Domino #9 // Review
As a mercenary, Domino has to be prepared to take on anyone; old friends, former teammates, sometimes even the person who hired her. Issue 9 is written by Gail Simone, with art by David Baldeón and Michael Shelfer, colors by Guru-eFX (Joe Weltjens), inking by Roberto Poggi, and letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles.
Fresh from their victory against a hoard of vampires, Domino, Outlaw, and Diamondback are ready to relax and enjoy a party they had planned, but Shoon’Kwa, the Wakandan soldier who hired them for the last mission, has other ideas. She reveals her true identity and tries to hire the girls to kill one of Domino’s former allies, Longshot. Domino struggles with this assignment. She doesn’t want to hurt someone she has worked with before, someone she thinks is innocent. However, Shoon’Kwa reveals that Longshot may destroy the world.
Gail Simone writes quite a bit of action in this issue, but manages to include character development for Domino. Her struggle with saving a friend vs potentially saving the future reveals a lot about who she is. Shoon’Kwa’s backstory also helps develop her more as a character making her a much more interesting addition to the story.
Baldeón and Shelfer show their creative abilities in the design of Shoon’Kwa’s armor. Inspired by an ancient African bear, it pays homage to her Wakandan roots, and gives her a unique look. The same level of detail is shown to Domino, Outlaw, and Diamondback’s costume changes, and all of the backgrounds.
The coloring in this issue is reminiscent of the previous issues, primarily using a cool-toned color palette. Weltjens does an especially good job coloring the backgrounds, making them beautiful but not taking any attention away from the action.
Because this arc is just beginning the issue ends with a cliffhanger so not everything is wrapped up right away. This is frustrating because there’s a month long wait for answers, but to team behind Domino will hopefully make this wait well worth it.