This trade was screaming at me when I passed it on the shelves at Harris Planerds over the weekend. It featured a gorgeous painted cover with Wolverine and Domino, and the words Sex & Violence plastered across it in bold letters.
I couldn’t help but wonder what naughty hijinks the two of them were getting up to, and when I read the artist credits, I was sold.
Consolidating Issues #1-3 of the X-Force: Sex & Violence miniseries released late last year, this volume brings together creative geniuses Chris Yost and Craig Kyle (who were responsible for X-23) and the sensual, watercolor style of legendary Italian illustrator Gabrielle Dell’Otto.
The result is a beautiful, visceral text, one that plays perfect compliment to this ingenious, action laced story.
X-Force’s Domino and Wolverine are the stars of this tale. It takes off in media res, and it soon becomes apparent through a series of lovely, duo-toned flashbacks that the mercenary’s incurred the wrath of the New Orleans Assassin’s Guild over a botched contract.
Wolverine, whose attachment to her is more than skin deep, gets wind of this debacle and the two embark on an explosive journey to cut a deal with Belladonna, the Assassin’s Guild leader, while chalking up a growing body count along the way.
The narrative is tightly woven, but it’s the chemistry between Domino and Wolverine that sizzle the pages. Each line lends valuable insight into their relationship, at the fact that they’re more than just friends with privileges.
The plot unfolds spectacularly, and coupled with Dell’Otto’s style, flows from violence to exposition to violence seamlessly, as if it were cinematic art form.
For Yost and Kyle, Sex & Violence is an amazing swansong – a final, bloody affirmation of their contribution to comic book history before they move on to other things. It’s a great read, so check it out if you can.
And even if you’re not big on writing, pick it up for Dell’Otto’s visuals. Those alone make the purchase worth it.