Domino: Hotshots #1 Review

Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: David Baldeon, Jim Charalampidis, and VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 6, 2019

I am a fan of Gail Simone and I like Domino as a character. Sure, everything that Simone writes isn’t always for me and my like of Domino is pretty surface level, but I went into this with high hopes and a positive attitude. I like fun and these two gals joining up usually bring just that. So, how was this first issue? Let’s find out…

The issue opens with a cold (freezing even) open with a group of people in the Antarctic examining a crater where a “something” has recently crashed into Earth. We don’t get to see what it is, but we do get to see what it does to Gavrie…and it ain’t pretty!

From there, it’s off to Paris and a meeting with Domino and Black Widow. If you didn’t figure out that this is indeed Black Widow, don’t worry, Domino will make sure you do. She is a fangirl and here it is to the max. We learn a little more about the opening, get a lot of back and forth chit chat that is okay and a cool action scene before the two head off to join Domino’s team.

The team is pretty cool and throughout the issue, the art is fantastic. My problem is that we are just thrown into things. I have no idea who half these heroes are and while that may be partly my fault for not finishing the last Domino series, I have to blame Simone a bit for leaving out in the cold. We do get the standard info boxes for each character, but knowing that Outlaw “got a whole Texas thing” may be funny if you are in the know, but it’s not getting me even close.

So, from here, I was hoping that this was going to be a learn on the job type of deal which I am fine with. However, after talking about coffee, the gals land in Buenos Aires and it really felt like I missed some pages. They make a pact, head to a cemetery, meet the doctor from the first couple pages (which is not very clear at first) and then fight it out with Gavrie from the beginning as well. The fight is okay, but characters end up moving around in strange ways between panels and without knowing the characters, I was left trying to figure out things out as we went. The biggest moment is when you see that Outlaw may have some residual effects from the fight, but that’s for later.

The issue ends with a cool cliffhanger, but it’s only cool because of who it is. I don’t know how he fits into the story, but it’s sure to get some cool laughs and action no matter what.

I didn’t like this first issue much. Gail Simone seemed more intent to give readers snappy dialogue at the expense of story and after reading this first issue, I was left with a ton of questions. Granted, questions aren’t a bad thing to be left with, but not ones like “who the hell is that” or “what just happened”.

Final Thoughts:

I was looking forward to this book, but after reading the first issue I am a bit down on it. Gail Simone seems to focus on the wrong things to get her story going and by the end, I was left more confused than excited and I felt like I was already being left behind a bit. The art is great and the dialogue is snappy, but I need more setup for what’s going on. Hopefully, that’s what we’ll get from here on out.


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