Domino is known for being a mercenary, through and through. Of course, the main requirement for a mercenary is for them to kill the individual they are assigned to kill. Wakandan expatriate Shoon’kwa ordered Domino to take out Longshot in order to prevent him from catalyzing the end of humanity. In DOMINO #10 though, our titular merc decides to not live by her job description. Rather, she saves Longshot’s life instead.

DOMINO #10 features a surprisingly optimistic tale that reminds us of Domino’s heroic traits, traits that are not often clearly depicted. However, though the issue successfully showcases these facets of Domino’s characterization, the work falls flat as a whole.

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DOMINO #10 page 4. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The Oddest Allergy You’ve Ever Heard Of

As previously mentioned, Shoon’kwa hired Domino to kill Longshot, but Domino fails to do so. In fact, she saves him and suggests that there is a way to “cure” Longshot of whatever is inside of him that will cause the cataclysm of humanity’s apocalypse.

So, the three of them alongside Outlaw and Diamondback travel to the Mojoverse to discover said cure. During their stint in the Mojoverse, the squad encounters a plethora of evil slavers.

So, they decide to take them out.

Though this sequence is an exciting, action-packed one, it does go on for a little bit too long.

However, the story does return to its main direction immediately after.

Mojoverse scientists find a way to save Longshot, who happens to have a specific allergy to humanity — an allergy that would have catalyzed humanity’s demise had it not been for those scientists.

This explanation and ultimate “curing” of Longshot is incredibly ambiguous. As a result, the resolution of this particular arc feels too convenient. I would have liked more detail on the issue’s resolution and the manner in which the scientists “cured” Longshot.

As a result of DOMINO #10’s thin resolution, Domino’s characterization comes across as one-dimensional. Yes, she sympathizes with her target and saves humanity in the process. However, the issue’s lack of solid development and overarching attempt to be a poignant story takes substance away from Domino’s persona in this issue.

DOMINO #10 does not engage with her as much as it could, which is a damn shame. Thus, this particular installment attempts to be a heartfelt tale, but lacks the substance to attain that nature.

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DOMINO #10 page 6. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The Many Hues of DOMINO #10

Once again, the artwork of DOMINO is another gripe of mine. However, the opening pages are actually quite engaging.

The image of Longshot falling to his death as Domino watches over is incredibly haunting. Interestingly, the following page contrasts that haunting tone with anticipation as the page depicts Domino diving off a skyscraper to rescue Longshot.

What I like most about these specific pages is the depth by which the setting establishes itself. You feel the grandeur and height of the skyscrapers. You sense the danger Longshot faces as he falls off a skyscraper of such height.

The rest of the issue does not comprise that depth, that dimension.

I feel as though the artists missed a great opportunity to employ an awesome depiction of the Mojoverse. Ultimately, the sequences depicting the multiverse fall flat as they fall short in comprising unique, engaging images.

Exploring the Mojoverse should feel odd and unique. Unfortunately, we do not get those vibes in this issue.

So, overall, the imagery of DOMINO #10 just misses the mark in the art department.

What Lies Beyond

DOMINO can be an incredibly frustrating series. Some issues are exceptional, others are exceptionally disappointing.

Unfortunately, DOMINO #10 falls under the disappointing category.

Overall, I feel as though the main problem of this work lies in the character development in addition to the story’s resolution.

Everything felt quite one-note and all too convenient.

Thus, I hope upcoming issues alter this one’s formula to contribute to a more precise story.

DOMINO #10 by Gail Simone, David Baldeón, Michael Shelfer, Alberto Alburquerque, Anthony Piper, Victor Olazaba, Ed Tadeo, Carlos Lopez, & Clayton Cowles
DOMINO #10 tries really hard to be a cohesive, inspiring tale, but it falls short as it fails to provide a substantial narrative.
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