Cover of Gravel: Never A Dull Day HC.
Art by Mike Wolfer
|First appearance||Strange Kiss (1999)|
|Created by||Warren Ellis
|Full name||William Gravel|
|Formats||Original material for the series has been published as a set of ongoing series and limited series.|
|Publication date||November 1999 – present|
|Main character(s)||William Gravel|
|Never a Dull Day||ISBN 1-59291-050-5|
|Bloody Liars||ISBN 159291070X|
|The Major Seven||ISBN 1592910823|
|The Last King of England||ISBN 1592910823|
A number of different limited series have been published under the Strange Killings banner, all of which centred on British 'combat magician' William Gravel. Most recently these series were republished under the Gravel name, followed by the launch of a new series, Gravel.
Gravel initially appeared in the Strange Kiss limited series, which was followed by a sequel, Stranger Kisses. The third series was titled Strange Killings, which remained the name for the subsequent limited series, until the latest ongoing series called Gravel. With Gravel, Wolfer became the co-author with Raulo Cáceres joining as the first of what has been described as a "revolving team" of artists.
The series have been collected into their own trade paperbacks but there is also a signed limited edition hardcover which collects the older series in one volume:
- Gravel: Never A Dull Day (576 pages, August 2008, ISBN 1-59291-050-5) collects:
- Strange Kiss (3-issue mini-series, 1999, tpb, 72 pages, 2001, ISBN 0-9706784-0-1)
- Stranger Kisses (3-issue mini-series, 2001, tpb, 72 pages, 2001, ISBN 0-9706784-4-4)
- Strange Killings (3-issue mini-series, 2002, tpb, 72 pages, 2003, ISBN 1-59291-000-9)
- Strange Killings: Body Orchard (6-issue mini-series, 2002–2003, tpb, 144 pages, 2003, ISBN 1-59291-013-0)
- Strange Killings: Strong Medicine (3-issue mini-series, 2003, tpb, 72 pages, 2004, ISBN 1-59291-024-6)
- Strange Killings: Necromancer (6-issue mini-series, 2004, tpb, 144 pages, 2006, ISBN 1-59291-033-5)
- Gravel (December 2007-2010, 21 issues) collected as:
- Volume 1: Bloody Liars (collects Gravel #0–7, 192 pages, softcover, March 2009, ISBN 1-59291-069-6, hardcover, May 2009, ISBN 1-59291-070-X)
- Volume 2: The Major Seven (collects Gravel #8–14, 176 pages, December 2009, softcover, ISBN 1-59291-081-5, hardcover, ISBN 1-59291-082-3
- Volume 3: The Last King Of England (collects Gravel #15–21, 176 pages, February 2011, softcover, ISBN 1-59291-081-5, hardcover, ISBN 1-59291-082-3
- Gravel: Combat Magician (4-issue mini-series, 2013-2014)
A movie adaptation was planned by Legendary Pictures, with Rick Alexander penciled in as producer and Warren Ellis writing the first draft as well as being executive producer. Mike Wolfer was interviewed at NY Comic Con in 2010 and said his preferred actor would be Daniel Craig. In early 2012 it was announced that Tim Miller would be directing the film while Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell had been brought in to work on the script. As of June 2015, no further development on the film has been announced.
- The Minor Seven: Ellis & Wolfer talk "Gravel", Comic Book Resources, 13 November 2007
- GRAVEL artist Raulo Caceres talks about Ellis, Wolfer, and their upcoming series with Avatar, Avatar Press
- Graser, Marc (8 October 2009). "Legendary digs 'Gravel'". Variety. Retrieved 10 October 2009.
- Dowd, Tim (13 Oct 2010). "NY Comic Con 2010: Mike Wolfer Interview on Gravel". www.bleedingcool.com. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- Fleming, Mike (15 March 2012). "VFX Wiz Tim Miller Digs in to Helm 'Gravel' For Legendary Pictures". Deadline.com. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
- William Gravel at the Comic Book DB
- 'Strange Kiss' at the Comic Book DB
- 'Stranger Kisses' at the Comic Book DB
- 'Strange Killings' at the Comic Book DB
- 'Strange Killings: Body Orchard' at the Comic Book DB
- 'Strange Killings: Strong Medicine at the Comic Book DB
- 'Strange Killings: Necromancer' at the Comic Book DB
- 'Gravel' at the Comic Book DB
- Official website
- Gravel at the Internet Movie Database
- "Gravel" #2 Preview, Comic Book Resources, 25 March 2008