The Rundown: April 24, 2023

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In case you missed it, IDW and Dark Horse announced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles x Stranger Things,” while Image unveiled several series, including a print edition of Jeff Lemire’s “Fishflies.”

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Cover by Pasquale Qualano

– Titan Comics announced a two-part tie-in to the upcoming multimedia Doctor Who story Doom’s Day, simply titled “Doctor Who: Doom’s Day.” Written by Jody Houser with art by Roberta Ingranata, the comic will follow the assassin Doom, who is searching for the Doctor to help avoid her impending demise, as she encounters the female incarnation of the Master, Missy. The first issue will be released with a main cover by Pasquale Qualano, and a photo variant cover featuring Doom’s actress Sooz Kempner, on July 5. For more information on Doom’s Day, a story designed to mark Doctor Who‘s 60th anniversary this November, head to the official website, and Big Finish’s listing for the audio drama tie-in here.

– KISS frontman Gene Simmons is reviving his character Dominatrix at Opus Comics, in a new series written by Holly Interlandi (“Cradle of Filth”), with art by S.L. Gallant and Maria Keane (“G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero”). Also starting on July 5, the four-issue comic will reboot the story of Dominique Stern, a dominatrix whose life is interrupted “by [an attack from] mysterious agents who seem to have hyper-strength, [leading] her down the rabbit hole of a global conspiracy.” Simmons originally introduced the character in an IDW series by Sean Taylor and Flavio Hoffe in 2007, before taking her to Arcana in 2015. The first issue will have a cover by ’90s “Catwoman” veteran Jim Balent.

– Image will publish “Weird Work,” a surreal sci-fi crime series by writer Jordan Thomas (“Frank at Home on the Farm”) and artist Shaky Kane (“The Bulletproof Coffin”). Described as L.A. Confidential meets Futurama, the comic follows Stellar City detective Ovra Sawce and his new partner, as they investigate a triple homicide. “But what were a billionaire’s assistant, a hood-turned-cult leader, and Sawce’s former partner doing in that warehouse?” Issue #1 (of 4) also releases on July 5.

– Mad Cave announced “Under the Influence,” a five-part satire by writer Eliot Rahal (“Hot Lunch Special”), artist Stefano Simeone (“The Last Days of Black Hammer”), and letterer Frank Cvetkovic. The comic follows Cara Cole, who’s enlisted by the FBI to infiltrate a “cyber-cult” led by a teenage sociopath, after a prank turns deadly. “Now Cara battles against real stakes, fake news, and memes in a character-driven story about power structures and the communities you build.” It also starts on July 5.

– Meanwhile, Mad Cave’s middle-grade imprint Papercutz revealed they will begin branching into publishing illustrated prose novels, beginning with Children of the Phoenix, a Swedish sci-fi series by Oskar Källner. Illustrated by Karl Johnsson, the series follows a brother and sister who are “whisk[ed]” away by aliens while searching for their mother. The first installment, The Eye of the Storm, will be released on December 12, 2023.

– Via Publishers Weekly, Baker & Taylor imprint Paw Prints will publish “Dream Warriors,” a graphic novel series by author Jesse Byrd and artist Yonson Carbonell. The children’s series will follow “magical beings who battle ‘nap to night’ to keep sleeping people safe from bad dreams.” The first installment, “Dream Warriors: Khi’s New Beginning,” will be released in Spring 2024, and see the Bad Dreams team up “to conduct a multi-layer plan to convert all dreams into nightmares and permanently scar the human race; it’s up to the Dream Warriors to defeat them.”

– Finally, Disney+ released the full trailer for American Born Chinese, the series based loosely on Gene Luen Yang’s acclaimed graphic novel. The show stars Ben Wang as Jin Wang, a high school student asked to look after newcomer (and immigrant) Wei-Chen (Jim Liu), before events take a supernatural turn, and the goddess Guanyin (Michelle Yeoh) and the Monkey King (Daniel Wu) show up. The series, also starring Ke Huy Quan, Yeo Yann Yann, Chin Han, Stephanie Hsu, Ronny Chieng, Rosalie Chiang, James Hong, Lisa Lu, and Jimmy O. Yang, releases May 24.

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