If you are looking for a new webtoon or comic book series to get into, John Barrowman might just be the man to help you with that.
While fans of the actor may be missing him on the small screen since his departure from Arrow, Barrowman has been keeping busy with his new comic book series that was revealed at last year’s Awesome Con. With that reveal, a release date wasn’t in the books just yet but all that has since changed along with the series’ title.
Formerly titled Cursed, the new Legendary Comic book series and also Webtoon will debut Acursian, its new title, next month. The series—rooted in Celtic lore in a unique fusion of mythic storytelling from co-creators Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis ) with art by Beni Lobel and designs by Tommy Lee Edwards—will be available beginning at 11:59pm EST on Thursday, September 13. Readers can download the official Webtoon app by visiting the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Acursian (an Old English word defined as one consigned to destruction, misery, or evil by a curse), according to a press release, will star Barrowman as Charlie Stewart.
Legendary Comics did provide a short synopsis of Acursian and what fans can expect with the new series:
Charlie, 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.
“We began this journey with John, Carole, and Erika over a year ago and are thrilled to see this project coming to fruition in such a gripping story that features—for the first time ever—John starring in his very own comic book, one that truly reflects his love for Celtic lore,” said Robert Napton, Senior Vice President of Legendary Comics.
“Did Robert just say a year ago? We’ve been stewing on this for CENTURIES…,” said co-creators John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman and Erika Lewis. “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.”
“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,” said Webtoon Head of Content Tom Akel.
They aren’t the only ones excited about this new series as the mix of Scottish lore and supernatural elements definitely make it stand out. Plus, John Barrowman in anything is always a win.