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Dazzler #11 (1982, January)

July 2, 2013

My Age of Ultron review is up on Beyond the Gamer. Go check it out if you want to know why AU was actually pretty good. But for today, part two of Dazzler’s Galactus story, “. . . Lest Ye Be Judged!”

. . . Lest Ye Be Judged!

Am I crazy, or would high-heel roller skates be a terrible idea?

Terrax is ranting about how he’ll never go back to Galactus, and Dazzler tries to figure out what to do. Out in Galactus’s ship, R-11 gives a recap of the previous issue, and then goes to talk to Galactus for advice on what to do about Dazzler. Galactus doesn’t care. He tells R-11 to prepare for departure. Back in the BLack Hole, Terrax stands up to Dazzler’s attacks, then captures her. He suggests they be mates. In Galactus’s ships, the room that powered Dazzler up fills with sound again, and then the sound is sent to Dazzler on a beam.

Back on Earth, everyone who knows Dazzler is distracted by thinking about her. In the Black Hole, Dazzler’s hit by the beam, and it powers her up. She manages to beat Terrax, then she grabs him and follows the beam out of the Black Hole. Galactus is unhappy with R-11, wondering what it is about humans that makes everyone act insanely. R-11 argues he was faithful to the intent of Galactus’s orders – after all, Galactus never bothered removing the shield protecting Dazzler from the Black Hole. Dazzler escapes the Black Hole, then discharges all her stored-up power. She’s teleported aboard the ship, then falls unconscious.

On Earth, all of Dazzler’s loved ones are rushing to her home – her father, her band, her boyfriend. R-11 puts Dazzler on a healing chair, and once she wakes up, they head for the chamber where Galactus will be passing judgment on Terrax. Dazzler decides to speak out on Terrax’s behalf, saying he and Galactus are both following their own natures – Terrax rules planets, and Galactus eats them. Which is better? Galactus decided to show mercy to Terrax, letting him become his herald again. Then Galactus turns away, forgetting Dazzler. R-11 hits her with another beam of sound energy so she can attract his attention, and he sends her home.

All her friends have run into each other outside her apartment, and when they get inside, they find Dazzler sleeping on her couch, murmuring about Galactus and the Black Hole.

This wasn’t bad. She shows a little bit of her law background when she immediately speaks for the defence of Terrax. Truthfully, that side of her is something that should’ve been explored more in this series – she may not have gone to law school, but she would still know quite a bit about it, given who her father is. And as I said about the previous issue, given the weak characterization of this series, it works best when it’s putting Dazzler in utterly insane situations. Like fighting Terrax in a Black Hole on behalf of Galactus.

On another note, I may as well mention Marvel Two-In-One #83, by Tom DeFalco and Ron Wilson, which features Sasquatch. The Thing goes to Canada to find Walter Langowski for help in curing Giant Man’s radiation poisoning. Thing goes first to McGill, then to northern Alberta. Walter was invited up there by Shaman, who’s looking for the burial crypt of his ancestors. The next day, they find a cave. While Shaman explores the cave, Walter heads out to get some equipment. Shaman kicks a rock which opens a hidden passage to the burial crypt. Outside, Walter sees the Thing, and wonders if he’s the menace Shaman mentioned the night before. He changes to Sasquatch and confronts him. In the cave, Shaman explores the crypt, and opens a urn, and a spirit comes out, calling itself Ranark the Ravager. Outside, Ranark’s appearance causes a slight tremor, which causes Sasquatch to lurch forward, leading to a fight between him and the Thing. In the crypt, Ranark defeats Shaman easily while giving his life story. He’d once been a powerful shaman, but wanted more, so he made a deal with demons. The other shamans of the time combined their power to seal him away. Outside, the fight comes to a sudden halt as Ranark bursts out of the ground. It’s a pretty good issue. The fight between the Thing and Sasquatch is certainly fun.

Also, in Micronauts #37, written by Bill Mantlo, art by Keith Giffen and Greg Laroque, the Micronauts meet Nightcrawler. The X-Men are clearing out the damage to the Danger Room. After Nightcrawler gets attacked by some of the remaining machinery, the X-Men leave for another appointment, leaving Kurt behind. The Micronauts are nearby, and they come under attack from Huntarr, a new foe created in the Body Banks. Just go with it, because I’m not explaining the previous 36 issues of the Micronauts. Anyway, the fight’s carried into the Danger Room. Huntarr activates it, and the fight continues. Nightcrawler eventually helps the Micronauts out, smacking Huntarr away and moving their ship outside. It was also OK. The Micronauts, as a series, was generally better than it had any right to be as a toy tie-in. It did start to get painfully repetitive, and this issue kinda goes along with that. As fun as it is seeing Nightcrawler pop up, it’s still the same basic story they’d told a dozen times already.

I also want to mention Power Man and Iron Fist #77, purely because it was hilarious. I won’t go into a synopsis or anything. But if you get the chance, I’d definitely recommend reading it, because it’s just a really funny comic.

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