reading it as a whole. It had all the ingredients for a decent horror graphic novel. However, I feel like those ingredients could have been better used somehow, for such an expansive Conjuring universe that could have been drawn on. I would rate this as a solid 3 stars. It’s not terrible but it’s not stellar either. I really do think the bonus stories and amusing fake advertisements were fun and brought it up by half a point. I’m a rounder upper so it’s a 4 at this point, and I feel deservedly so. I think most horror fans would enjoy this. When it comes down to it, I can say that this is good enough for me to order an extra copy for my little sister, cause she’s a big horror fan and liked the Conjuring movies. Thank you DC Entertainment and Netgalley for the advanced reading copy of DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: The Lover.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    My thanks to NetGalley and DC Entertainment for an advanced copy of this new horror/media tie-in graphic novel. Growing up in Connecticut gave me the opportunity of seeing Ed and Lorraine Warren on their seasonal roadshows, detailing their entanglements with demons and the occult, complete with slides and some props in a Ramada Inn conference room. They always played the hits, Amityville, living dolls, I think I remember a train or a hunted bridge, all for under $10. If anyone had told me back th My thanks to NetGalley and DC Entertainment for an advanced copy of this new horror/media tie-in graphic novel. Growing up in Connecticut gave me the opportunity of seeing Ed and Lorraine Warren on their seasonal roadshows, detailing their entanglements with demons and the occult, complete with slides and some props in a Ramada Inn conference room. They always played the hits, Amityville, living dolls, I think I remember a train or a hunted bridge, all for under $10. If anyone had told me back then they would be the basis for a successful film series, that didn't have the name Troma or Corman, or Full Moon, and has grossed hundreds of millions of dollars, I would have laughed and wondered what was in that contract they signed with the devil. DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: The Lover written by David L. Johnson- McGoldrick and Rex Ogle, illustrated by Garry Brown is a prequel to the film The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. A young girl returns to college after a winter break, with a litany of troubles. Bad grades, bad decisions with boys, odd parents, and a girl from home she has feelings for. And strange murderous thoughts and dreams. There is also shorter stories featuring some of the oddities from the Warren collection. There is not much to the story. It's not scary, not horror, just there. Starts, ends, with spooky art. No jump scares to hide a weak story like a horror movie can get away with. Maybe knowing the movie would help, but nothing here makes me want to know more. Why does a demon bother with people who are so bland? The follow up stories about the Warren collection reminded me too much of the Simpson's episode from Treehouse of Horror, where Homer goes to the Evil store and everything is of course evil and or cursed, including the free Frogurt. Some of the stories were ok, but not high on the horror scale. The art is good, very much a throwback to Sandman in the 1980's. For fans and completists of the Conjuring movie series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    R.J.K. Lee

    Probably the most interesting part were the short stories at the end about various artifacts from the Warrens' collection, and not all of those were great. Still, if you're already a fan of the movies, you'll enjoy getting a bit more background, if still left wanting. The main story itself felt like it had a solid character, but not enough content to go with that character. If she's going to be called names for being lesbian then there better be more content to actually provide reasons for all th Probably the most interesting part were the short stories at the end about various artifacts from the Warrens' collection, and not all of those were great. Still, if you're already a fan of the movies, you'll enjoy getting a bit more background, if still left wanting. The main story itself felt like it had a solid character, but not enough content to go with that character. If she's going to be called names for being lesbian then there better be more content to actually provide reasons for all that and go in depth. For a fairly long story, a fell pretty flat. I was still glad I could read it, as I do love the movies and welcome more content connected to those movies, but I'm hoping the next one is better. I may have gone into this with higher hopes than I should've. As for the art, bit unclear and too dark or out of focus in parts. In other parts, the creepy vibe was decent and suggested the protagonist's fall further down the dark spiral of this tale. Not my favorite, but it worked. Thank you to NetGalley and DC Comics for providing me with a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ayce

    This is a prequel to the movie The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. While it is connected it's not necessary to know anything about the movie or The Conjuring film franchise before reading. There's a main overarching story for half of each issue that was good. There's a great deal of homophobia (it's set in the 1980s and is unfortunately accurate for the time) towards the main character Jessica, a lesbian that's haunted by a demon rehashing her internalized homophobia. The other half of each This is a prequel to the movie The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. While it is connected it's not necessary to know anything about the movie or The Conjuring film franchise before reading. There's a main overarching story for half of each issue that was good. There's a great deal of homophobia (it's set in the 1980s and is unfortunately accurate for the time) towards the main character Jessica, a lesbian that's haunted by a demon rehashing her internalized homophobia. The other half of each issue is based on real Ed and Lorraine Warren cases (the inspiration behind The Conjuring, Amityville Horror, The Cure of La Llorona, and The Haunting in Connecticut) as well as campy vintage-style ads that fit better into the aesthetics of the book than the mini-stories did. I'm a big fan of The Conjuring franchise and expected to like this series more than I did. It's fun, the Jessica story was good, but overall a bit underwhelming for my taste. Glad I read it though!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laurel Kemp

