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Essential Dazzler Volume 1 TPB: v. 1 Paperback – 22 Aug 2007

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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Direct Ed edition (22 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785126953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785126959
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,215,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 May 2009
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Dazzler (Alison Blaire's) first appearance in X-Men 130 (1980) involved her assisting the X-Men against the Hellfire Club ans well as finding out she was also a mutant with the ability to turn sound into light. That ability was exploited by the Lightmaster as Dazzler and Spider-Man fought side by side.
Trying to carve out a singing career, using her powers to create a dazzling light show, she also battled her personal demons including a series of romantic relationships that fall flat, public hostility to mutants and her father's refusal to talk to her and the mysterious disappearance of her mother.
The first issue saw The Avengers, Fantastic Four and X-Men among others attend a concert that was rudely interrupted by The Enchantress, the first of many of Marvel's greatest villains she meets; followed by Dr. Doom, Nightmare, The Enforcers, Klaw, Galactus, Dr. Octopus, the Absorbing Man and the Enchantress again in Asgard.
The Hulk, Quasar, She-Hulk, Spider-Woman, Medusa and Black Bolt also appear and Angel, from the X-Men, starts to take a romantic interest in Alison. There's a host of background characters including her backing band, her manager Harry S. Osgood (who is menaced by Techmaster) and the false bravado of jelly kneed Lancelot Steele.
I missed most of these tales first time round so this volume was a great chance to catch up on some Marvel history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Nolan on 23 May 2009
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I got this book on a friend's recommendation and I really liked it. I knew about Dazzler from X-Men comics, I had read her first appearance in X-Men 130 and seen her when she joined the team in the late 80s, but I had missed out on her own series in between. It's great to see how she developed and she is a much more interesting character than I had previously thought.

These issues can be a bit reliant on popular heroes cameos (Spiderman, Fantastic 4, Hulk etc..) especially in the beginning but as the series progresses it stands more on its own with a great set of supporting cast, including Lance the chauvinist guy who isn't as brave as he makes out to be, Harry Osgood her manager who is a softie deep down and her stubborn father Carter Blaire. Though Dazzler doesn't want to be a hero only a singer she ends up in situations where she has to use her powers. There is a nice balance between these action scenarios and the soap drama type story that also runs through the series (i.e the mystery of her mother, relationship troubles etc,).

Of course this was written in the 80s so the dialog can be a bit "far out!" at times but I think it adds to its charm! Unfortunately with the Black + White essential you miss out and Dazzlers light effects but it easy to get used to and can still appreciate the good art in B+W. Overall great introduction to the character I'll definitely be picking up the second tpb.
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Amazing Collection -- Most Surprising (and Rewarding) Essential Yet! Must Read! 14 Aug. 2007
By Alexei Tatyanov - Published on Amazon.com
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. Author Danny Fingeroth (who, despite low billing, penned the majority of this collection) creates strong links from issue to issue, making the series read like a serial rather than as simple superhero vignette. Great work all around.

Art by John Romita Jr., Frank Springer, John Byrne, and Keith Pollard is great in the black and white format. You can especially see the love Springer had for the Dazzler -- he draws one hot Alison Blaire.

The downside includes the wonky origin issues of Dazzler. The character was forced into the X-MEN and SPIDER-MAN series before her own launch, and it shows. Dazzler is hardly a compelling character in these issues. The X-Men stories by Claremont (as often is the case in trades that collect one or two issues by Claremont) particularly do not collect well as stand-alones. The Spider-Man issue is just wonky. And the first two issues of Dazzler may make you roll your eyes to the point you may not get into the good stuff.

By issue 6, and especially 10, you'll be a Dazzler convert.

Easily one of the best TPBs published by Marvel. Take a gander at this book, and feel the fever of Dazzler fandom.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly good 25 Aug. 2007
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Suprisingly good, and accessible! 18 Aug. 2007
By Berry Radtz - Published on Amazon.com
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
Disco superhero fun 10 Aug. 2011
By Kid Kyoto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Graphic SF Reader 10 Feb. 2008
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An entertaining gathering of stories about the shapely mutant skating soundwave zapping songstress.

The best parts are at the start, where she crosses over into the X-Men's Dark Phoenix saga, and hence has Claremont and Byrne, and some a little after that with John Romita Jr.

Later on some pretty average talent in the art department means the only thing that is consistent is prominent cleavage, but the romantic misadventures and scuzziness of the music industry remain a feature throughout.

Through in Doctor Doom, the Hulk, singing battles with the Enchantress judged in Asgard, not to mention Galactus, gives an outlandish collection of fun that is probably more entertaining than you would think, if most definitely on the silly side.

3.5 out of 5
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