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Ellis Returns to 'Strange Killings' with 'Strong Medicine' from Avatar

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Avatar Press is pleased to announce the return of combatmagician and rogue SAS operative William Gravel in WarrenEllis' Strange Killings: Strong Medicine, a three issue mini-series by Warren Ellis and Mike Wolfer. The first new projectEllis has launched at Avatar since the highly-regarded Scarsmini-series, Strange Killings: Strong Medicine joins an AvatarPress lineup which includes work from Ellis, Alan Moore, GarthEnnis, Frank Miller, and others. Issue #1 of the mini-serieswill be solicited in the April 2003 Previews for itemsshipping June.

"Strong Medicine is an old-fashioned occult detective storybased on an actual unsolved case: a boy's torso washed up onthe banks of the Thames, bearing the hallmarks of a ritualdeath for the purpose of muti -- African shamanic medicine,"says creator Warren Ellis. "In a London already unusuallycharged with racial tension, combat magician William Gravel isblackmailed into solving the crime before it triggers off massviolence."

"Only Warren Ellis and Mike Wolfer could make this sharp,potent mix of Strong Medicine go down so smooth," notes AvatarPress editor-in-chief William Christensen. "It gets right downthere in your gut before you know what hit you. As I've saidbefore, Ellis and Wolfer are one of the top creative teamsworking in comics right now. With Strange Killings: StrongMedicine, they once again demonstrate a mastery of the waycomics storytelling can work at its best. Strange Killings isa re-defining exploration of an area of comics just as TheAuthority and Scars are, and anyone who wants to know wherecomic 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 sagacontinues to be the most comfortable and creative workingexperience in which I have ever been involved in the field ofcomics," adds artist Mike Wolfer. "With each successive mini-series, the storytelling bar is raised a little bit higher andI'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 ofStrong Medicine in particular is that there are elements inWarren'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 remindsus, "This is happening. Now. Watch the news."

Strange Killings is the story of Sergeant Major WilliamGravel, a brilliant soldier of Britain's SAS -- and a combatmagician. Placed on "K" duty -- deniable operations -- whenhe's found to be taking unofficial black market jobs for moneydue to mysterious personal reasons, Gravel is plunged into thedirty life of a secret black-ops world. Still, with his powerGravel could probably change the world if he was capable ofactually getting his life together. Instead, he's constantlyinvolved in other people's lives and dirty secrets, runningheadlong towards the day when he hits something he can'tescape from, shoot, or wish away.

Warren Ellis' Strange Killings: Strong Medicine is solicitedbeginning in April 2003 for June release with art plus regularand wraparound covers by Mike Wolfer. The saga will be a threeissue mini-series for mature readers.

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