When asked to describe "what about the character of Domino I find so interesting," I responded: "She's allot like Longshot... jut not as nice... or as pretty." Domino has a complex and often contradictory nature depending on who is writing for her. She is most often cast as an "anti-hero" and plays in the gray area of morality. If there is one constant to her character, she always tends to put herself first. Maybe that's the fault of her powers... or maybe she just is selfish. At least, that was always my interpretation of her character until Gail Simone started writing for her. Now, it would seem character growth can happen to Domino too... she just has to loose her powers to realize it.
But, that's enough blabbing about "character." When last we saw Domino, she was falling to her death after being pushed out a window in her lingerie.
Seems that a nurse Topaz has the ability to take away, or control other peoples abilities. Kinda crazy right? Good thing Topaz is taking orders from the old guy or Domino might have become street meat... or flat like a pizza? Common Spider-Man, you got better quips than that.
Anyway, the perpetrators of the defenestration of Domino are caught, but manage to teleport away before a bunch of "non-Avengers" decided to do some "non-heroic" stuff to them. Meanwhile, Domino can't shake a feeling that she is being set up. She asks Amadeus Cho if he can smart kid up a solution for her little loss of luck problem. Until he can do that tho, she invited him on her next mission. To protect a wealthy riverboat casino owner from getting robbed. Little did she know, that she was the one accidentally doing the robbing. Her luck power spreads to everyone, and the house starts loosing big.
Not liking this turn of events, Domino trusts her friends to take care of the muscle while she rescues their client from a shakedown... which she does. Her client is broke now, so Domino and her crew now own a casino boat. She's about to pick up the pink slip when her previous assailants teleport back in and explain to her, that her good luck has been killing the not quite so old guy. It seems if he wants to get his youth back, Domino has to experience some terrible things. What can be worse than taking away that which you care about most... your friends.
So... wow. Gail Simone sure likes to end on cliff hangers huh?
To be honest, I really liked the first book more than Grant did, and I think the second issue really does step it up a notch even. I think the story is great. Having Domino experience personal growth is good. Having a villain that benefits from Domino's life turning to shit is clever. Making Domino the instrument of her own downfall is bonkers!
While I have always liked Greg Land's artwork... showcasing all the boobs and butt cracks has been his trademark... Maybe tone it down soon. I get that it fits all the characters, and this might be an opportunity to draw upon some of the things that brought about some controversy in the first place, but maybe just one or two steps back. Maybe he did, and this is the end result... it was just a thought.
In the end, this book builds upon a good first book and is developing into a terrific story. Buy this book, and consider yourself lucky for doing so.