Outlaw: Relentless: A Marvel Heroines Novel
Series: Marvel Aconyte Novels, Marvel Heroines
Author: Tristan Palmgren
Released: September 28th, 2021
Woo! My favorite Marvel heroine (okay, one of my many favorites) is finally stealing the spotlight! Outlaw is finally (finally) getting her own novel, and I am all sorts of excited for this news. Written by Tristan Palmgren, Outlaw: Relentless is a book I’ve been waiting for.
Inez Temple is known to most as Outlaw. She’s a stubborn and strong member of Domino’s team. She’s also one of her best friends. Inez usually likes to consider herself the reliable sort, but when Johnny Dee enters the scene, all of the traits she so fondly held onto seem to slip away.
Not by choice, mind you. Johnny Dee is a notorious telepath, one that hates mutants in particular. He’s forcing Outlaw to forget all of her abilities and memories, but for what reason? Well, the reason almost doesn’t matter, as Outlaw is still going to get her revenge.
If you love Outlaw (aka Inez Temple), then you’re going to love Outlaw: Relentless. I know I did! But perhaps I was always going to enjoy this novel, as I find Inez a seriously underrated and underutilized heroine.
Outlaw: Relentless is set firmly in place with the rest of Inez’s Marvel appearances. There are references to other moments, mostly from her (unfairly shorter) time in comics. Suppose you want to fully understand these scenarios, considering reading: Domino, Domino: Hotshots, and Agent X. Also, while we’re at it: read Domino: Strays, which is also written by Tristan Palmgren, who clearly gets these characters. Wait, do you think that means there’s a Diamondback novel on the horizon? Yes, please!
I’ve always loved Outlaw’s strong personality, so it was really wonderful to see her get a solo arc here. Yet it was also a very down-to-earth novel, in the sense that what she was dealing with felt very personal (nearly losing everything that makes you who you are would be personal, yeah).
Honestly, Outlaw: Relentless just made me wish all the more that we could see this character more often. I love her so much.
Thanks to Aconyte and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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