Marvel has finally gotten around to announcing who the artist will be on Domino, the Gail Simone-written series announced two weeks ago without an artist attached (because, if you recall, Marvel thinks artists don’t move the needle). It’s David Baldeón, by the way, who will be fresh off the Spirits of Vengeance mini when Domino launches in April.
“I am so very thrilled to be a part of Team Domino!” Baldeon told Marvel.com. “I am a fan of Gail’s work, and I’ve been wanting to work with her for a long time now. The fact that it is with a character like Domino is the icing on the cake. She’s strong, she’s tough, she’s fun and she’s thrilling, and hopefully the art will bring through all of that. We’ve given her a new, sleek look that plays on all of her strengths, her history, and who she is as a character. Plus, this book is a completely different animal from my previous work style-wise, and therefore a chance to go into new grounds. This is going to be an exciting ride!”
Simone explained how Baldeón’s art solidified the vision for the book.
“Since Marvel first asked me to write DOMINO, I knew there was one element that attracted me so much to her, but for some reason, I couldn’t quite name the exact word, Simone said. “Was it stubbornness? Snarkiness? Other characters have those traits, too, but with Domino, there was this thing that represents her, but the word escaped me, and it was vexing. Wonderful editor Chris Robinson had someone in mind for the book, bless him! We immediately started getting the sketches and designs from David, and I knew instantly the concept I had been trying to name, because he drew it right into her eyes. It’s mischief. Domino has a sense of mischief, of high-stakes play, even in the roughest times. She’s lethal and she knows it.”
Below, see the first issue’s variant cover by Baldeón and Jesus Aburtov, as well as the regular cover by Greg Land and Frank D’Armarta. The book hits stores on April 11th.