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Strangely, despite having all of the original Ms Marvel run, and tried a few Spider Woman issues over the years, I have never read an issue of Dazzler. It had always struck me as a rather... desperate title. Every issue seemed to have some big guest star being used to try and get my attention, even though those guest stars were clearly well out of the arena stratosphere for the wannabe pop star/singer/Club Artiste.
On reflection as well the difficulty of the concept of an aspiring vocalist/singer in an airless medium like comics is fundmentally nigh impossible to achieve, it is all very well saying Dazzler is a terrific singer but the fact is she never came to the mainstream big time, so any suggestions as to how good a singer she is, and whether she is even 'pop' or classical, is a moot exercise as the reader has no way to gauge an opinion.
Despite these problems I still like the character, or rather I Want to like her. But for at least the last ten years she has been in such constant flux and turmoil I cannot actually get to grips with her anymore as a reader... too many cooks and therefore no real idea as to who or what she stands for anymore

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Well, her story is that she was a "big-time mainstream" singer, but it all came to an end when she was outed as a mutant. There was never any doubt that she was a pop/disco singer.

And that's pretty much why I never cared. It's tough enough for me to care about comic book singers when I like their genres (the more rock/punk Lila Cheney or jazz NightMan). Had Dazzler chosen to pursue her law career, I might have been interested.

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    Here's what some people thought of A-Force's delightful disco diva back in '83. How have opinions changed?




I guess she was a little before my time so I never liked her.

I don't want to be dismissive and say she sucks. But she's a disco singer, she has lame sound/light powers and her main relationship is with a goofy guy with a mullet.

I never understood the appeal. Then again I don't understand the appeal of Mantis, Cable, Wolverine, or Rachel Summers either.

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As a 40ish year old DJ/music producer that grew in NYC around that time... Disco was just as subversive as Punk was. She was the embodiment of that. Disco was made and listened to by gays and minorities, before even hip hop was produced. The archetype of this music was latin style percussion funky basslines and a diva-esques female singers in brightly lit glamorous night clubs like 54, Paradise Garage or Xenon, and she fit the mold. Who else but a mutant could represent that. She is a product of her time. Even the Roller Skates she used to use was indicative of the styles and trends of the time (look up the disco roller skating classic flick Roller Boogie). It's no wonder as trends changed she disappeared and Storm got a Mohawk. BUT with the resurgence of House Music, EDM, Dance Music... All music styles derived from Disco, its no wonder Dazzler has made a comeback.
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I always liked Dazzler when she had her own comic. She wasn't my favorite but I enjoyed the stories - and it was probably a good thing that comics were a silent medium since I hated disco back then.

Every now and then I'll still pick up an issue of a comic in which she is featured but I haven't really enjoyed Dazzler since she became part of the X-universe. A-Force is no different because the SW mini-series left me feeling negative about the direction of the comic and I have no interest in purchasing the current series. I guess I still like the character though because I read and replied to this thread.

I don't remember what happened in issue 21 with her mother but I liked reading the letter page about it. I decided to check out one of the writers from back then and discovered this link (which I hope isn't the same person since they will no longer be able to enjoy comic books).

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