As superhero films have grown in popularity, they’ve created an opportunity for obscure characters to be introduced to a wider audience. For example, Deadpool 2 is set to showcase a number of characters that casual viewers have likely never heard of. A character I’m looking forward to seeing in the movie is Domino. In the comics, Domino is tied to the X-Men and X-Force. So, what exactly makes the character interesting?
Domino, AKA Neena Thurman, was created by writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Rob Liefeld. She was introduced in the pages of 1992’s X-Force #8. However, the character was first mentioned in 1991’s New Mutants #98, where the shapeshifting mutant Copycat assumed her identity.
At a young age, Domino was placed into a breeding programme with the intention of creating the perfect weapon. Experiments led to her developing probability-manipulating powers, though the programme deemed her a failure. Domino was rescued by her biological mother and she was left in the care of Father Boschelli in the Church of the Sacred Heart in Chicago.
Eventually, Domino left the church to become a mercenary and helped to found the group known as Six Pack. During this time she met Cable, with the two of them starting a relationship. The group were brutal, carrying out several missions that hardened Domino’s outlook. At one point, she was held captive for over a year by the villainous Tolliver, though Cable and the New Mutants helped to set her free. Afterwards, Domino joined X-Force, becoming one of the core members.
Despite being a member of the X-Men, Domino has always worked better in the shadows. Her mercenary background has given her experience of black op missions, which she’s used to help protect mutants and make money for herself. Her effectiveness in combat is made even more efficient by her luck-based powers. Her powers allow her to subconsciously affect probability fields to work in her favour. This takes the form of ‘good luck’ while her opponents often have ‘bad luck.’
Domino’s luck powers have helped her in a variety of situations. She’s been able to jam enemy weapons, shut down an overloading nuclear reactor and evade more powerful opponents. Her powers are stress-based, activated when she’s fighting. In order for the good luck to take effect, Domino needs to engage in a situation that she can actively change.
As a result of her powers, Domino’s brain constantly generates a current of bioelectric pulses that instinctively guide her movements. This has enhanced her reflexes to superhuman levels. When paired with her combat training, Domino is an excellent fighter and marksman.
Zazie Beetz is playing Domino in Deadpool 2, so it’ll be interesting to see how she’s portrayed. You can also catch Domino in a new solo series written by Gail Simone.