Review – Domino: Hotshots #1 (Marvel)

  • Writing - 8/10
  • Art - 8/10
  • Overall - 8/10

Domino: Hotshots #1

Author: Gail Simone
Artist: David Baldeon
Cover Artist: R. B. Silva
Released: March 6th, 2019
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T+

Domino: Hotshots #1 brings with it an unexpected team-up, as well as all of the charm and chaos we’ve come to expect from Domino and her besties.

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Domino: Hotshots Has an Unexpected Team-Up


Domino: Hotshots brings us an unexpected, but certainly not unwelcome, team-up. It makes sense that Domino made her way into a mini-series focused on saving the world – that woman is good at getting herself into some messy situations. Good thing she’s lucky.

The first issue of Hotshots does a decent job of introducing the plot and explaining the team-up. This issue liberally sprinkes humor we’ve come to expect for Neena and her pals. This series, while short, is perfect for the fans of hers out there.


Domino: Hotshots #1 Cover Art by R. B. Silva

The introduction to Domino: Hotshots #1 was one of the better ones I’ve seen in some time. It was beautiful, compelling, and just a tiny bit eerie. It immediately grabbed my attention and made me want to keep reading.

Things quickly went from eerie to ‘oh this isn’t going to be good’ in short order, but that was to be expected. The event wasn’t explained in great detail, but that’s a good thing. Our heroines needed to explore the situation before we could learn more.

Gail Simone set up the plot well and did a great job of explaining why so many different characters would end up together. Okay, Neena, Outlaw, and Diamondback together make complete sense. They’re a team, as anybody who’s been reading Domino would know. Same for Atlas Bear, though there are still some doubts about her. Black Widow and White Fox needed a bit more explaining. Which Simone gave us, thankfully.

This team being together is telling of the situation, and even better? It even explains why the situation could end up being so dire, while also not bringing in the heavy hitters. I adore it when a series actually covers for things like that.


The artwork for Domino: Hotshots #1 was exactly what I was hoping for. That’s to be expected though since David Baldeon is the artist for the main Domino series as well. So our main four look exactly like we’re used to. Baldeon did a decent job with both Black Widow and White Fox as well. They weren’t immediately obvious as to who they were – but both were in street gear and trying to be discreet, so it was actually well done.

The fight scenes were well done, but the real highlight of this issue had to be the effects of the…let’s call it the power of the antagonist, to avoid spoilers. It was disturbing and memorable all in one. It immediately read as something other and dangerous, which was perfect.


Domino: Hotshots #1 was an interesting and fast-paced issue. There was a strong balance between the serious and the humorous in this issue, which is to be expected. Neena has a way of calming down even the worst of moments. Which is good, because they’re going to need that with what is sure to happen in the following issues.

This plot is a shorter series to be sure, and while it may not reach out and affect all of the characters in the Marvel universe, it’s clearly already affecting some of them. The characters involved made sense, showing the thought that went into writing this mini-series.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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