Comic Book Review: Domino #4
It’s always a good time with Domino, but its nice to have a series where we can see what her world is like when that is not the case. Testing Domino’s powers, relationships, and perspective of the world has made this such an exciting series so far. Breaking off to go on her own adventure now leaves much more focus on her and what she needs. A solid supporting cast is great, but at a point it will take away from the strength of a character’s self-discovery.
Going into this next issue, everything for me was seeing how Domino would get the helped she needed from Shang Chi without falling too head over heels for him. If you know Domino, then you know how easy it can be when she lives in the moment. With that said, it was smart that there could be moments here of seriousness. Her life is falling apart and at the end of the day she can’t afford to allow someone to challenge that makes her who she is. When you’re a mutant it’s not easy to lose something so ingrained into who you are at the core. The sparring between the two was enjoyable. One thing we don’t see enough of is how good Domino is with her hands and feet without guns. Guns make things easier of course, but her powers create a fluent guide for striking the right areas and at the right time.
Despite Domino off on her own, I’m glad that Simone still took us back to how the other two were taking these changes. Even if I said Domino needed that distance, that didn’t mean her supporting cast isn’t important. This story doesn’t let us think any less of them. Especially when it was time for them to put the dots together about what is going on with the distance between them and Domino recently.
I was wondering up to this point what this trip to the past was leading to, and all it took was this one scene for everything to come into perspective. Most times I would find it trouble for a character like Domino to run to the past so consistently, but in her case there’s so much story to tell that we’ve never had the opportunity to explore. Her time experimented on as a child was troublesome, but it changes everything that you thought you knew when there’s someone else who is affected by all that goes good in her life. At the end of this flashback, there was also no more questioning why this new adversary has come for her. The motivations were made clear, and so was the fury they brought with them. Topaz and Desmond in the present really showed why they are a force to be reckoned with. When you fully are aware of what they are capable of together, it was any wonder why they were so focused on playing a long game rather than taking it all in one go.
David Baldeon and Jesus Aburtov continue to impress this issue when they push to have fun with this character and the chaos of her world. Again what sells you on the direction of this story is the expressive nature of these characters. You feel their happiness, their disappointments, and feelings of anger. Not to mention there is how fluent this story tends to be going from one scene into the next, as you would expect from a book that is assumed to be action-packed. What I found both funny and cool was the costume choices for Domino in her training, and then the legitimate costume that Desmond takes on when finally restored to what he is supposed to be. What brings it all together is the dazzling color selection from Aburtov. This is a book where you expect things to be flashy, and he does not disappoint through his use of bold colors and those that pop.
The plot thickens through the events of Domino #4. Excellent story progress, and character focus all around. This creative team really knows what they are doing with these characters to give us pure entertainment and engagement at the same time with a mutant who doesn’t always have that time to slow down and figure herself out.