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Essential Dazzler, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 1) Paperback – August 22, 2007

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Product Details

  • 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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alexei Tatyanov on August 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
"Essential Dazzler Vol. 1" is simply one of the most surprising collections Marvel Comics has added to their Essential line. Dazzler has been something of a comics in-joke for years -- "That silly disco rollerskating heroine!" -- but one glance over this new collection, reprinting 21 issues from the self-titled solo adventures, proves that, hey, Dazzler was actually pretty good!

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
"Essential Dazzler"? Isn't that an oxymoron? In any case, this first Essential collection for the much maligned mutant disco diva is surprisingly good. Essential Dazzler re-prints her first appearances in X-Men and Spider-Man, as well as the first 21 issues of her solo series. However, when you first open this book up, you may be turned off by what you read. First introduced during Chris Claremont and John Byrne's iconic run on Uncanny X-Men in the midst of the landmark Dark Phoenix Saga, Dazzler was introduced with some laughable powers, i.e., she shoots disco lights. After you get past the first few issues collected here, we end up getting some surprisingly compelling adventures as Dazzler tangles with all kinds of classic Marvel characters (from the Hulk to Galactus) and really comes into her own during the last few issues of her solo series here, and there's a bevy of talent behind it all as well, including Marv Wolfman, John Romita Jr., and Walter Simonson. Though Dazzler is one of the few Marvel characters who hasn't stood the test of time too well, don't let that put you off from checking this out. All in all, Essential Dazzler is a surprisingly good installment in Marvel's Essential line, and is definitely worth checking out or picking up.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Berry Radtz on August 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
I found this essential to be quite an enjoyable read. It was like one of 'In the day of...' stories we got in other bigger comics ala X-Men and Teen Titans, but that was the main focus of her overall story. Sure, she was a herald of Galactus for a minute, but she also had trouble getting stable work as a sessions singer, and often had to eat peanut butter and jelly for dinner.

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kid Kyoto VINE VOICE on August 9, 2011
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Dazzler (who only barely escaped being named 'the Disco Dazzler') was originally going to be a collaberation between Marvel comics and a record company, the idea was Marvel would create a disco-themed superhero and the record label would release songs in her name. Alas that never happened but we're still left with some interesting stories and a cool character.

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.
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