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Essential Dazzler, Vol. 1 (Essential Dazzler #1)

3.4  ·  Rating details ·  81 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Disco may be dead, but Marvel's dynamic diva never says "die " Beginning as a co-star with the X-Men and Spider-Man, Alison Blaire moved into a world of villains new and old, facing gangsters, gods and Galactus without skipping a beat Plus: the Inhumans, the Hellfire Club and Project: PEGASUS World saving, space travel, intrigue and romance in the ultimate disco mix Guest- ...more
Paperback, 552 pages
Published August 22nd 2007 by Marvel
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Holden Attradies
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Comic fans who like a slightly deeper read but can stand dated cheese.
Dazzler was a great character, and they way she was written in these pages maybe a little before her time. The thing that stands out most about her (and makes her stand out most) is that she isn't a super hero first, nor is she interested in being one. She is only interested in using her mutant powers as part of her show-business career and always get's kinda pissed when she's forced into situations that make her use those powers in a "super hero" way.

Especially in the later half of this volume
Gordon Lee
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I may be one of the few who actually enjoyed this book and for various reasons. First, I want to say that I have always read reviews that mention Dazzler as a lame character and so the series is often looked down upon. I understand that the power she weilds is seemingly useless for a superhero type but isn't that the point? She is continuously getting caught up in superhero type situations despite the fact that she only wishes to be a performer and not a hero. In my opinion, the so-called lame c ...more
Aaron Meyer
Jan 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Contains Xmen 130-131, Spiderman 203 and Dazzler 1-21. If I remember rightly this was probably the first series I totally completed back in the day, so it is good to be able to reread all these issues even in black-n-white. The art is standard and doesn't really stand out a great deal, but with dazzler it was never about the art but her story which drew me in. Naturally there is some degree of repeating which can get old in this format but it is interesting to watch her take those baby steps and ...more
Matthew Ledrew
Jan 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: x-men
You know what? I was actually looking forward to this. I really was. I was hoping to read this and that it would be good, because I have fond memories of Dazzler. Her two-part introduction in Uncanny X-Men, a solo story between she and Wolverine later in the series, and her role in the X-Men/Fantastic Four miniseries were fond memories of mine, and some of the first X-Men comics I ever read. Sadly, I seem to have lucked into the best of Dazzler and it gave me a biased view of her. And that is to ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, x-men
I feel like Dazzler was a book that came too early, and may have been in the wrong genre. Superhero comics in the '80s were not the right place for a story about an aspiring singer. The need to have a fight in every issue, coupled with the inability to get music across through text, dragged the series down. The series was always at its best when at its most absurd, and the early issues were definitely the craziest, as Dazzler fights Doom and is made a herald of Galactus. At the same time, the st ...more
Reprints Uncanny X-Men #130-131, Amazing Spider-Man #203, and Dazzler #1-21. Alison Blaire tries to build her career as a singer and balance her life as a mutant. Dazzler should have been a throw-away comic but it did have some originality. The creators quickly discovered they created a disco character in a time when disco was already dying. Alison was a pretty balanced character, and the writers always had her go against characters way out of her league. She was kind of a damsel in distress som ...more
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I enjoyed the heck out of this book. What I appreciated was how it's only incidentally a superhero title. Yes, she's very powerful and comes in contact with some outrageous villains (including Galactus!!!). But that stuff often seems incidental, as she's a reluctant heroine who's just trying to make a life for herself and find a place with her music.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I read 11 issues of this, more than enough to confirm its complete turgidness as a comic book. Written with a great dearth of wit, panache or any interest whatsoever, Dazzler is not just a stupid character, she's a terribly written stupid character. For some reason I wanted to get to the end but sometimes you have to face the sting of defeat.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
A nice different take on a mutant in the Marvel Universe. Instead of hiding and fearing the humans reaction, here is a mutant that glorifies in the limelight of attention as a rock superstar. I thought Dazzler's transition from media darling to mutant superhero in hiding was done well. I read these as they originally came out and enjoyed them. Recommended
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Better when it focuses on relationship drama instead of superheroics. The last few issues are mostly relationship drama and aren't bad. But it's a bit of a slog through uninspired superhero fights to reach that point. The art is none too impressive, although the fault for that may be the inker, Vince Colletta, rather than the penciller, Frank Springer.
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