Domino Annual #1 REVIEW

Sep 28, 2018

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Domino Annual #1

“Dead Drunk in Dry Gulch”
Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Victor Ibáñez
Colors by: Jay David Ramos

“The Good Fight”
Written by: Fabian Nicieza
Art by: Juan Gedeon
Colors by: Jesus Aburtov

Written by: Dennis Hopeless
Art by: Leonard Kirk
Colors by: Jesus Aburtov

“Domino & The Rejex”
Written by: Leah Williams
Art by: Natacha Bustos
Colors by: Jesus Aburtov

“Saturdays Are for the Body Count”
Written by: Leah Williams
Art by: Michael Shelfer
Colors by: Jesus Aburtov

Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Let me start by saying this was not one of my favorite issues in this Domino run. I understand it was a bit of a breath from Domino #6’s finish and kind of an origin/explanation of how Domino is where she is now, but I didn’t love how it was done.

However, what I did love was the final story, written by Leah Williams (“Domino & The Rejex”). This is where Nightcrawler and Domino host a meeting for mutants who look different from human beings; the ones who can’t exactly hide that they’re mutants.

Towards the end of the issue, Nightcrawler says to Domino about the group they’ve started, called Mindfulness for Mutant Appearances (MMA), “…something like MMA has been needed for a very long time.” Could not agree more.

The X-Men always take on the bigotry, but one topic that never gets it’s due is mutant who are self-conscious about their appearance. It certainly gets mentioned here and there, but I feel like it’s never more than a side-topic. Not that it gets a full-length issue, but it definitely hit me most in an issue that was more a quick highlight reel than anything else.

I’d like to see them do more with this issue and Domino down the road. Again, it’s being subtle about a larger topic that can afford to be mixed in when the majority of comic book characters are jacked.