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Ice-T & Arabian Prince Band Together For ‘Death For Hire’ Graphic Novel and Animated Series

Ice-T and Arabian Prince have teamed up with graphic artist Tommy The Animator for upcoming graphic novel and series Death For Hire.

Legendary West Coast emcees Ice-T and Arabian Prince are bringing their skills to the graphic novel world courtesy of Z2 Comics. On Thursday (September 8), the rappers announced their debut graphic novel with artist Tommy The Animator titled DEATH FOR HIRE: The Origin of Tehk City, which will release in summer 2023.

The graphic novel will precede a new animated series starring Ice-T, his wife Coco, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Tracy Morgan, Mike Epps, Styles P, Tone Trump, Roxanne Shanté and more.

Here’s the synopsis:

Within these pages, crooked Mayor Chuck Davis (Ice-T), his deadly female assassin Rhonda Knuckles (Coco), and right-hand-man Maniac Max (Treach) navigate the savage law of the street. With his hands occupied in everything from money laundering to hired hits, Davis tries to stay one step ahead of the competition in the Round Table Gang—Benny Tang (Ben Baller), Azul Michoacan (Emilio Rivera), and Vinny “Pipes” Roselli—who have controlled the black market undercurrent of Tehk City for years. But information comes at a price, especially when purchased by Pretty Black (Snoop Dogg), whose black market network feeds him intelligence from the furthest reaches of Tehk City. Davis and his crew will soon learn that grabbing power from the top dog can take you sky high or drag you to the grave.

“You want some real punch-you-in-the-face action? Then DEATH FOR HIRE is it!” co-creator and writer Ice-T said about the graphic novel in a press statement.

“Everybody better get ready for the ride of a lifetime—DEATH FOR HIRE: The Origin Of Tehk City is coming hot off the presses of Z2 Comics,” co-creator and co-writer Arabian Prince added. “Starring the homie Ice-T and a list of stars never before seen in one place, get ready to explore the origin leading up to the animated series of Tehk City—y’all ain’t ready!”

“Ice-T, Arabian and Tommy have assembled an all-star cast of hip-hop heavyweights and Hollywood superstars to populate Tehk City from the ground up,” said Z2 Partner Josh Bernstein. “Z2 is truly honored to work with rap royalty as we build out this vast IP universe together.”

Preorder Death For Hire via Z2 Comics here.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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