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Domino: Strays: A Marvel Heroines Novel

(Marvel Aconyte Novels)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Marvel’s luck-wrangling supermercenary Domino fights her way into the corrupt heart of a conman’s cult, and her own dark past, in this no-holds-barred superhero novel

The job: infiltrate a Chicago conman’s cult compound and liberate some brainwashed twins. For former X-Force operative Domino, that’s a flat nope. She’s done with fanatics after rescuing her own brother from t
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Aconyte
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Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This pulls from the Gail Simone era of Domino from the last couple of years. Domino has her all female team of mercenaries she works with, The Hotshots. They are hired to get a brother and sister out of a cult. There are also two parallel stories, one of her childhood (which Gail Simone already covered) and the other, six years in Domino's past when she met her mother.

The parallel story lines are where the problems lie. Just when the main story is gathering momentum, Palmgren undercuts it by sw
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty good prose novel featuring Neeena Thurman, Domino, and her Hot Shot team created by Gail Simone. Their mission is to extricate a pair of young people from the clutches of a fanatical (is there any other kind?) cult leader in Chicago, Neena's old stomping ground. There are a couple of other storylines interspersed with the current one, one fourteen years in the past with Neena as a child and one with her six years in the past investigating her origin. It's all pretty well done fo ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, multiple story-lines can bring down the enjoyment, but Domino shines in this story.

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I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Ross Thompson
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
I have to admit to being a little disappointed when I realised this was an actual novel rather than a graphic novel. It had been filed as a graphic novel on netgalley and I was looking forward to my first reading of a Domino comic. However, once I started this disappointment evaporated. This is a wonderfully told and thrilling, charming book.
The story switches from different times through Domino's life s
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CW: violence, gun usage, references to sexual assault, loss of bodily autonomy, child abuse, child experimentation, child murder, cults, mass cult ‘suicide’, fantasy bigotry/othering

I didn’t hate my time reading this, which I’m aware doesn’t sound like a particularly thrilling endorsement. This book wasn’t bad by any means, and I’m sure that lots of people will love it! The action segments were well d
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book, and I am still not sure about it after having finished it. Domino was never really one of my favorite "minor characters" in Marvel's "mutant pantheon" (although I loved how she was played and portrayed in the second Deadpool movie). I liked parts of the story, and some if it not so much. I don't know if it is the format (three parallel stories being told), the lack of character development, or the "villain" of the piece. There is ple ...more
J.D. DeHart
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tristan Palmgren uses action-packed and clever prose to feature a unique Marvel character worthy of attention. Ideal for comics fans, and a totally enjoyable reading experience, complete with tart dialogue and enjoyable plot points. Now, I want to see Pagren take on other comics characters.
El Hyrst
Full review on my blog from 26th October:

3.5 rounded up to 4 bc this was great fun

trigger warnings: human experimentation, othering (mutants seen as lesser), psychological and emotional abuse/torture, death, gore, mentions of mass suicide, religious cult control.

I loved this book and its entangled plots. There were three separate timelines running concurrently and while I absolutely adored the parallels between the timelines, and the way they interconnec
Chris The Lizard from Planet X
Domino: Strays by Tristan Palmgren is a dark superhero tale from the life of Mutant mercenary Neena Thurman, aka Domino. The book explores Domino’s origins (often unknown to even her), as well as a present-day run-in with a sinister doomsday cult. Palmgren really leans in to the darkness in their story. Anyone expecting the action-comedy vibe of the MCU movies/tv is in for a shock when they encounter a thriller with some deeply psychological elements.

In terms of the wider Marvel continuity, the
Amy Walker  - Trans-Scribe Reviews
Comics are a great medium, they're designed to be easy to read and to be accessible to readers of all ages, and they've evolved over the years to become a storytelling medium that's hard to translate to other formats. You only need to look at how many comic book films have been less than good to see that. Whilst comic book movies have become big business, one of the mediums where comics rarely make the leap is in prose novels. I've seen some people argue that comic characters and their stories j ...more
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
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
Daisy (AccordingToDaisy)
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

My friends know that I’m a massive Marvel fan! You can’t not love heroic ladies like Black Widow, Captain Marvel and more. When I discovered that I would be reading ‘Domino: Strays‘ about one of these ladies, I may have squealed a little.

I’ll be honest that I didn’t know who Domino was at first, but after learning about Domino from ‘Deadpool 2’ , I knew that I needed to learn more about Neena aka Dom
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this e-book from NetGalley. This does not affect my review or opinion. All thoughts are my own, and I’m being 100 percent honest. Thank you to NetGalley and Aconyte Books for providing me this book for reviewing purposes.


I really love this cover. I love all the colors together. Domino looks fierce and badass!

So when I requested this book on Netgalley (thank you @Netgalley for approving this review copy) I thought it was a graphic novel. This would've been my first step into the w
Tristan Palmgren beleuchtet in seinem Roman eine der X-Men-Heldinnen näher und erzählt hierbei parallel ihre Vergangenheit und eine aktuelle Mission, bei der sie versucht Zwillinge aus einer religiösen Sekte zu retten.
Die Idee hinter dieser Reihe von Romanen ist eine sehr gute, denn die Frauen sind in Comics und Actionfilmen eindeutig unterrepräsentiert und die meisten Darstellungen sind immer noch sexualisiert. Dieses Buch zeigt eine starke, unabhängige Frau, die zu keinem Zeitpunkt auf ihr Ges
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*A Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this. This is my honest review*

To be honest, at first I was not sure about this book, but as the story unfolded I found myself sucked in and wanting to know what the hell was happening. I don't think most people know who Domino is, and I was a little surprised to see that she got her own book, but I am glad she did. The book was a little hard to start as it felt like Domino mostly rambled on to me , but eventually I got used to Palmgren's Domino
Jessica Woods
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Domino: Strays is a must read for Marvel fans. The writing makes the narration feel personable and like the reader is talking to Domino as a friend. Flipping back and forth between the present and the past, the story skips around quite a bit but it all comes out in the wash until Domino feels real and a complex, likable character. Leading a little group of mercenaries now that includes Black Widow, Domino is up for hire for the tough cases. A cult and mother's plea for her children leaves Domino ...more
Another great essentionel book which every Marvel fan needs to have on there shelfs!
Not being familiar with Domino's story, despite what I have seen of her in the second Deadpool movie, this was a great introduction into a character who is more then just funny and followed by luck. You get a picture of who she is and where she comes from. I really liked the jumps between now and then to understand her behaviour better.
Also, here is the girl power we are asking for!
It is great to see comics to ge
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me riveted. I was kind of expecting a graphic novel and would have enjoyed illustration at times, but I loved the depth this was able to get into Dominos character and the story. I’ve always loved the world of Marvel in all of it’s multitudes of timelines and multiverses. I’ve always loved X-Force in particular but enjoy seeing Domino without the more attention grabbing Deadpool and Cable. I enjoyed the mix of past and present and getting to truly be inside Domino’s head. Really en ...more
Plods a little despite the back and forth nature of the narrative, and hits its stride, really, when the threads are more woven together; still a fun YA adventure, and does a lot for a character I really didn't know much about, by not only digging deep on her background but also by putting her in a team line-up that beefs up her pedigree by association. Not a traditional hero tale at all, but solid. ...more
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an electronic ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Domino: Strays is perfect for longtime fans and brand new fans of Domino alike... I loved this book, and I can’t recommend Domino: Strays enough.
Read my full review at:
Andre Boone
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first time I'd heard of Domino was back in 2018, when the Gail Simone comic book series was on the shelves. I enjoyed the character and figured I'd give Palmgren's novel a try. Have to admit, it really hit the mark! I'd definitely buy another Domino novel. ...more
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The story in and of itself was fine, Domino is a great heroine.

The multiple storylines were very confusing, at times it was very hard keeping track of which timeline I am actually reading about. .
Michael Dodd
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aconyte Books’ Marvel: Heroines range kicks off with this action-packed blast of balletic violence and snappy dialogue with an unexpectedly thoughtful, psychological core. Mercenary Domino, otherwise known as Neena Thurman, has a history with cults and dangerous idealogues, so when she’s offered a job to extract a pair of twins from a dubious religious sect in Chicago, she takes it on despite all of her concerns. With the aid of a few fellow mercs she sets out to get the job done, but she can’t ...more
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