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Ellis Returns to ‘Strange Killings’ with ‘Strong Medicine’ from Avatar

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Ellis Returns to ‘Strange Killings’ with ‘Strong Medicine’ from Avatar

Official Press Release

Avatar Press is pleased to announce the return of combat
magician and rogue SAS operative William Gravel in Warren
Ellis’ Strange Killings: Strong Medicine, a three issue mini-
series by Warren Ellis and Mike Wolfer. The first new project
Ellis has launched at Avatar since the highly-regarded Scars
mini-series, Strange Killings: Strong Medicine joins an Avatar
Press lineup which includes work from Ellis, Alan Moore, Garth
Ennis, Frank Miller, and others. Issue #1 of the mini-series
will be solicited in the April 2003 Previews for items
shipping June.

“Strong Medicine is an old-fashioned occult detective story
based on an actual unsolved case: a boy’s torso washed up on
the banks of the Thames, bearing the hallmarks of a ritual
death for the purpose of muti — African shamanic medicine,”
says creator Warren Ellis. “In a London already unusually
charged with racial tension, combat magician William Gravel is
blackmailed into solving the crime before it triggers off mass

“Only Warren Ellis and Mike Wolfer could make this sharp,
potent mix of Strong Medicine go down so smooth,” notes Avatar
Press editor-in-chief William Christensen. “It gets right down
there in your gut before you know what hit you. As I’ve said
before, Ellis and Wolfer are one of the top creative teams
working in comics right now. With Strange Killings: Strong
Medicine, they once again demonstrate a mastery of the way
comics storytelling can work at its best. Strange Killings is
a re-defining exploration of an area of comics just as The
Authority and Scars are, and anyone who wants to know where
comic book horror, magic, espionage thrillers, and even pulp-
style crime noir are headed should be reading this book.”

“Collaborating with Warren Ellis on the Strange Killings saga
continues to be the most comfortable and creative working
experience in which I have ever been involved in the field of
comics,” adds artist Mike Wolfer. “With each successive mini-
series, the storytelling bar is raised a little bit higher and
I’m sure you’ll agree that in the political horror arena,
Strange Killings does not disappoint.”

I think that the most intriguing aspect of each series and of
Strong Medicine in particular is that there are elements in
Warren’s tales that are absolutely real,” Wolfer continues.
“Much is fictionalized, but there is an underlying voice,
beneath the magic bullets and the Body Orchards, that reminds
us, “This is happening. Now. Watch the news.”

Strange Killings is the story of Sergeant Major William
Gravel, a brilliant soldier of Britain’s SAS — and a combat
magician. Placed on “K” duty — deniable operations — when
he’s found to be taking unofficial black market jobs for money
due to mysterious personal reasons, Gravel is plunged into the
dirty life of a secret black-ops world. Still, with his power
Gravel could probably change the world if he was capable of
actually getting his life together. Instead, he’s constantly
involved in other people’s lives and dirty secrets, running
headlong towards the day when he hits something he can’t
escape from, shoot, or wish away.

Warren Ellis’ Strange Killings: Strong Medicine is solicited
beginning in April 2003 for June release with art plus regular
and wraparound covers by Mike Wolfer. The saga will be a three
issue mini-series for mature readers.

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