More than two thousand years ago, a Roman soldier named Cartaphilus struck a prisoner who was to be executed by crucifixion. From that moment, he was cursed by God and fate to walk the earth until Christ’s return. Doomed to always bleed, always hurt…and never die.
Acclaimed master of science-fiction and fantasy and New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony delivers his first comic book story to the world of Starkweather and brings the untold history of this mythical Roman soldier to vivid life. In a tale that spans the millennia, Anthony reveals the events that created this fearsome adversary and how Cartaphilus was recruited to the side of the witches in their war against the Templars, creating a perfect entry point into the forthcoming Starkweather: Immortal limited series...
We have forgotten them. They were the final gift of a condemned man, infused with his blood and sent out into the world to spread his word of peace and light. But they were betrayed by those sworn to protect them. The Divine Blood were lost...and the world was plunged into darkness.
Today they are called witches, and they are hunted at every turn. The Twelve Great Houses have collapsed under betrayal and infighting. They have abandoned their charges, forsaking the very source of their gifts. They teeter on the brink of extinction and their best chance at survival—a five-year-old boy with enough power to topple mountains—disappeared fifteen years ago.
The boy has become a man who doesn’t remember what he was. The very spell that was woven to hide him from the world also has hidden his true self, leaving him a professional slacker—a directionless disappointment who wants nothing more than to spend his life in wonderful obscurity.
It is Alexander Starkweather’s destiny to restore the Divine Blood to power and lead them into a new age. But before he can become a witch, he must learn what it means to be a man.