Domino: Hot Shots #1 (Marvel Comics)
Gail Simone is one of those comic writers that I’ll always check out regardless of the character she’s writing, and I gotta say, I’m glad she falls into that category for me, cause I never would have checked this issue out otherwise. Paired with artist David Baldeon for Domino: Hot Shots, a new miniseries starring one of the major characters from Deadpool II, Simone crafts a fun spy romp in the Marvel universe, putting a spotlight on not only Domino, but some other cool Marvel ladies as well.
One of the strengths of Hot Shots is obviously Gail Simone’s script. At this point, I don’t need to tell you that she’s one of the strongest writers in comics today, but you know what? I’m going to do it anyways. Simone gives Domino a great characterization, and I love how she has quiet moments of awe when talking to Black Widow. With a pedigree of books like Secret Six under her belt, Gail Simone would be able to rest on her laurels, but it’s nice to see that she’s still giving it her all.
David Baldeon made a splash with Spirits of Vengeance when Marvel did the Legacy relaunch, and while his art was great in that series, it’s even better here. Baldeon’s style couldn’t be more perfectly matched for this title, and he’s able to use his gifts of crafting great action set pieces and character facial work in ways that not only work with Simone’s script, but enhance it as well.
I wasn’t expecting to add Domino: Hot Shots to my pull list, but I’m definitely curious to see where this book goes now. That shouldn’t be a surprise given how much I enjoy Gail Simone’s work, but it’s nice to see that she’s still got it when it comes to writing comics. I can’t wait to see what the next issue brings us.