TPB coming in July 2004

Retail Price: $9.99 US
Cover: Mike Wolfer
Story: Warren Ellis
Art: Mike Wolfer
Readership: Mature Readers
Format: B&W, 72 pages

Ellis Returns to Strange Killings with Strong Medicine from Avatar

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 violence."

"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. For more information, email or see our web site at

The Strange Killings: Strong Medicine TPB is solicited for a July 2004 release.