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Exclusive Preview: The Me You Love in The Dark

An exclusive preview from Image Comics highlights an artist’s uninspired life in The Me You Love In The Dark – a new series from Skottie Young.

Warning: contains a preview for The Me You Love in The Dark #1!

The Me You Love in the Dark is an upcoming horror comic from Image Comics that examines the experience of a struggling artist. Image Comics has provided Screen Rant with an exclusive preview of the debut issue. Moving into a new house can be frustrating, but not being able to create art is definitely far worse. 

Skottie Young and Jorge Corona recently worked together on Middlewest, an Eisner-nominated fantasy journey that received critical acclaim. Now, the duo is returning, alongside the rest of the Middlewest team. Collectively, Young, Corona, and their team at Image Comics will tell a darker story about an artist who may discover a darker side to her life. Given this team’s track record, it’s a good bet that this tale will end up being critically acclaimed as well if their prior work is anything to go by. 

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The Me You Love in The Dark is created by the team of Skottie Young, Jorge Corona, Jean-Francois Beaulieu, and Nate Piekos. This is a five-issue mature-rated series that follows a woman named Ro as she rents a new house, which may have another occupant waiting to meet her. This series is said to be “beautiful, dark, and disturbing.” Check out this exclusive preview from Image Comics:

An artist named Ro retreats from the grind of the city to an old house in a small town to find solace and inspiration without realizing the muse within is not what she expected. Fans of Stephen King and Neil Gaiman will enjoy this beautiful, dark, and disturbing story of discovery, love, and terror.

This preview introduces Ro and the new house that she is moving into. Thus far, nothing is really revealed about her new home. It is said to be haunted, but there is nothing to suggest that this is truly the case yet. Ro is simply haunted by her own ghosts: namely the specter of not being able to create art despite her efforts to create a creative routine. She does attempt to talk to the resident ghost, but no response has been revealed yet.

Skottie Young reflected on the series’ themes, saying “This story examines the need to evolve and change but not always knowing how to do that. We look at how wanting something so much can shade what you think you see and what something really is. It’s a story of love and terror.

Jorge Corona similarly remarked on the theme of love, but expanded on the theme of discovery in this new Image Comic series, stating, “The Me You Love In The Dark is a story of love and self exploration, the things that we discover about ourselves when we just stare at the emptiness of monotony and what we do to get out of it.

Skottie Young has worked on I Hate FairylandVenom, Bully Wars, Deadpool, and recently, Strange Academy. Jorge Corona previously worked on No. 1 With  a BulletNightwing, Robin, Super Sons, and Feathers. Though both have worked on superhero stories, their latest is far from superhero fare – focusing instead on a house that may just evoke adult curiosity in a vein similar to Coraline. Both may share a sense of self-discovery, albeit with very different heroines directing their own journeys. The Me You Love In The Dark from Image Comics will begin capturing the attention of readers when the first issue releases August 4, 2021.

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