Z2 will kick off an ambitious new IP universe with a graphic novel, Death for Hire: The Origin of Tehk City, which is the prequel to a new animated series, Tehk City. Plans call for music, toys, NFTs, and other items that will tie in to the IP.

The graphic novel, which is scripted by Gary Phillips with art by Montos, is a hard-crime story that leads directly into the animated series. The characters are based on, and will be voiced by, a raft of actors and rap luminaries, including Ice-T, Coco, Snoop Dogg, Tracy Morgan, Busta Rhymes, Mike Epps, Treach, Arabian Prince, Peter Scanavino, Roxanne Shante, Ben Baller, Styles P, Tone Trump, Emilio Rivera, Tommy the Animator, and Shannon Eric Denton. The graphic novel is slated for May 2023 release in several formats: the standard edition, a hardcover with an MSRP of $29.99, a deluxe slipcovered edition that includes posters and collector cards with an MSRP of $99.99, and a signed platinum NFT edition, an oversized hardcover autographed by Ice-T, Arabian Prince, and Tommy the Animator, plus a number of extras including an NFT, with an MSRP of $299.99. The platinum edition will be limited to 500 copies.

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