    It was creepy and neat but I just don't get it. Maybe it's because I haven't watched the movie yet... I just didn't understand why things were happening. Did this even give any needed, additional info to go with the movie? I'm not sure the MC even has anything to do with the movie so what was the point? Also the art wasn't really my favorite. Sometimes the shadows, on faces especially, looked like dirt smudges and were just weird. The story was ok, just a little unnecessary, and I was shocked a It was creepy and neat but I just don't get it. Maybe it's because I haven't watched the movie yet... I just didn't understand why things were happening. Did this even give any needed, additional info to go with the movie? I'm not sure the MC even has anything to do with the movie so what was the point? Also the art wasn't really my favorite. Sometimes the shadows, on faces especially, looked like dirt smudges and were just weird. The story was ok, just a little unnecessary, and I was shocked a few times from some of the scenes. I don't think I'd go out of my way to buy this, but thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for providing me with an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    I liked this. It did a good job of pulling me into the mild horror elements (I did have low expectations though, and it wasn’t really horrifying, but was fun). The big sell is the extra context it gives to the Warren’s artifact room from the Conjuring. Getting any extra context about the reoccurring cursed objects is great. Also the fake ads were very fun. I want them as posters. However, the queer elements were not done well. Bit stereotypical. Use of slurs was not good. Not every queer story ha I liked this. It did a good job of pulling me into the mild horror elements (I did have low expectations though, and it wasn’t really horrifying, but was fun). The big sell is the extra context it gives to the Warren’s artifact room from the Conjuring. Getting any extra context about the reoccurring cursed objects is great. Also the fake ads were very fun. I want them as posters. However, the queer elements were not done well. Bit stereotypical. Use of slurs was not good. Not every queer story has to be about homophobia. Overall, still a decent prequel to the Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brittney

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. That. Was freaking cool. I love the Conjuring movies, and the tie-in to "The Devil Made Me Do It" was really well done. It really told the story of what happened to poor Jessica. BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! 5 mini-srories about 5 of the Artifacts in the Warren storeroom! The Accordion Monkey! The Ferryman coin! The Music Box from The Conjuring 1! THE WEDDING DRESS! And the Chalice from Conjuring 3! SOOO COOOL! Thanks to Netgalley, DC Comics Horror and the amazing Writers and Illustrators (and Inkers a That. Was freaking cool. I love the Conjuring movies, and the tie-in to "The Devil Made Me Do It" was really well done. It really told the story of what happened to poor Jessica. BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! 5 mini-srories about 5 of the Artifacts in the Warren storeroom! The Accordion Monkey! The Ferryman coin! The Music Box from The Conjuring 1! THE WEDDING DRESS! And the Chalice from Conjuring 3! SOOO COOOL! Thanks to Netgalley, DC Comics Horror and the amazing Writers and Illustrators (and Inkers and everyone else who makes comics awesome! All opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    StrawberryShojo

    The Conjuring: The Lover, is just dull. I’m a fan of horror and The Conjuring franchise, but this just falls completely flat. Cheap thrills and clichés are plentiful in this graphic novel. The faux ads and horror camp art between stories were the best part in my opinion and the only reason I would ever consider buying this. The stories just had no depth to speak of, and when bad things inevitably happen to the characters you end up feeling nothing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was such a creepy graphic novel! The art was great and really brought out the same creep factor. It would not have packed as much as a punch in other formats. It was dark and mysterious and I couldn't wait to see what happened next to Jessica. I will definitely be picking up the next installment! Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was such a creepy graphic novel! The art was great and really brought out the same creep factor. It would not have packed as much as a punch in other formats. It was dark and mysterious and I couldn't wait to see what happened next to Jessica. I will definitely be picking up the next installment!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this book! It was nice to get some back story behind the cliff scene in the most recent Conjuring movie. I also enjoyed learning more about the items in the artifact room. I'll keep reading it if they add any more to the saga, but that mostly comes from my love for the movies. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this book! It was nice to get some back story behind the cliff scene in the most recent Conjuring movie. I also enjoyed learning more about the items in the artifact room. I'll keep reading it if they add any more to the saga, but that mostly comes from my love for the movies.

  22. 4 out of 5

    ThatBeMeDiana

    I had a lot of high hopes for this comic as I LOVE LOVE LOVE the conjuring, unfortunately this fell a little flat for me. The plot of predictable and was not has scary as I had hoped. I hoped for a lot more for this comic and felt like it was too short for a full story. Unfortunately a 2.5/5 for me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elia

    This is supposed to be a prequel to "The Devil Made Me Do It" from the conjuring series, but aside from one tiny, blink and you'll miss it mention of the Warrens, there's just really not much here to capture the reader. I found myself enjoying the short stories "Tales from the Artifacts Room" much more than the main story. This is supposed to be a prequel to "The Devil Made Me Do It" from the conjuring series, but aside from one tiny, blink and you'll miss it mention of the Warrens, there's just really not much here to capture the reader. I found myself enjoying the short stories "Tales from the Artifacts Room" much more than the main story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Yeram Lee

    I have watched the Conjuring: The Devil Made me Do It and this comic portrayed another aspect of the story of the devil made me do it and I enjoyed it! I would give this a 3.9 star :) - short which is great - wished there were more details and deeper backstory into this comic

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Stephens

    This had the potential to be a great prequel to The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, however, it feels way too rushed. The artwork is great and the story itself is pretty good, but it needs more. I would have preferred a few more issues in the series to add detail and build the story further.

  26. 5 out of 5

    KayDee Osmon

    Not totally sure how I feel about this book. It was a decent story but the art style took some getting used to. I did enjoy the bonus stories from the artifact room

  27. 4 out of 5

    Silver

    I REALLY liked this! I hope they make more, hearing stories about stuff from the artifact room was a cool trip!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Phrique

    The end was made for my (lack of) attention span, more DC Horror please!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paperwitch

    The art and storytelling was great, and it did a good job tying into the franchise. I'm a huge fan of the conjuring and bloomhouse, so I was already happy to review this beauty! The art and storytelling was great, and it did a good job tying into the franchise. I'm a huge fan of the conjuring and bloomhouse, so I was already happy to review this beauty!

  30. 4 out of 5

    JJ Ramirezz

    Interesting tie graphic novel. Starts off slow, but don’t give up! It gets better! Great artist wilier throughout the book with fun fake advertising invested in to the story. Fun quick must read.

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