Updated on 16 October, 2021
Domino Comic is a comic book that has been published for thirty years. The creator of the comic was Bill Finger, who also created the comic book industry's first female super hero, Batgirl. In addition, Finger also co-created the television show Smallville, which went on to become one of the most popular television shows of the 21st century. The early run of Domino Comic featured a variety of characters, all of them members of the Crazy Eight gang. The early storylines featured a wide range of characters, but the most interesting one in this collection is "The Demon".
After an unfortunate incident involving a devil and a girl, Gail Simone is transformed into the demon possessed form known as the Black Valkid. The entire premise of the Domino Comic series is based around the struggles of the evil demon to remain a devil, while battling humanity in the mean time. One of the greatest contributions of Finger's creative work to the world of comic books is the fact that he is one of the first writers to take a look at the evil characters and bring them to the forefront of super heroics.
In the midst of fighting the Dead Terror, a band of super heroes called the Watchdogs commandeer a van that contains the much sought after weapon, the Lazarus Pit. But when the pit is stolen by Cable and a number of other super heroes, a battle between the team results in the death of Cable. This is where the character, Cable, makes his comic book debut, and it would only be a matter of time before he gain his reputation as one of the top super villains around.
With Cable being such a popular and well known super villain, there is a good chance that you might not want to read Domino Comics. I had the same thought when I started reading the book. However, I did a little research and found out that Domino was actually a crossover hit with the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. I decided to read the entire first arc, "Dead Zero," to see how Cable would deal with Dead Terror. I hope that gives you a little more insight into why I believe Domino to be one of the best super villains of all time.
This story kicks off in the early years of World War II, when a German submarine runs aground near the coast of Britain. As luck would have it, the submarine is carrying an experimental atomic bomb, and within its armory is a satchel with valuable information. After stealing the bomb, the submarine attacks an British convoy and almost kills thousands of Royal Air Force personnel on the beach. The British military is desperately trying to organize a group of their best troops to counter the attack, but many of them are killed or taken prisoner.
Wolverine, who was also part of the X-Men team during World War II, is one of the few characters whose skills can match that of Cable. He tracks down the submarine that attempted to sink his ship, and then attacks the vessel himself. But Domino arrives just in time, using his newly enhanced speed and agility to outrun and outfight Wolverine. But not even a real superhero's power can stand against the incredible agility and reflexes of Cable. Domino, however, gets the advantage when he tosses Wolverine through a warehouse window (while partially blinded by some shrapnel thrown up by Cable), and later captures him when she drives him through a wrecked bridge in New York.
So far, so good. I love the fact that Domino is a member of the X-Men, and is well-drawn and creative. There's really no reason why this story couldn't have a very successful ending. There were other X-Men related storylines that came out recently that could've been excellent choices for this one, such as Cyclops and Jean Grey. Gail Simone is good at drawing realistic facial expressions, and it looks like the artists did a pretty good job in rendering Cable and Domino's powers, but if they had used a different artist, things might've been a lot different.
Bottom line, though, is that Domino is a fantastic character, and is well-designed to be a great supporting cast for Wolverine and the other X-Men. I hope more writers give him the chance to shine in the future, as he doesn't have much personality. I liked "X-Force: Revenge of the Batmen" a lot, but I feel that there should be more depth to Cable's character. Still, I'll give the writers the benefit of the doubt for the next series featuring Cable, "X-Men: Onslaught." They've proven themselves to be great storytellers so far, I won't be holding my breath waiting for their next outing.