Domino: Hotshots #2 Review
Writer: Gail Simone
Artists: David Baldeon
Cover Artist: R.B. Silvia & Nolan Woodard
Variant Cover Artists: Kamome Shirahama
Colors: Jim Charalampidis
Letters: Clayton Cowels
Previously in Domino: Hotshots…
After being recruited by both Black Widow and Silver Fox, Domino and her mercenary team the Posse go on the hunt for a strange alien relic and the missing scientists who found it. But upon locating both it and them, the team is confronted by Deadpool, who’s been hired to get the artifact himself…
Picking up immediately after the events of the previous issue, Domino tries to convince Deadpool to leave, but he’s initially unwilling to budge. A fight between both the crazed, crimson Canadian and the Posse breaks out, all while Outlaw begins to suffer the effects of coming into contact with the scientist who merged with the alien-tech and starts seeing visions of Celestials…
The fight eventually ends and Domino is able to convince Wade to join her team, and the group heads off to track down the artifact, but they’re once again intercepted by yet another party interested in the device…
Opinions on story and art
This was another fantastic issue (something I’ve grown very accustomed to saying in regards to this creative team’s work), following up wonderful first issue with an equally engaging second entry! The addition of Deadpool to the group-dynamic is incredibly entertaining, as his very unique perspective clashes against the rest of the characters’ own very effectively. As Gail Simone has written Deadpool previously (as one of the first on-going series she ever wrote for Marvel back in 2002), she’s very experienced at capturing the humour and tragedy of the Merc With A Mouth. And being so familiar with his character, Simone’s able to establish him within this story in the least amount of time necessary, therefore not bogging down the plot of the comic and keeping the pacing smooth. This is vital when one writes Deadpool as a guest-star in another story so that there’s space to allow for all the comedic antics one wishes with Wade Wilson, and Gail Simone’s a master at it.
David Baldeon and Jim Charalampidis are likewise able to capture and convey the physicality of Deadpool extremely well, equally showing off his more comedic aspects with moments of his anatomy being stretched like a Loony Tune in action sequences, while also showing off his more vulnerable emotional core when Domino is trying to talk Wade down. This art team is the perfect match for Gail Simone’s own approach for how to write Deadpool, and I really hope they can develop more stories for Wade in the future.
Of course, Wade Wilson’s only one part of this issue’s contents, and the rest of the comic is just as well-crafted and visually striking. Including a two-page splash of Marvel’s Celestials that is absolutely BREATHTAKING. I believe it’s the best rendering of the ancient titanic beings in a Marvel comic in years, and well worth the price of the comic alone just to stare at the absolute beauty and terror Baldeon and Charalampidis invoke while capturing them. It outdoes the similar two-page splash Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales and David Curiel crafted for Avengers #1 last year, and that is no easy feat!
The remainder of the comic continues to advance the plot very efficiently, further building on the mystery of the strange object Domino and her team are after, with a great twist leading into the next issue closing out this one. And I very much appreciated the increased focus on Inez in this issue, another character Gail Simone’s been writing since 2002, as Outlaw very rarely gets this kind of development.