The Me You Love In The Dark really expanded its horizons with last month’s second issue. This week, the series crosses the halfway point with the third issue and in it, we learn a bit more about Ro’s special new relationship. More specifically, what kind of relationship they’re fostering. Romance is in the air, Ro is painting with great flourish, and holidays are celebrated in this week’s issue.
Jorge Corona and Skottie Young are crafting quite a romance that develops well in this issue. In fact, this story fully becomes a romance here even though it’s quite evident Ro probably shouldn’t fall for a ghost. This issue naturally reveals how their relationship is getting comfortable to the point where the ghost is asking Ro to quit painting so they can hang out in a real way. There’s quite a mystery of sorts going on since we aren’t quite sure what the ghost is or if he is a spirit that was once human, how old he is, or who he was.
The hook of this series continues to be the setup, which is hindered since there’s no clear conflict. Or, the conflict hasn’t kicked into gear yet. So far, Ro enjoys her relationship with the ghost, is painting well, and sees no problem at all. There are incredibly creepy visuals of the ghost that give you an uneasy feeling as the reader, but so far Ro seems content and there’s no reason to believe she’s in danger.
As a romance, Corona continues to make you believe Ro is happy and content with her relationship and current setup. There’s a joy and comfort you can read in her expressions. Colors by Jean-Francois Beaulieu continue to add a good mood and atmosphere. Combined with Corona’s art, the house never feels stuffy or boring. It’s expansive and alive and nearly a character itself. The color is particularly good at making the ghost just visible enough, as if he is part of the shadows. That adds a bit more unease to his design and vibe.
Letters by Nate Piekos are also great, especially the size of the word balloons. There’s more white space than conventionally used in word balloons for comics and that helps create a calming and easy-going effect. That helps inform Ro’s situation as one that’s safe.
This comic series may go down as a must-buy in the collected format when it is all said and done. The Me You Love In The Dark #3 is romantic, pleasing, and yet capable of creating a touch of unease. Rarely are romances in comics done so well, and while the lack of direct conflict does make it float in its love story, maybe that floating is the point.
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