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Review: Acursian #1


The power of karma cannot ever be understated. One can look at it as fate, where one can control their destiny up to a point. You can do everything right and it can still go wrong at the end. One such impressive and sorrowful exposition of this concept is in the season finale of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.

Throughout the first season of the show, we find the protagonist using her newfound gift to solve the problems of those closest to her and strangers. This, of course, changed in the season finale when she could not do anything to help her father’s ultimate demise, something she knew was coming and had to accept no matter what she did, sometimes bad things happen to good people. In the debut issue of Acursian, we find a protagonist who has a made life until he gets cursed with an old Celtic legend.

We open on three birds who we find out are actually old Celtic witches, who ascend on Charlie Stewart, a successful lawyer after a late night/early morning tryst. The witches looking at his charmed existence decides to change everything through a curse. We find out the night before, in Chicago, his father, Jock, awakened a Celtic god, unleashing an unparalleled evil. By the issue’s end, a series of unfortunate events leads him to question everything.

Overall, an engaging debut issue which this team masterfully crafts. The story by John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis is thrilling. The pencils by Beni Lobel and design by Tommy Lee Edwards is luminous. Altogether, a story which pushes boundaries and adds to the canon of fine storytelling.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and Tommy Lee Edwards
Color: Chris Sotomayor Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy