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Dazzler #41 (1986, January)

May 21, 2015

We’re at the penultimate issue of Dazzler. By Goodwin and Chadwick, “Revelations.”


This cover sucks.

Some guy is talking about Dazzler’s big light show at the PR stunt for her movie. The stupid bikers from last issue were apparently there, and were touched by the light so it awakened their powers. The guy is talking to one of the bikers now, in a fancy self-sufficient community. He talks about a project from 25 years ago. He and his wife were running some sort of experiments with enhancement drugs, and it kept killing people. The project was shut down, and the two went on the run as fugitives, with their psychic powers growing stronger. Eventually, they learned that the drugs they’d given people had the effects passed on to the kids of the subjects, and they started gathering the kids at their little cult compound. Unfortunately, there was no way to awaken the psi-potential of the kids, until Dazzler’s light did the trick on the stupid bikers. The man crumbles to dust and possesses the biker.

The man, Dust, goes to visit his wife, Silence. They talk about their plan. Silence says the country is turning further against mutants, and will soon carry over to other superheroes, while Dust and Silence and their flock will be an alternative.

Meanwhile, Dazzler’s kicking the asses of some biker gang. She wants to know about the stupid bikers. The biker she’s trying to intimidate refuses to say anything. Chase fires a warning shot at Dazzler and leads her back to lock her in the truck, then shmoozes the information out of the guy. All part of the plan. When Chase gets back in the truck, he finds out that Cerberus has eaten all his cigars, and Dazzler let him. Dazzler wants to keep searching for the stupid bikers, but Chase brings her in to the agency that hired him to find her.

At Camp Silence, the cult compound, it’s meditation hour, and Silence uses the latent power within the cultists to send out a call for anyone else who hasn’t arrived yet. Rachel Summers hears the call and wakes up wondering what it is, but dismisses it. In a prison in Kansas, an inmate who’s obsessed with Dazzler senses it.

In a Denver hotel, Dazzler’s fed up and ready to fight Chase, but her dad comes down the stairs. He tells her he heard about some weird things going on with US Bailbonds, the group that hired Chase. He found evidence that showed Dazzler was never required to show up in court, and the warrant and files given to Chase were forged. Dazzler’s dad leads her to a waiting car, and she asks if they can check out Camp Silence. At the hotel, Chase checks out Dazzler’s dad’s hotel room, and finds a decomposed skeleton.

Back in the car, Dazzler guesses that it’s not really her father she’s riding with. He tells the driver to find a quiet place for the inevitable battle. In Denver, Chase calls the police to get help for Dazzler, and figures on going his own way. But Cerberus wants to help her.

Out in the desert, Dazzler blasts the driver with light, but he just gets empowered by it. He gets telekinetic power. He ends up knocking himself out with it by pushing himself too far. That leaves Dazzler and Dust. He tells her to blast him with her light, saving his life and her father’s body, which is crumbling quickly, as a result of Carter’s strong will. Dazzler refuses to do it, and instead drains herself of light so there’s no way he can force her to help him. Dust tries to take over Dazzler while she’s exhausted, but Chase shows up to kill him. As Dust dies, he says Dazzler’s mother is at Camp Silence, and Dazzler jumps in the car to head there.

Bleeeeh. This is so bland and mediocre and stupid. Melodramatic dialogue, a lame plot, a weak fight scene. There’s nothing about this issue that’s particularly good. It even kills off Dazzler’s father, because superheroes aren’t allowed to have two living parents and killing off a parent is great for cheap angst and drama. Not that her grief ever gets explored, of course – superheroes have no time for grief. “My father’s dead! Well, I guess I’d better go punch someone!” So stupid.

The next issue of Dazzler is the final issue. Given how bad the series had gotten, it’s not surprising that no one was reading it any more.


From → 1980s, 1986, Dazzler

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