Review: Domino: Strays by Tristan Palmgren

Domino: Strays: A Marvel Heroines Novel
Author: Tristan Palmgren
Publisher: Aconyte
Released: October 6th, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Child abuse, experimentation, cults

4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Domino: Strays in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Domino, the beloved mutant, is getting her own full length novel! You read that right, novel, not graphic novel. Written by Tristan Palmgren, Domino: Strays is about to dive into Domino’s past and present to bring a whole new story to the forefront.

There are two sides to the infamous Domino. There’s her present, where she has worked so hard at creating a team of mercenaries and heroes that she can count on. Together, they take on the big cases, as well as the overlooked cases. Such as the case where two siblings could very well use some help escaping from a cult…

Then there’s Domino’s past. Her history with imprisonment, abuse, and experimentation. It’s a history that many a mutant carries with them, even if the details alter slightly from one to another. Yet that side of her story unfolds as well, on these pages.

“I had known, at the time, that it was a mistake. But because I’m an idiot, that hadn’t stopped me.”

Spoiler Warning

Warnings: Domino: Strays portrays child abuse, experimentation (non-consensual), cults, and other similar subjects and themes.

First of all, can I just say that I absolutely adore that they’ve been making Marvel comics into novels? I adore the comics (obviously) but sometimes it’s nice to have a bit more to sink my teeth into. Especially when it covers my favorite characters, such as Domino.

Domino: Strays is perfect for old and new fans alike. It pulls in themes and events that have happened in her recent series (including Domino: Hotshots). But it also takes the time to explain Domino’s character, her past, and her connection to her friends, so a new fan could easily jump in here, if they so desired.

This was a surprisingly intense read, though perhaps it shouldn’t have been. I know Domino’s history, and I know how dark it gets. Yet the raw emotion in this novel, and the events that come alongside those emotions, cannot be avoided. Nor should it be.

“To do what I do, always take the first marshmallow.”

Despite the heavy tones, Domino does have a way about her. As such, Domino: Strays is full of her sass and flair. Sometimes that means things blow up. Other times that means her besties come in and start breaking stuff. Either way, it’s going to be a lot of fun.

There are plenty of laugh out loud moments to be found within these pages, lots of little references, sometimes even poking at the other characters involved. It’s perfect, and really did read like a longer running Domino series. I would love more of this, if possible!

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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