Domino Annual #1 REVIEW

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

“Rebound”
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.

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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.

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