As an aficionado and comic book nerd, I have always loved the weird, the unloved, the goofy fad supers, so the idea that Alison Blaire was the Disco Dazzler appeals to me.  And if she’s not rocking silver lame with Farrah hair and some mirror-ball skates, she’s not really Dazzler at all.  The idea that her powers come from the pulsing beat of Abba and The Bee Gees is so perfect, even four years after the heyday of such music, that it’s come all the way back around too cool again, leading us to today’s “we don’t need no water” query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) never understood how the updated Ultimate Alison was meant to be more contemporary but somehow ended up being MORE dated in a much shorter time frame, asking:  Is the Dazzler disco lightshow schtick delightfully retro or just way out of touch?


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  1. Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

    She was great, and great on the X-Men team with Shatterstar. I don’t like it when “superior” fans denigrate a character and then the publisher treats that character as a joke (a la Aquaman, although he’s a male so he gets off the hook easier). Her power doesn’t convert just music to light, but all sound. It’s not disco power. Although I support that idea…

  2. It’s fantastic and I freaked out when they made a toy of Disco Dazzler. Another character that doesn’t get enough love. Is the Ultimate version you speak of the Punk Rock Dazzler?

      • Ah. See, I thought that was just new A-Force Dazzler. I didn’t know she came from the Ultimate universe. See, you learn something new everyday. Also, it’s nice to see someone else love the weird and obscure characters as much as I do. Dr. Bong is the best and possibly most dangerous villain in the Marvel Universe.

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