Dazzler #1

    Dazzler » Dazzler #1 - So Bright This Star released by Marvel on March 1981.

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    In an effort to fulfill her dream of becoming a singer, Dazzler responds to a wanted ad at a disco venue. Meanwhile, The Enchantress learns about a dimensional rift that will occur at that same venue…and has a full Disco Diva Battle with Daz!

    The sleek figure of the beatiful young singer named Alison Blaire, known to her audiences as the Dazzler , sprints down a dark alley as she is pursued by a carload of would-be assailants. She confronts, and nearly defeats the thugs single-handedly with only her wits, her agility and her still untrained mutant light powers. Things turn when one of the goons shoots her transistor radio, leaving Ali without a source for her powers. Luckily, Spider-Man is in the neighborhood and gives Alison a hand in subduing the bad guys.

    Alison heads home and starts feeling sorry for herself over her joblessness, poverty, lack of food and estrangement from her father, which was brought on by Alison's need for a career in music instead of one in law (like her father's). Confused and lonely, she calls friends and fellow mutants, the X-Men. Storm answers the phone and excitedly asks Ali if she has decided to give up music and join the X-Men, as they had previously requested. This unsettles Alison, who say's no, but isn't quite sure. She hangs up and starts to reminisce.

    The flashback begins with a teenaged Ali being denied permission to sing in a talent competition at a school dance by her overly stern father. Her grandma Bella tells her to go anyway. It is there that Ali's mutant powers first manifest themselves as she sings onstage to a captivated audience when gang members break in and attack everyone. Using her light powers offensively for the first time, she loses control but resolves the situation safely. Throughout the following years, Ali divides her time equally between school and music, yet still manages to graduate college magna cum laude. Even so, two years later she finds herself here, jobless, hungry and poor and in total estrangement from her father.

    Far away in Asgard, home to the Norse Gods, a fierce warrior bravely battles past two giant ogres to gain entry into the castle of the Enchantress. Once inside, he throws himself at her feet only to be mocked, turned into a tree and dismissed by her. She turns her attention to her nearby Fountain of Forever, which fortells of an upcoming shift in the cosmic axis that will cause a dimensional rift to open. It's precise location is a New York dance club (disco) called Numero Uno, which Alison discovers (with help from the Beast) is auditioning singers. Because the Enchantress wants to infiltrate this place incognito, she also auditions, using her magic to sway the clubowner's decision. Dazzler begs for an audition and gets her chance. Despite the Enchantress' magic, Dazzler outsings her and gets the job, perhaps in part to her own powers. A humiliated Enchantress busts out a wall and storms off vowing revenge.


    • This comic was the first ever "Direct-Market Only" comic, giving the book a large hype at the time, since a lot of readers whom bought their comics at newsstands, did not manage to get a copy of Dazzler issue 1.
    • Features the Hostess Fruit Pies ad, Daredevil VS. Johnny Punk!


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    Dazzler--- a secret jewel! 0

    Wow! I can't believe the first issue was awesome! That means i need to buy 41 more dazzler issues :PI totally underestimated this issue, and this issue was pretty great! I mean focusing on a struggling singer who is trying to be independent, and is very pretty, livin life as a mutant! Her past really made me sympathize her! I mean she just wanted to sing, and her mutant power not so much held her back, but her father.. and she went into law, but then soon went to reach her goal and be a singer.....

    5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

    Disco Daze 0

    This is a pretty lengthy and at times bizarre debut issue. Let's start with Bob Larkin's gorgeous cover. It's always been one that's struck me as being impressive and pretty adequately captures the pop sensibilities and superheroes as soap opera characters-feel of the book. Our issue begins with the ultra cliched woman/dark alley/thugs scenario, with Dazzler being pursued by some hoods whom she begins to soundly beat with her light powers and a Pink Floyd song. However, her radio is shot in the ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
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