Legendary Comics today announced during its Awesome Con panel that actor John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow) has teamed with his sister and writing partner Carole Barrowman (Torchwood) and graphic novelist and television writer Erika Lewis (Game of Shadows, Firebrand: The Initiation of Natali Presano) to co-create Cursed: a new comic book series that sees Celtic lore collide with a modern day anti-hero. John and Carole previous writings can be seen here.
“We’ve always wanted to write a story that pulls together our love of history, our Scottish heritage, and our love of sci-fi and the supernatural. Mix these all together and Cursed was born,” said John Barrowman.
Carole Barrowman, John’s sister and longtime writing partner, added: “The three of us have been Cursed for a while… and loving every minute of it. We’ve had a great time playing with all the ways we can bring poor Charlie to his knees, and, of course, John and I love any project that brings our Scottish heritage to the page.”
“Told through the eyes of a deeply flawed character, this epic journey combines Celtic mythology, real history in a modern day setting–my favorite things!” said Erika Lewis.
Legendary provided the following synopsis for the new series”
Do you believe in curses? Charlie Stewart certainly does. On the eve of his 40th birthday, he 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. Charlie was a 21st century success story, riding high on his own ego. But when he falls victim to an ancient Celtic curse, everything spirals 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, he discovers that his ancient ancestor is Bonnie Prince Charlie, who made a deal with the ruthless Celtic God of War, Bregon. In return for the Bonnie Prince’s victory, Bregon demanded the prince steal three magical talismans from Bregon’s own sisters. These sisters cursed the entire 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.