- Age Range: 9 and up
- Grade Level: 4 and up
- Paperback: 552 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (August 22, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785126953
- ISBN-13: 978-0785126959
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,432,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Dazzler, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 1) Paperback – August 22, 2007
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The collection follows the life of one Alison Blaire -- the Dazzler -- a mutant who turns sound into light. The clincher is she doesn't want to be a superhero, but wants to be a singing sensation, using her abilities to make fancy lightshows for her stage acts. But in the process, Dazzler deals with family drama, emotional rollercoasters (oh, the men!), and action-packed superheroics. The result is a dynamic, engaging mix.
Dazzler's mix of stories, largely relying on guest stars from Marvel's big-names, reads like a fantasy trip through the Marvel Universe. When reading through the issues, you realize that Dazzler is an excellent point-of-view character for readers new and old, acting as our own liason through the best of the 80s -- and most of these guest stars are again the best of the present day!
Dazzler's status as being outside of the spandex allows readers to become familiar with the Fantastic Four, Dr. Doom, She-Hulk, Hulk, Spider-Woman, Quasar, Doctor Octopus, the X-Men, the Absorbing Man, Galactus, and Terrax all over again -- or for the first time! It's continuity-heavy, but in an accessable way. Often times there's more plot in one issue of DAZZLER than most modern-day story arcs combined -- and once you hit Issue 6 of her solo series (vs. The Hulk!) Dazzler has you hooked. The backbeat pulses and you start to care about the character most readers barely know.Read more ›
It was also quite enjoyable because, even though she was a mutant who was just trying to make it in the entertainment industry, when she did face a super-villain, it was a more mainstream villain from the Fantastic Four, or the Avengers, rather than being battling Magneto every weekend, or a human who wanted to destroy all the mutants in the world.
The costume(if you can call it a costume) fits in so well to not only back then, during the disco days, but if you look at a lot of pop stars ala Jennifer Lopez, and Kylie Minogue they often wear outfits very similar to her original costume.
BTW, if you're a fan of Oz, you will LOL @ the prison issue! Overall, I would say buy the issue if you're interested in learning about a very interesting, and different hero for the the new 'modern' woman from the 80's, I say pick up the book!
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Alison Blaire is a mutant sonic transducer (I wonder if the Rocky Horror reference was deliberate) who can turn sound into light. But rather than become a superhero, she wants to be a disco diva and idol of millions but for a mutant life is never that easy. Within her first few issues Dazzler takes on everyone from the Hellfire Club to Dr Doom and Galactus and teams up with half the heroes in the Marvel universe.
As the book goes on it's clear the writers are straining a bit for excuses to get Dazzler into superhero situations but it's also clear everyone is having fun with this. There's a bit of angst about Dazzler giving up law school to be a singer, a bit of a mystery about her missing mother but nothing too heavy. The writers make make some reference to the hedonistic culture of discos - after Dazzler is kidnapped by Galactus and returns babbling about the cosmos everyone just assumes she was off on a bender is coming down from the drugs. It's a cute scene played for laughs.
The early art is by John Romita Jr, then the rest is by Frank Springer. Springer's work has some problems, he tends to draw heads too small, but is fine traditional superhero work that looks great in black and white.
This book is an interesting artifact of it's time, it's a bit dated, a bit campy but a lot of fun.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is now out of print, and I hope they consider reprinting on Kindle. I would suggest buying it now in case, it does not get reprinted. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bug Girl
Wow, this is really good writing. It is evident they wanted this title to succeed with all the guest stars in every issue. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Essential Dazzler, Vol. 1 Is a collection of all the Dazzler comics combined together and is split between 2 volumes. Read morePublished 18 months ago by My4trackmachine
Disco may be dead, but when the Dazzlers around, disco is still Alive. The mutant is back in her own thrilling novel. Read morePublished on November 2, 2011 by James
My all-time super favorite super heroine. Dazzler kicks-a and does it in spandex and roller skates! I only wish it were in color but you get so many old issues this is a bargain. Read morePublished on August 16, 2009 by W. Rosen
This collection compiles of when Dazzler was first introduced in the X-Men series, a cameo in Spider-Man and then debuting in her own comic series. Read morePublished on April 3, 2009 by Bunny-Gypsy