Magic. The kind of magic that can strip the skin from a screaming man's skull, or direct the path of a shrieking bullet through a maze of city streets, striking its target between the eyes with pin-point accuracy. This is not just magic... This is Combat Magic, wielded by Sergeant Major William Gravel, Warren Ellis' cult-hit sensation from the pages of STRANGE KISS and STRANGE KILLINGS, now in his own full-color series! From war-torn Afghanistan to the deceptively mundane streets of London, this special introductory chapter sets the stage for a tale so dark, twisted and disturbing that it could only have sprung from the mind of Warren Ellis. SAS soldier Gravel has returned home, only to find that another has taken his place in the mysterious enclave of Britain's seven Occult Detectives. Worse, the seven are now in possession of the legendary Sigsand Manuscript, a supernatural device that could bestow its keepers with a most vile and terrifying power. Gravel has a new mission, one that will be filled with his own unflinching brand of horrific and bloody violence.