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Combat Magician GRAVEL takes to the Big Screen

October 10, 2009 | | Comments 1

51LWdAvtVHL._SL160_The Hollywood Reporter and Variety are reporting that Warren Ellis’ comic book property Gravel published by Avatar Press is being developed for the big screen by Legendary Pictures.

The occult themed ongoing series revolves around the character Wiliam Gravel, a soldier in the British S.A.S. who uses his dark magic to battle supernatural beings for clients in order to make some extra cash. The character originated in the Strange Kiss graphic novels started in 1999.

Following is a description from Amazon of the first story arc for volume one of the collected Gravel graphic novel:

William Gravel carves a bloody path of death in his first full-color collection! Long-buried and lost in antiquity, a unique book of magic once existed, filled with such extraordinary and arcane spells, supernatural rites, and inherent power that its possessor would be either unequaled – or driven irrevocably insane! Recently unearthed, the “Sigsand Manuscript” has been divided into six pieces and distributed among the Minor Seven, Britain’s great Occult Detectives. With the Sigsand in their grasp, the Seven now wield more power than they were ever meant to possess… and William Gravel is not happy about it! Once a member of their Order but unceremoniously replaced within their ranks, the SAS Sergeant Major and Combat Magician is on a mission of revenge, redemption, and quite possibly rebirth, as he takes on the members of the Minor Seven, one-by-one! They all promised to use the unholy power wisely, but Gravel knows they are all Bloody Liars! Gravel Volume 1 features the first eight issues (#0-7) of this on-going series from Warren Ellis and co-writer Mike Wolfer, with art by Raulo Caceres and Oscar Jimenez, as well as a special cover gallery!

Sounds like a whopping paranormal good time. Look for a full review of the graphic novel soon!

Here is a link to the more econmically priced paperback edition:

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  1. Robert says:

    I never herd of this comic. It sounds really interesting. A less foppish Doctor Strange? I hope the movie keeps any quirky qualities the book may have rather than going the bland, generic Whiteout approach.
    Comics to movies are a dangerous game! ;-)

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