Domina: Society's Ilk is a metaphoric nod to the professional wrestling concept of putting somebody over. I did not want to craft an origin story because Domina is much too tenured a superheroine for that, and in launching the new Dope KPC imprint with a much shorter novelette, she needed to hit the ground running. To do this, I enlisted subtle inferences from the SpaceStation Colt imprint and one major cameo: Dope KPC was originally supposed to be Dyoogie's imprint. Their conversation is being held at both literal and figurative frequencies before the classy Dyoogie steps aside for her.
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it's the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.