Writers: Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart / Artist: Babs Tarr / Image Comics
It’s a background-heavy issue on Motor Crush #4 as readers learn more about Domino’s past and the limits to her own knowledge of where she comes from. As she searches for answers we continue to see the range of her character, from the confident, bad-ass racer to the desperate, emotionally repressed girl scared out of her mind, and it’s that range, coupled with those like Lola and her father who care about her, that makes Domino Swift a great lead to this series. We left issue #3 with Dom in the scared-shitless range, which is where #4 jumps off, but without confirming the semi-mysterious arrival’s identity. That person does, however, thrust the plot in the direction of Domino’s addiction and everything that comes along with it.
Worth pointing out is how well action is integrated into every issue of this series, it’s now-recognizable formula of one part mystery, one part emotional drama, and one part chase scene stirred under streaks of neon light. There will always be an excuse for Domino to find herself under a set of wheels, only this time, creatively, she’s on something other than the motorcycle we’re used to, which is a great change that shows her as not just a motorcyclist but a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to speed, period.
The colors and beach-city tone are as vibrant as ever, a credit to this creative team for juxtaposing the brightness of the days against the Cannonball nights, each feeling unique within the same world, having different stakes and rules. The issue ends on a cliffhanger tied to who Dom is and what she’s capable of, and Motor Crush remains as cool as it’s ever been. Which is supremely cool.
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