Legendary Comics and Webtoon will be debuting a new comic online on September 13th in Acursian, formerly titled Cursed, and the comic will “star” Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Arrow actor John Barrowman.
The series is said to be “rooted in Celtic lore” and is co-created by John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis (Game of Shadows and Firebrand: The Initiation of Natali Presano) with art by Beni Lobel and designs by Tommy Lee Edwards.
Acursian (an Old English word defined as “one consigned to destruction, misery, or evil by a curse”) features John Barrowman as Charlie Stewart who, on the eve of an important birthday, falls victim to an ancient Celtic curse.
Stewart seemed to have it all: the big house, the fast car, the beautiful family, and a high-power career at a leading criminal law firm, but overnight finds everything spiraling out of control as his perfect life becomes a disaster zone of chaos and calamity. Every decision he makes, every relationship he has, every choice he’s given is doomed to fail spectacularly, no matter what he does.
Embarking on a quest for the truth behind the supernatural forces re-writing his destiny, Charlie discovers that his ancestor Bonnie Prince Charlie made a deal with the ruthless Celtic God of War, Bregon. In return for the Bonnie Prince’s victory at the battle of Culloden, Bregon demanded the prince steal three magical talismans from Bregon’s own sisters. These sisters cursed the entire Stewart bloodline and now Charlie must settle a centuries-long family squabble among gods in order to get his own family back. Real life and ancient legend collide in unexpected ways as Charlie battles across this world and opens up realms of time and mystery that no mortal was ever meant to see.
Co-creators John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman and Erika Lewis say:
We’re so excited the world can finally read Acursian. Beni Lobel’s dark, entrenched style seduces from the first panel. Goddesses and gods, fate and time be damned, Charlie Stewart is embarking on a sometimes dangerous—sometimes sexy—sometimes strange and magical quest to get his life back, and you can come along for the ride.
Webtoon Head of Content Tom Akel adds:
We’re beyond excited to continue our partnership with Legendary and can’t wait for our readers to experience the world of Acursian that John, Carole, Erika, and Beni are creating.