When it comes to the life of a mercenary, there are no rest days. Previously in DOMINO, our titular merc took down the vengeful Topaz in an epic, and quite emotional, battle. Since then, though, Domino has been pursuing new missions. Now in DOMINO #8, she comes face-to-face with one of Marvel’s most notorious figures: Morbius.

Alongside Topaz and Diamondback, the two must discover a way to save humanity from the wrath of a dangerous new villain. However, when it comes to saving the world, Morbius and Domino have vastly different motives.

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DOMINO #8 page 1. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

From Dusk ‘Til Dawn

DOMINO #8 opens with Domino, Outlaw, and Diamondback assessing the contents of a box they have retrieved during a mission. Upon deciding to open the box, they discover that none other than Morbius is inside. He claims that they must work together to save humanity, but first, he must feed. So, Domino offers herself up. During the feeding process, she claims to have established a connection with him, one that allows her to understand him as an individual in a much more intimate way.

As the team begins their rescue mission together, Morbius reveals that he was once a human being suffering from a deadly virus. He traded this suffering for immortality. However, he laments his decision since it forced him to become a killer in order to live. Morbius also reveals that certain beings are using his blood to turn people into vampires. Thus, when those new vampires drink from a human, they spread that deadly virus within Morbius.

So, the team descend into the depths of the ocean to fight the King responsible for the epidemic. They end up defeating the King, only to be confronted by a vampire hunter. Surprisingly though, Domino fends off the hunter in order to save Morbius’ life.

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DOMINO #8 page 3. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

There is No Victor

Gail Simone’s work on DOMINO #8 is perhaps one of this series’s best thus far. Morbius’ role is particularly complex since he expresses a genuine desire to save humanity. Though, this desire stems from his need for humanity in order to survive.

He needs humanity so that he may feed off of them. Therefore, it is no surprise that Domino feels incredibly conflicted throughout this issue. At times, she sympathizes with Morbius. At other times and upon the end of the issue, she resents him.

Domino does save humanity, yet she knows that a plethora of humans are doomed due to Morbius’ nature.

Consequently, DOMINO #8 excels through its narrative because of this primary conflict. This specific arc can provoke a variety of interpretations though most will agree that someone does come out a loser in this mission.

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DOMINO #8 page 4. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The Many Hues of DOMINO #8

The artwork of DOMINO has been a contentious point of the series. Though this issue depicts some preexisting flaws, including inconsistent character depictions and a lack of dimension in the settings, there are some strong aspects.

Firstly, the initial battle between Domino, Outlaw, Diamondback, and Morbius maintains some stand-out moments. I particularly enjoy David Baldeón’s touch of showcasing Morbius’ image in the reflection of a broken mirror. Additionally, Morbius’ coloring tones juxtaposed with that of every other character in the issue showcases just how separate he is from them. Through this, colorist Jesus Aburtov puts the notable vampire front and center of this narrative.

We come to understand that his perceptions and actions greatly differ from those of Domino. Thus, the coloring truly emphasizes the contrasts between these primary characters.

Finally, the sequence depicting Morbius feeding off of Domino is especially dark yet captivating. We are right there with Domino as she descends into the frightening darkness Morbius’ bite pulls her into.

It is truly a terrifying sequence, one that gives this issue an overarching tone of horror.

So, though the artwork has its flaws, it definitely has shining moments.

What Lies Beyond

DOMINO #8 provides us with an excellent series of events. Morbius’ inclusion in the issue is fantastically handled as his character presents an interesting antithesis to Domino herself.

Now, the conclusion of DOMINO #8 previews a new adventure for our titular merc to pursue.

However, one cannot help but wonder if this is the last we will see of her missions alongside Morbius.

Hopefully, it is not.

DOMINO #8 by Gail Simone, David Baldeón, Jesus Aburtov, & Clayton Cowles
Morbius is undoubtedly this issue's best aspect as Domino's "moral compass" is greatly challenged.
85 %
a delectable installment
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