Domino: Hotshots #2
Writing - 8/10
Art - 9/10
Overall - 8.5/10
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Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: David Baldeon
Colorist: Jim Charalampidis
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artists: R.B. Silva & Frank D’Armata
Variant Cover Artist: Kamome Shirahama
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: April 3rd, 2019
There’s a friendly cameo in Domino: Hotshots #2, but there’s also an unexpected new antagonist up against our odd little ragtag team.
A Fan Favorite Makes A Cameo in Domino: Hotshots #2
Domino: Hotshots was intended to be a five-issue series, so we knew right from the start that it was going to be a fast-paced ride. Still, forewarning aside, it’s hard to believe how much has happened in just two short issues. In Domino: Hotshots #2, Domino gains both an ally and a completely unexpected antagonist. Well, I should say that she gains an extra antagonist, because the plot had already pretty much created one of its own.
Gail Simone has a way of throwing twists and humor around and make it look good. Domino: Hotshots #2 is full of inane moments, surprising revelations, and some much-appreciated backstory from an oft-neglected character.
What I really appreciated in this issue was the shift in perspective. In this one issue alone, we’re given the perspective of three different characters. Domino is obviously one of them, but the other two shared drastic viewpoints. And honestly? While one of them was expectedly quirky and eccentric, the other was refreshing. We don’t normally get to read from that character’s point of view, and thus we don’t know as much about her as I’d like. Plus, the context was somewhat important, given what was happening at the time.
The character they come up against in this issue was, as I said, unexpected. So unexpected that I’m actually anticipating a juke or some other dramatic revelation. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but it’s been interesting, so I’m going to go with good. Plus, it was fun to see Domino go into rage mode, so bonus points for that.
There were a lot of characters and action in Domino: Hotshots # 2. But despite all that they had to cram in here, all the characters appeared to look true to their designs. And you can clearly see the influence from some of the characters in the page formatting as well. It was a solid choice.
As I mentioned above, there were three main perspectives for this issue. And yet it was immediately obvious whose perspective we were seeing from, and when it changed to somebody else. I never once had trouble telling who was talking/thinking at any point in time.
David Baldeon was the main artist for this issue, with Jim Charalampidis being the color artist. Both artists worked together flawlessly to give us action-filled pages. And there was a lot of action to be shown in this issue. Clayton Cowles should also get some credit here, as the letterer. It was his work that made the different perspectives so distinct, even when they shared the same page.
Domino: Hotshots has been an interesting and intense series so far. It’s been full of new team-ups and snappy one-liners. Domino: Hotshots #2 continues that trend, but it also throws even more into the mix. As if the newly formed team didn’t have enough to deal with. But it does make for an interesting read.
If you’re looking for a fun new team going up against crazy odds, then this is likely a series you should check out. And as a bonus, it includes lots of relatively well-known characters making cameos left and right.
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