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Strange Killings

Credits: Written by Warren Ellis and Illustrated by Mike Wolfer
Publisher: Avatar Press

Commentary

I like these vile little ditties that Warren Ellis has been quietly drumming out with Mike Wolfer since the debut of Strange Kiss. They're the dark bits that swim around in the deep recesses of Ellis's mind, unfiltered as they make their way to the printed page.

STRANGE KILLINGS is the third such adventure of William Gravel, combat magician; each one its own self-contained nightmare. This time out, a riot has broken out in a British prison, which isn't usually a job for England's elite SAS military unit, except for the small fact that this prison happens to house a psychotic black magician who has turned it into his own chamber of depravity and torture. Entering the prison is a sure ticket to the next life, the perfect job for our favorite soldier of the occult.

Ellis's cinematic approach to comics making is rarely on better display then in these William Gravel stories. You don't simply read them as much as you watch them, as much a credit to Ellis's tight-paced stories as to Wolfer's growing comfort with the characters and settings. These are the type of horror stories that I like to read before turning in at night: fast, serious, and creepy. Scary films on paper.

-- Peter Aaron Rose

 
Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.

 


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