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Review: Domino: Hotshots #1

Domino and her team are recruited for a new mission in this new mini-series that’s a hell of a lot of fun.

Domino: Hotshots #1 is by Gail Simone, David Baldeon, Jim Charalampidis, and Clayton Cowles.

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Preview: Domino: Hotshots #1

Domino: Hotshots #1

(W) Gail Simone (A) David Baldeon (CA) R. B. Silva
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

BULLY, BRAWLER, MERCENARY, SPIES: THE MARVEL UNIVERSE’S HOTTEST TEAM IS HERE!
• Domino and her pals Outlaw and Diamondback are caught between warring nations! And it’ll take a whole new crew of international women of mystery to sort it out!
• Featuring the titanic talents of Gail Simone (Birds of Prey) and David Balde n (Spirits of Vengeance)!

Domino: Hotshots #1

Preview: Domino #10

Domino #10

(W) Gail Simone (A) David Baldeon, Alberto Alburquerque, Anthony Piper, Michael Shelfer (CA) Gang Hyuk Lim
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jan 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!
• You saw her on the silver screen, now Domino’s live and direct from the Mojoverse!
• Can you guess which special guest is along for the ride?
• The answer’s a real long shot…

Preview: Domino #9

Domino #9

(W) Gail Simone (A) David Baldeon (CA) Gang Hyuk Lim
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

STAY LOW AND KEEP FIRING!
Domino’s luck seems to have a mind of its own sometimes, whether her intentions are noble or not. A very SPECIAL GUEST arrives to show Domino how it’s done!

Domino #9

Domino. Black Widow. White Fox. Atlas Bear. Outlaw. Diamondback. Together this March in Domino: Hotshots

Domino. Black Widow. White Fox. Atlas Bear. Outlaw. Diamondback. This March, Marvel invites you to meet a dangerous crew of international women – the newest group of hot shots to enter the Marvel Universe! Celebrated Domino creative team Gail Simone and David Baldeon are bringing you an all-new story filled with feisty femme fatales, intense action, mercenary adventures, and espionage.

Who are the hotshots? Find out this March, when Domino: Hotshots #1 hits local comic stores with a cover by R.B. Silva!

Domino: Hotshots #1

Preview: Domino #8

Domino #8

(W) Gail Simone (A) David Baldeon (CA) Gang Hyuk Lim
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Nov 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

A REAL PAIN IN THE NECK!
• Pale skin…long hair…skintight black bodysuit… No, not Domino…it’s Morbius the Living Vampire!

Preview: Domino #7

Domino #7

(W) Gail Simone (A) David Baldeon (CA) Gang Hyuk Lim
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Oct 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• After the explosive events of “Killer Instinct” and DOMINO ANNUAL #1, Neena Thurman has a new mission…

Review: Domino #1 and #2

Gail Simone is one of my absolute favorite contemporary comics writers and Domino is peak Gail Simone.

This brand new solo series starring the former X-Force character, Domino is laden with tough ladies, genuinely funny humor, messy people with issues making believably bad choices, and Runaways references (the band, not the superhero team).

Our protagonist, Neena Thurman aka Domino is a hard living super powered mercenary with a heart of gold and concealing some highly compartmentalized past trauma. After nailing just that sort of character writing the beloved cult favorite Secret Six series for DC Comics, having Simone return to Marvel to write Domino’s first solo series was a perfect fit.

The pre-New 52 incarnation of Secret Six was some of the best cape comics of this century. Simone has stretched her wings in a number of different directions since including creator owned work like the psychological horror of The Clean Room and licensed work like her Tomb Raider series that was more heart-pounding than it had any right to be. But good as it was, none of that scratched my itch for Secret Six. Domino feels more like a return to form from Simone than anything I’ve read for a long time and it’s exactly what I was hoping for.

Gail does an amazing job introducing the characters’ powers in the first issue. Domino’s teammates here are pretty minor characters but Simone is the expert at making us care about random D-listers and this continues that storied legacy.

Simone even introduces some complex issues like mutants with pretty privilege or mutants with passing privilege. Domino is an interesting character in terms of privilege: her probability altering “good luck powers” are a security blanket. You can’t kill her, but she sure as hell can feel pain in the process of surviving.

She’s beautiful. But she’s a mutant, subject to discrimination and bigotry. She can’t blend in with the crowd — her skin is white as a sheet and one of her eyes has a black dot that was, unknown to me previously, forcibly tattooed onto her face. The story starts to delve into the social implications of her particular combinations of identities and appearance.

The art by David Baldeón is rubbery and well suited to humorous scenes, especially his expressive faces. Unfortunately it follows the standard pitfall of cookie cutter depictions of women’s bodies and proportions. The good news is Domino’s outfits are refreshingly in character. Her combat gear is reasonably practical, her street clothes are attractive and echo her black and white color scheme.

And maybe I can imagine Renegade going into a fight against bad guys pants-less and wearing a leather halter bustier. Maybe. But it still feels like the art is doing that to serve some basic bro desires rather than serving the good of the story.

Clayton Cowles‘ letters always offer perfect emphasis and clarity. Jesus Aburtov’s colors are crisp and focus on Domino’s color themes. Maybe someday the gods of comics will see to set us free from the plague of Greg Land tacky, traced covers of cloned women currently plaguing many of my favorite creators, undermining their feminist content. But today is not that day.

Also there’s a cute dog. Cute dogs have become a hallmark of Marvel’s solo comics about grown ass ladies (we miss you Mockingbird!)

I’m totally cool with a trend that cute.

Preview: Domino #2

Domino #2

(W) Gail Simone (A) David Baldeon (CA) Greg Land
Parental Advisory
In Shops: May 09, 2018
SRP: $3.99

UNLUCKY STARS
• Marvel’s #1 soldier of fortune’s luck has finally gone south… turning her life as a mercenary upside down!
• Plus: Who is Domino’s evil counterpart?
• Guest-starring AMADEUS CHO!

Review: Domino #1

Impossible curves. Impossible shots. Impossible targets. Marvel’s #1 soldier of fortune is back in an explosive new ongoing series! The product of a failed super-soldier program, Neena Thurman always made her own luck as the sharpshooting mercenary known as Domino… but what happens when her own powers betray her? The hunter becomes the hunted as every mercenary in the game smells blood in the water!

Domino has always been a character that I’ve enjoyed in comics and felt while there’s been highlights, she’s never quite got the justice, or depth, she deserved. Now, writer Gail Simone is taking on this rather lucky mutant in a new series and is doing just that. Domino #1 mixes action with laughs and some depth (in a few ways).

I haven’t read everything she’s been in but it always felt like Domino was defined by her powers and her looks. Simone seems to recognize that in some ways and does so without beating around the bush. She’s good looking and her mutant powers can be cool. But, how did she get that eye tattoo? Are her powers really that good? Simone begins to explore all of that in this first issue that delivers Neena the person as well as Neena the mercenary. She does all that while also delivering some fun by letting Domino lower her inhibitions and let her hair down so to speak.

Artist David Baldeón and colorist Jesus Aburtov help things out with a mix of action, sexy, and humor throughout the comic. The art team seem to be in sync with Simone that this is a character that’s more than eye candy. There’s a lot of humor here, physical humor through images, and there’s some not so flattering moments as well. There’s a lot of characters packed in here and they all look great. Solid combo of writer and artist.

I wasn’t sure what I was expecting but this is a fantastic start to the series that shows that there’s a lot more to Domino than her looks and powers. I’m all in for the series and can’t wait to see what Simone and team have in store next.

Story: Gail Simone Art: David Baldeón
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover: Greg Land, Frank D’Armata
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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