Author: William George Ferguson
Created: 1996 April 22 and 26 (posted to racmx in 5 parts)
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What's come before: #1-#11 vamping till ready: Dazzler accrues the machineries necessary for a career while fighting pointless superhero battles #12-#21 getting the show on the road: Ali starts having success and recognition as a live performer, while getting her personal life together #22-#28 Rogue and Lois: Ali cuts a demo for a major label, Gets involved with the half-sister she's never known and fights several battles with Rogue #29-#34 Ali has a hit single, gets involved with Roman Nekobah, changes her emphasis from singing to movies. I was only going to synopsize the 42 books in her series, not getting involved in other appearances, guest roles and so forth, but I have to talk a little about the 2 major Dazzler projects which take place, chronologically, between #34 and #35 for the rest of the series to make sense 1st Dazzler: The Movie graphic novel I am not going to do a review of this, others have probably done that better than I can. As a short synopsis, Dazzler finally is seduced by Roman Nekobah, who makes a movie with her, to make her a star and renew his waning career. While doing a promo appearance for the movie, at an airport, a nearby jet starting up throws her sound absorption over her minimum threshold into the Galactus-flunky level. This causes a major panic, she is identified as a mutant, and anti-mutant hysteria kills any chance of the movie even being released. Nekobah drops her like a hot potato (the fallout is effectively ruining his career), and she's back to square one. Except now she is the most famous and public Mutant in the Marvel universe. 2nd Beauty and the Beast limited series Picks up right at the end of the GN. Dazzler is completely unemployable, as a performer or even in menial jobs. She starts working for the Mutant Circus (the same as featured in NM at the start of the Karma/Shadow King story arc) and stays at a boarding house with other mutants (the most sadly memorable to me, the young woman who has the mutant ebility to change flowers from one color to another). Beast shows up, bails her out of trouble, helps her get her head back on straight, and becomes romantically involved. For those keeping score; yes she slept with The Sleazy Slimy Scumball (Nekobah) in the GN, and yes she slept with Hank in the LS Not really an arc, #35 through #37 are single stories set in the aftermath of the revelation that she is a mutant Dazzler#35 Brawl Shooter; Springer, Colletta, Carlin Ali returns to her SD apartment, after the B&B LS. Her landlords want her to leave, because it's too dangerous being around such a notorious mutant. She does a turn down montage, until she finally is able to get a waitress job at a dyke bar. Fun ensues when members of a female roller derby team starts getting a little agressive in their passes at a short waitress. Dazz beats up the lot of them without using her transducing powers. There are no guys to sleep with in this issue, but that short waitress, Barb Spooner, sure is cute. Dazzler#36 The Human Touch Linda Grant; Isherwood-pencils; Gustovich (& Rubinstein)-inks; Scotese-color Ali is now staying with Janet McEntee, a dancer she met when she was working as an aerobics instructor (Janet was the one who pointed her at Millie's Models). Dazz gets a singing gig at a small club featuring bid band music, even though the manager recognizes her. He's desperate as his singers are being run off. Tatterdemalion is involved, Ali solves the problem and moves on. I started to say Ali doesn't sleep with anyone, but looking at Barb Spooner last ish and Janet McEntee this ish, I'm starting to re-think her relationship with Vanessa Tooks back in NY. Dazzler#37 The Girl In The Machine DeNatale (who?); Tom Morgan, Bulanadi, Scotese Dazz gets an invite to see an old high school friend. Turns out to be a trap, and has a twist ending. Although some current continuity points are tied in, this really reads like an inventory story. And now for the last arc (#38-#42) O.Z. Chase and his sidekick Cereberus Dazzler#38 Challenge Goodwin(!?); Chadwick, Guice, Scotese Dazz goes to the X-Mansion for training, Wolvie thinks its a waste (funny how the 2 folks whose neck hairs she raises on contact, Logan & Jessie Drew, get along so well together). This is one of those 'yes, she is worthy' issues (see the 1st Psylocke/Sabretooth as another example of this very common storyline). Also introduces bounty hunter O.Z. Chase and his 'pet' wolf Cereberus, who is hired to bring in Dazz for bail jumping (trumped up) Dazzler#39 Deathgrip (cover: Caught In The Grip Of Death) Goodwin; Chadwick, Guice, Scotese Dazzler's on the road and rescues some kids from a mountainside traffic accident. One of the witnesses is the father of a girl who basically went catatonic when Dazz lost control of her powers at that airport promo in the GN. He whips up a kirbytech suit and fights her. We get an ironic ending, and O.Z. shows up to take Dazz into custody Dazzler#40 Travelers (cover: Road Warriors, and it's an SWII x-over) Goodwin; Chadwick, Guice, Scotese O.Z is now taking Dazz to Colorado (she's not really trying to resis, I think she wants to see what's up). Some run of the mill scumbags with a little meta-power show up. Beyonder also shows up and soups them up for a better show. A good time is had by all and life lessons are learned. We also meet the true villains of this arc, the ones who hired O.Z. to pursue the trumped up bail jumping; Silence and Dust. These are 2 completely original villains to anyone who doesn't happen to be familiar with Octavia Butler's patternist books. Ali doesn't sleep with anyone in this book, but check out SWII #6. Dazzler#41 Revelations Goodwin; Chadwick, Guice, Scotese We start with the origin of Dust and Silence. Ali runs into her Dad in Denver, who shows O.Z. that the charges against Ali were faked. Turns out Dust has eaten Judge Blaire, and after Ali and O.Z, defeat him, threatens to do the same to Barbara London. Dazzler#42 Curtain (cover: Because You Demanded It - The Last Issue Of The Dazzler) Goodwin; Chadwick, Tanghal, Scotese Opens with a police lieutenant letting a reporter get the story from the man who killed The Dazzler. Flashback to story. Silence has Dazzler and Barbara London and is using Barbara as lever. Hank shows up and connects with O.Z. The both go Dazz hunting. A latent mutant from a nearby prison escapes and also heads for Dazzler. Big confrontation with Dust and Silence's followers ending with the demise of Dust and Silence. The latent mutant fakes killing Dazzler and takes the fall with the cops. Ali's mother is saved, although her father is lost. Everone walks off into the sunset.
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