Domino: Hotshots #1 // Review
Saving the world twice wasn’t enough. Domino is back with new teammates and new high stakes missions. Domino: Hotshots #1 kicks off a brand new miniseries following Domino, along with Diamondback and Outlaw, and the latest heroes they’ve recruited to join their fight. Written by Gail Simone, with art by David Baldeón, colors by Jim Charalampidis, and letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles, Hotshots picks up where the last series left off but with more of an ensemble focus than before.
Domino, Outlaw, and Diamondback are expanding their trio to include Wakandan exile Shoon’Kwa, aka Atlas Bear, Russian spy turned Avenger, Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow, and Ami Han, a secret agent also called White Fox. It’s a team full as dangerous as they are powerful. The ideal team to go after a mysterious artifact from a meteor claimed by three different nations.
With a bigger cast and characters that have so much personality on their own, there’s room for a lot of exciting things to happen. Simone has already begun to examine team dynamics between the heroes while they’re fighting bad guys and while they’re all figuring out how to work together. They might not trust each other yet, but they work well as a fighting team.
Baldeón’s art emphasizes the difference in the fighting styles of each hero while also showing how they work together as a cohesive team. Their individualities are expressed without overwhelming the scene. Charalampidis creates beautifully colored backgrounds to complement the linework, helping to pull everything together.
Hopefully, as the series continues the creative team will keep the great work. Going forward, maybe more characters from the larger Marvel universe will make cameos as allies or villains, helping to cement Domino’s place among the ongoing titles offered by Marvel.