DOMINO: HOTSHOTS #1 / Writer: Gail Simone / Artist: David Baldeon / Colorist: Jim Charalampidis / Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles / Published March 6th, 2019
An alien entity has crashed on Earth and Domino has been tasked with tracking and neutralizing it. Domino can’t do it alone though. Luckily she has a team consisting of Black Widow, White Fox, Atlas Bear, Outlaw, and Diamondback at her back.
Domino: Hotshots #1 opens on an alien artifact crashing in Antarctica. A group of scientists discovers the crashed object. It’s all straight out of John Carpenter’s The Thing. Meanwhile, Domino is invited to a meet Black Widow in France. Widow wants to join Domino and her team on the hunt for the alien. The newly formed Hotshots track and find the alien, but first contact does not go well. It feels like the Hotshots catch up to the alien quickly, but I’m glad we get to see how dangerous and powerful the alien is right away.
Gail Simone’s writing is her trademark style of smart, funny, lightning-quick dialogue with over the top action. Domino fangirling over Black Widow is a lot of fun and it helps pull us into the story. Who wouldn’t geek out over meeting an Avenger? I appreciate that there wasn’t an overly long “gathering the team” montage. Instead, Simone jumps us right into the thick of the action.
David Baldeon is continuing as the artist from the previous Domino run. His style meshes well with the tone of Simone’s script. I really liked the character’s faces and how expressive they are, showing emotional moments and some great funny reactions. I wouldn’t mind one or two more panels in each of the fights to help with the flow of the action. Jim Charalampidis’s colors are good, especially in the look of the alien creature. He practically glows right off the page with a look that feels like classic Jack Kirby Celestial designs.
I really enjoyed the previous Domino arc, and I’m happy to see that this keeps the same tone and style. Domino: Hotshots #1 is a strong opening, setting up several interesting threads for the future.
VERDICT: 4 out of 5