by Avatar Press Warren Ellis launches his new creator-owned line of books right here with the first four books from Apparat! The four Apparat books are inspired by the pulp magazines of the 1930's and imagine modern day comic books that evolved from the pulps without the influence of super-heroes. Each issue features a full-length story with loads of extra text material by Ellis. Simon Spector is illustrated by Jacen Burrows (Garth Ennis' 303, Ellis' Scars, Bad World, and Dark Blue). Ellis describes the creation of Simon Spector, "Doc Savage, man. The Shadow. The Spider. They were the guys. The antecedents of the American super-heroes, and sharing something of a tone with the British stuff too. These were the guys who didn't screw around. They were stinking rich, mad as arseholes and so bored or otherwise up themselves that they couldn't help but run around and get entangled with bad guys. And did they turn the bad guys over to the cops? Did they hell. They shredded the bad guys with hails of bullets, often from machine-pistols they designed themselves to kill the bad guys more quickly and more messily. At best -- at BEST -- they abducted the bad guys and performed back-room brain surgery on them to Make Them Better Citizens. And then they'd go home to play the violin badly, shag their secret mistresses and, in Doc Savage's case, play with a little box of vials that even as a kid I was convinced contained drugs of some kind. For those of us who loved the pulp heroes, but thought that back then things were a little too coy and way too white, I give you Simon Spector: superhuman detective-adventurer who is also, frankly, here to take drugs and kill people."