Who is Domino?
Kotobukiya presents a new addition to the Marvel line of bishoujo statues. Domino, the mutant with the power of incredible luck and a member of X-Force, is now part of this line of figurines featuring the greatest female characters of the Marvel Universe.
Domino has been one of the most popular mutants in the Marvel X-Men line of comic books since her introduction. She was originally a character heavily influenced by the extreme character design of the 1990s, but she has since been developed into a very layered character, making her a fan favorite among X-Men fans. Domino has appeared in the Marvel comic books, video games, animation, and movies and is also a very popular character in the cosplay community. She is usually found as part of the X-Force team in the X-Universe line of comic books, but she has been part of numerous groups in the mutant world. Early in her Marvel adventures, she is seen on teams which included Cable, the time-traveling mutant who debuted not long before Domino. Since these early days, Domino has branched off to have adventures of her own, starring in her own limited series in the Marvel Comics line. She continues to be developed by the writers and artists at Marvel, and as her cinematic appearances continue, she will be recognized by wider audiences as well.
Domino’s main mutant power is the ability to affect probability, which makes improbable things happen around her, usually turning a situation to her advantage. She has to be in sight of a circumstance to subconsciously make this happen. Domino is also very skilled with firearms which he has displayed knowledge and use of many different hand weapons. She is a highly-capable hand-to-hand fighter and displays experience with martial arts and acrobatic techniques. Domino is also proficient in various languages.
Created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, Domino was introduced in X-Force #8 (1992). Domino’s real name is Neena Thurman. As a child, she was put in a secret government program called Project: Armageddon that proposed to breed the ultimate super-soldier. Of all the subjects in this program, the girl who would become Domino was seemingly the only one to survive. Her birth mother, named Beatrice, rescued her daughter from the facility and left her in the care of a priest. She spent the following years in the church but left when she got older. She got in trouble with the law during this time and also left the country to become a fighter in the underground arenas of Madripoor. With this, Domino had entered a mercenary’s life, with her soldier training firmly ingrained in her. She worked with many covert agencies and organizations, including the NSA (National Security Agency). It was during this time she was assigned to protect a scientist named Milo Thurman. Milo and Neena fell in love and were married. It was Milo who gave Neena the nickname Domino. Milo and Domino were separated when the evil organization A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) raided the installation where the Thurmans were living under protection. Each was told the other was dead. However, Milo Thurman did die later, when a former member of the Hellfire Club, Donald Pierce, tried to merge Milo’s mind with a computer.
Domino became part of the Six Pack, a covert team of mercenaries that also included the mutant Cable. The Six Pack was a very hard-hitting group that experienced many under-the-radar violent missions. When Cable left the Six Pack to lead the New Mutants, he sought out Domino to join the team. Unknown to him, a mutant known as Copycat had disguised herself as Domino. The real Domino was being held by the villain Tolliver. Cable soon discovered the real Domino’s whereabouts and went to save her. However, Domino had already freed herself. She then joined the New Mutants, which would soon become known as X-Force. At times, she served as field leader of X-Force and has been at times a partner and romantic interest of Cable. She has also had many run-ins with the mutant known as Deadpool.
Since her first appearances in the Marvel Universe, Domino has taken many leadership roles as well as working with many groups within Marvel’s mutant community. At a time when X-Force had separated, Domino joined the X-Corporation. This was an international group with many stations throughout the world. Domino’s group was located in Hong Kong. In this capacity, she worked with the X-Men to reveal the evil of a mastermind named John Sublime who was collecting mutant body parts to develop his own army called U-Men. Also during this time, Domino began searching for her birth mother. This led her to discover the existence of a half-brother she never knew lived. His name was Lazarus, and like Domino, he was a mutant. He has the ability to control emotions. Domino saves Lazarus from a radical group trying to kill him, and she discovers the leader of that group is actually her mother. Domino has to shoot her to escape, but her mother lives through the injury. Sometime later, Domino was employed by S.H.I.E.L.D. led under G.W. Bridge.
In one of her S.H.I.E.L.D. adventures, she was sent to track down the Punisher for crimes it turned out he did not commit. These missions would eventually lead her back to X-Force, where she even joined Wolverine for several adventures. Domino was also the first person to learn the real identity of the Red Hulk, who then dispatched super-powered mercenaries to track her down and destroy her. Domino survives this onslaught and goes on to find a role in many of the Marvel crossover events, including the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline as well as Dawn of X.
Domino has appeared outside of comic books in other mediums. She made multiple appearances in the 1990s X-Men Animated Series. In these episodes, her character was relegated to non-speaking cameo appearances. Next, she would appear in the Wolverine and the X-Men animated series. In this show, her role was more prominent. She appears in the episode “Hindsight Pt. 2”. In this story, she is one of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Later in the series, a future version of Professor X’s X-Men are shown, and Domino is part of that team. Domino made her first live-action appearance in a film in the Deadpool 2 movie. She is portrayed by actress Zazie Beetz, and is part of Deadpool’s makeshift team that he calls X-Force. All of her main abilities come into play, especially her power to manipulate probability, which is shown to grand and inventive effect. In video games, Domino has been featured in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom, Deadpool, Marvel Heroes, Marvel: Avengers Alliance, Marvel: Contest of Champions and Marvel Future Fight.
Presenting the Domino Bishoujo Statue
The Marvel Domino statue features the heroine in a somewhat relaxed pose, though she could possibly jump into action instantly if the situation should arise. In fact, she may have just finished a massive battle as she holds her guns in the air but at rest. She may have just laid waste to a small army, but she punctuates her battle by looking over a shoulder and giving a slight smile. Domino is wearing her uniform that was made popular in the Gail Simone and David Baldeon Domino comic book series. Her form-fitting battle suit is predominantly black, and she has armor-plating on the shoulder pads. The front of her jumpsuit has a dark gray accent. There is a bright blue belt that wraps her body, holding her hip and side holsters in place. The back of her jumpsuit is cut out revealing her ghost-white complexion underneath, which is the same as her facial features. Over one eye is the dark covering that draws attention to her expression. Her hair is also very detailed, showing the flow and even the stray lighter color featured in front of her hairstyle above her face. Domino is holding a gun in each hand. Each firearm is silver metallic with blue accents that match the color of her holster strap. Domino has also had wrist and boot cuffs that have been painted with metallic paint, giving them a great shiny texture. With one leg bent and her heel lifted off the surface, the trim on blue trim on her dark boot can be seen. Domino stands on a platform customized after a domino playing piece, set to the number ten. This is the perfect stand for the character! The Domino statue also comes with a Deadpool doll accessory. It resembles a baby doll version of the Merc with a Mouth, with simplified features and sewn white buttons for eyes. The Deadpool doll can be displayed anywhere with the Domino statue. The statue stands 8.58 inches. The statue is designed by Shunya Yamashita and sculpted by Seki Yuudai. This statue is a great addition to your Marvel bishoujo collection and an impressive step forward for the Kotobukiya bishoujo line of statues!