Gotham City Dossiers: Avatar Press

Debuting today is a new feature called Gotham City Dossiers where I try and showcase a lesser known publishing studio. This isn't to say that these studios need my help, but I'd like to think that readers can get stuff here that they may not be able to get elsewhere. So enjoy, and be sure to check in every Thursday for Gotham City Dossiers. I've perused the website for Avatar Press and there are a few things that really stood out to me. First off, they're home to Garth Ennis and Warren Ellis among others. One of their comics includes Gravel, a story with “black ops, blacker magic, cold-blooded slaughter and ruthless betrayal: the ongoing adventures of Warren Ellis’ biggest bastard to date,” according to Garth Ennis. “It’s like someone made a comic just for me.” Gravel #0 launched its full-color ongoing run with #0 in January, specially priced at only $1.99, while the full-size monthly started in March and available for $3.99. Another work by Warren Ellis is Anna Mercury, who's pretty much a badass chick that can mess with men's minds and shoot two guns whilst jumping through the air yelling "arrgghh." “She floats and leaps around the city like she’s Daredevil, Lara Croft and a character from CROUCHING TIGER all rolled into one,” Warren Ellis says, shedding (just a little) more light on his title character, “but no-one can get a good look at her. A lot of people don’t even think she’s real. She’s real,” Ellis confirms. “It’s the city of New Ataraxia that might not be real. And yet there she is in this weird retropolis out of American 1950’s science fiction magazines, disrupting the activities of the War Department, Magnetic Science and the Metropolitan Police, apparently working for no-one but herself… because no-one living there would believe who she’s working for.” So definitely check out the site, and pick up something new to read if you're not already reading something already. And if you already know about the publisher, more power to you for being an awesome comics person. Avatar Press