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Review: Acursian #2

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As a longtime fan of Wonder Woman, I was glad to see the live-action interpretation on the big screen. I had heard of the last attempt at a TV show, which excited me because of who played her but disappointed once the script leaked online. Most people my age group remember the after school reruns of the show that Linda Carter starred in. Then there was her part in Superfriends, which gave her a bit of dimension that wasn’t on the live-action show.

Then I saw the animated movie done in 2009, which the most current movie, borrows heavily from. That was the hero that I grew up reading in comic books. The first time I saw Themiscyra it was everything I imagined it would be and more. In the second chapter of Acursian, we find a bit of the mythology which shares some powerful roots much like Wonder Woman and the Amazons.

We are taken to the Isle of Shadows where the witches reside as well as every young witch in this world. As we meet some young witches, Effie, Ceillech, Connell, and Bregon, one who will be queen one day, as they play with their pets as we find out that they hold powerful talismans which controls the passage of time. As Bregon goes on a hunt with his hunting dog, a terrible accident occurs, leaving him to use the dagger of time to bring her back but at a terrible cost. By issue’s end, in modern-day, the dagger of time, has wreaked havoc, causing Charlie’s father to take drastic measures.

Overall, an exciting issue which ups the ante. The story by the creative team is awesome. The art by the creative team is incandescent. Altogether, a story which ratchets up the action, every single time.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Acursian #1

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

Legendary Comics and Webtoon Announce the Return of Acursian

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Legendary Comics and the Webtoon hit series Acursian starring John Barrowman returns with the first weekly chapter leading up to the anticipated conclusion of Season One, now available exclusively at Webtoon. The series, rooted in Celtic lore, is a unique fusion of mythic storytelling from co-creators John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis, with art by Beni Lobel and designs by Tommy Lee Edwards.

In Acursian, Charlie Stewart, the man who had it all, falls victim to an ancient Celtic curse. Every decision he makes, every relationship he has, every choice he’s given is doomed to fail spectacularly, and sometimes comically, 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, and his Three Sisters have cursed the family line. After losing everything he holds dear, Charlie, along with his best friend Nate, continue to hunt for the talismans that will restore his reality, all the while encountering familiar faces along the way. Real life and ancient legend collide in unexpected ways as Charlie battles across this world and opens realms of time and mystery that no mortal was ever meant to see.

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Acursian, the New Comic Series from John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, Beni Lobel, and Erika Lewis Launches in September on Webtoon

Formerly titled Cursed, Legendary Comics and Webtoon will debut the new imaginative comic series Acursian starring John Barrowman next month. The series—rooted in Celtic lore in a unique fusion of mythic storytelling from co-creators John 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) stars 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.

Preview: The Blacklist Vol. 2: Arsonist

THE BLACKLIST VOL. 2: ARSONIST

Writer: Nicole Phillips
Artist: Beni Lobel
FC – 128pp – $14.99 – ISBN: 978-1782762973
On sale in comic stores: Aug 31
On sale in book stores: Sept 27

Collects The Blacklist #6-10.

The Arsonist. Red and Liz are forced to go on the run to clear her name after Liz is framed as a KGB agent and killer by the shady Cabal group. But with a deadly new Blacklister cleaning house, can Red and Liz get to him before he destroys all the evidence.

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Preview: Blacklist #10

BLACKLIST #10

Writer: Nicole Dawn Phillips
Artist: Beni Lobel
Cover A: Colin Lorimer
Cover B: Photo Cover
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On Sale: Jun 22

As the FBI races to stop the Arsonist from igniting his most lethal attack yet, Red and Liz’s pursuit takes them into the very belly of the secret Cabal organization. When the Arsonist’s surprising final target is revealed, Red, Liz, and the FBI task force find themselves all in the line of fire.

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Preview: The Blacklist #8

The Blacklist #8

WRITER: Nicole Dawn Phillips
ARTIST: Beni Lobel
​Publisher: Titan Comics​
FC – 32PP – $3.99 – On Sale: April 6

As the FBI continues its manhunt for wanted fugitive (and former agent) Elizabeth Keen, Red helps Liz overcome her incapacitating fear of fire in order to strike back against the Arsonist — even if it risks leading the FBI right to her doorstep.

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Preview: The Blacklist Vol. 1: The Gambler

THE BLACKLIST VOL. 1: THE GAMBLER

WRITER: Nicole Dawn Phillips
ARTIST: Beni Lobel
PUBLISHER: TITAN COMICS
PAGE COUNT: 128PP
PRICE: $14.99
RELEASE DATE: March 9

The brand-new original official comic series to the critically acclaimed NBC crime drama THE BLACKLIST, starring James Spader.

When the FBI is framed for the public killing of a political activitist at an open-air rally, Reddington recognises the hallmarks of a dangerous, media-manipulating Blacklister, known as Leon Kiklinski, aka The Lobbyist. So begins the latest case for the FBI’s covert counter-intelligence unit codenamed – The Post Office.

Collects The Blacklist 1-5

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Preview: The Blacklist #5

THE BLACKLIST #5

WRITER: NICOLE PHILIPS
ARTIST:  BENI LOBEL
COVER A – BENI LOBEL
PUBLISHER: TITAN COMICS
PAGE COUNT: 32PP
FORMAT: SOFTCOVER
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 9

The wager between Red and The Gambler is now in its end game, leaving Red hunted by an army of murderous criminals, local law enforcement officers and an assassin with a 100% success rate called John X. Can Liz and Dembe get to Red before John X marks his cross?

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Preview: The Blacklist #4

THE BLACKLIST #4

WRITERS: Nicole Philips
ARTIST: Beni Lobel
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGE COUNT: 32pp
FORMAT: Softcover
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: October 21

The deadly game played out on the streets of Washington takes a dramatic turn when Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington finally tracks down the true mastermind behind the attacks. Now the race is on to stop an assassin with a 100% success rate from claiming his next victim.

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