Written by Gail Simone
Art by Michael Shelfer
Layouts by David Baldeon
Colors by Jesus Aburtov
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Domino finds herself back to back with Shang Chi, surrounded by people trying to kill them. Considering this not the position Domino thought she would be in with the Master of Kung Fu, she is naturally a little upset. Shang Chi on the other hand, sees this a teachable moment and his confidence in her gives her the boost she needs to jump into action. The fact that Topaz is involved only makes the battle more personal.
Diamondback and Outlaw have their own problems as they confront Topaz and Prototype in the lab where Domino was kept. After battling the pair to a standoff, Outlaw and Diamondback learn more about the pair as well as the revelation of some secrets. Both sides leave the battle in the lab with some pretty serious wounds that need healing. Domino, on the other hand, manages to find something that she’s lost with the help of her new master and that something might just be exactly what she needs to finally stop Topaz and Prototype for good.
Every issue of this series gets better and better with Gail Simone having fun with the story and the characters in it. The dialogue is some of the best I’ve read in a while and Simone does a great job of crafting Domino’s inner monologue to be fun and interesting. I’ve always been on the periphery with my interest in Domino, but this series has really turned me into a fan of her and the side characters in this story. There’s a real sense of these characters being three-dimensional in their personalities and that helps me, as a reader, find reasons to care about what happens to them.
The art is another great aspect of this issue and the series itself. Although David Baldeon only did the layouts in this issue, his style makes these characters come to life on the page. Michael Shelfer does a great job making the art in this issue stunning and memorable with great composition and details. The colors in this issue are also a standout with great use of lights and darks while making some bright colors in the backgrounds really accentuate the foreground action. I continue to be impressed with this series and it is becoming a must read every month.