Issue(s): Dazzler #38
...and having her try out for membership in X-Men.
It's all a little too late to save the series, which will be cancelled with issue #42, but it was a nice attempt.
Goodwin is always a decent writer. I'd say his handle on Wolverine is a bit weak, but overall he does a good job with characterization and the action sequences.
Obviously i should be crediting Paul Chadwick, who won't do much more for Marvel outside this series, as well.
Cyclops had been observing Dazzler's try-out from behind the scenes, and he has to step in at the end to prevent Wolverine from berzerker-raging against Ali.
Dazzler doesn't actually join the X-Men this issue, but i guess she proves herself worthy of the team, leaving open the possibility of actually joining for the future.
This issue also introduces bounty hunter O.Z. Chase and his dog Cerebus.
At the end of this issue, he's sent after Dazzler by a guy desperately in need of a dermatologist.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Since Wolverine is with the team but Xavier is uninjured, this probably takes place during Uncanny X-Men #192 before that "some months later" gap at the end. The MCP places a bunch of Dazzler appearances, including Secret Wars II #1 and New Mutants #29-31, between this issue and Dazzler #39.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (1): show
Cerberus (Dog), Colossus, Cyclops, Dazzler, Dust (Dazzler villain), Nightcrawler, O.Z. Chase, Rogue, Wolverine
The guy who hires O.Z. Chase is a villain named Dust and he appears in the final four issues of Dazzler.
Thanks Michael. The MCP doesn't list him, probably because he's got a limited number of appearances in a single series, but i've added him as a Character Appearing.
After Dazzler is cancelled, Paul Chadwick goes to Dark Horse and introduces "Concrete" in Dark Horse Presents #1, a character that goes on to widespread acclaim in the comics industry. He also introduces in that same book "Brighter", a character that falls down the comics sewer immediately.
Great new design for the character who'd been saddled with a horrible look since her first appearance.
At the time this was published, she hadn't had a look at all for a long time. She had been just meandering around in street clothes, dancing in a "Thriller" ripoff video, fighting a female roller-derby team while waiting tables at a lesbian club (in the process, giving a diminutive waitress a valuable lesson in self-worth), teaching aerobics, sleeping with Roman Nekobah...
In between the jettisoning of her New York supporting cast and Chadwick's nicely done salvage attempt, there was a run of DAZZLER that was just dire, in the midst of which it went bimonthly. It made the first couple years (in which she took on a major Marvel villain in every issue, while protesting that she wasn't a superhero) look like Proust.
Dazzler looks like Olivia newton John in the video "Let's Get Physical"
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