Writer: Skottie Young / Artist: Jorge Corona / Image
Since it’s been a while since we’ve talked about The Me You Love in the Dark, let’s just do a quick recap of the first and second issue. Ro had moved out to a clearly haunted house in the middle of nowhere in an attempt to reset her vibe and get back to being an artist (as many creative types have always dreamed of doing). But the entity that is clearly haunting this house is something much more eldritch than your typical ghost, although it does seem to be a good conversationalist if nothing else.
The Me You Love in the Dark #3 continues the story and Ro and the entity that resides in the house have become close (which as the issue progresses becomes more and more of an massive understatement). Skottie Young takes the middle issue to flesh out the intimate relationship between the two principle characters, and it’s a subtle pivot from what I was expecting, but one that certainly makes for a more interesting narrative.
There is a certain type of fascination watching Ro and the Entity interact so intimately, further compiled by the haunting artwork that Jorge Corona supplies to the story. The playfulness of the shadows in this wonderful set piece of an old house, the glimpses into the entity’s true visage, the way that time passes, and how the existential stress about creativity somehow manages to manifest in a very physical way. This is a visually engrossing book that captivates you as you progress through the pages, and even though by all accords, there are very evident horror aesthetics and elements in play, there is also an odd sort of kindness and care that emanates through the page.
Young and Corona skillfully tinker with the tropes of haunted houses and creative endeavors beautifully and as a midpoint issue of the five-issue series, I am fully vested in seeing how all of this plays out. Ro and the not-ghost that inhabit her house have an weirdly undeniable chemistry, as equally undeniable by the fact that the not-ghost has not shown their full hand of cards just yet. It’s a fascinating read that I’m excited to see conclude over the next two issues.
9.0 “Encounters” out of 10
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