Friday, May 28, 2010

Dazzler #1

I think I like the idea of Dazzler more than I like any of the actual stories I've seen her in. That costume is tremendous, her powers are unique and useful, and she seems to be pretty fun. But she generally fades into the background.

Jim McCann puts the reader more in her head than I've ever seen, and she's likable enough, but man, she seems like an over-thinker. I think McCann was trying to give us an info dump of her history, so I think a lot of those caption boxes were necessary (I didn't know she had a sister or was a herald of Galactus) but they made this a long read.

I can't fault a lack of action, Dazzler faces a mystery villain who puts her up against robotic versions of her old foes and best of all, Klaw. It seems like an awful choice for Klaw to go against a lady with sound-absorbing power, but it does work out well.

It's funny, I will look forward to another Dazzler appearance, McCann really sets the character up with a nice status quo. There are interesting supporting characters in place. (I love Psylocke as one of Dazzler's best friends.) So this issue is decent, but I think a next issue could be better.

Kalman Andrasofsky has some beautiful panels and some where the characters' faces look a bit squished. Sometimes it seems like the elements of the faces don't quite fit together. He does his best work with Klaw, who looks really striking with some great black lines on his costume.



un_taco said...

I LOVE THIS BOOK! I think it works for any respectable Dazzler fan and anyone who's just curious to know more about her! They're in for a fun story!

Timbotron said...

Agreed. I was very pleased to learn so much about her. As I said, I think it would be even better if there was another issue to look forward to.