Characters Appearing: Dazzler
Issue(s): Dazzler #35
And nominally, this issue deals with the aftermath of the graphic novel. Dazzler has to deal with her anti-mutant landlords, who now know she's a mutant.
And she's unable to get a job thanks to the fact that she was outed.
In practice, though, this is an issue about Dazzler getting a job at an all female nightclub and getting into a fight with a roller derby gang.
And in the process she teaches a short person to have some self-respect, which applies to herself as a mutant, too.
From a grading perspective, issues from this period are a challenge for me. The plots are pretty terrible; there's no denying that. But the theme - an ordinary person trying to make it in the world, and yes, she happens to be a mutant - is actually pretty commendable and daring for Marvel at this time. Jim Shooter's dialogue is stiff and awkward but not awful, and Frank Springer's art has a soap opera-y old fashioned charm. On balance, the comics are more "readable, but who cares?" and leaving you with a slightly bad taste in your mouth than just plain "awful".
Springer does insist on getting in a few more undie shots.
And after seeing Michael Jackson a few issues back, we have a Janet Jackson this issue (the real Janet Jackson was already putting out albums at this time but didn't hit it big until 1986).
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: As noted above, this takes place after Dazzler: The Movie and Beauty and the Beast. Dazzler tries to give the X-Men a call (looks like Storm's room) but they are not home. I'm not using that for placement but wanted to note it.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The Janet Jackson here may be an allusion to the Marvel staffer by that name rather than Michael's sister.
Posted by: Walter Lawson | August 19, 2013 10:43 PM
"Steel Tuna" playing at a lesbian bar? Yeesh...
Posted by: DW | February 13, 2018 3:32 PM
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