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The newest recruit to S.H.I.E.L.D. is … Dazzler?!

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Uncanny X-Men #10 cover by Chris Bachalo.

Nick Fury was and always will be the face of S.H.I.E.L.D., but writer Brian Michael Bendis just revealed a new and surprising member to Marvel’s spy outfit: Dazzler. As revealed in today’s Uncanny X-Men #6, Dazzler has been recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D. by Maria Hill in an attempt to counter-balance Cyclops rebellious talk of a mutant revolution.

“That’s why she’s a perfect candidate. She’s on nobody’s side,” Bendis told IGN. “She is looking at this with eyes wide open. Even though her relationship with Cyclops has been very good in the past she doesn’t know how she feels about what he has turned into. Dazzler’s previous relationship [with] Scott Summers is part of the reason Maria Hill recruited her.”

It’s not the fact that she’s a mutant that makes her a surprising choice; fellow X-Men alums Kitty Pryde and Danielle Moonstar have been agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at one point or another. What’s surprising is the prominent position the former pop star has moved into. Most recently seen in the pages of X-Treme X-Men bouncing around to alternate realities, the singer-turned-X-Man Alison Blaire has never been that much of a major player in Marvel Comics — but for a time, she was planned to be.

Introduced in 1980′s Uncanny X-Men #130, Dazzler came about when the record label for the band KISS partnered with Marvel to create a transmedia tie-in where the publisher would create a fictional superheroine/singer that the record label would then cast with a real singer, who would go on to star in a Dazzler movie. Decades before Gorillaz, this unique partnership failed to reach those haughty ambitions and instead worked just to introduced a disco diva named Dazzler into the Marvel Universe.

Dazzler went on to star in her own monthly series that balanced her real-world problems, like her career and love life, with superhero guest stars like Power Man and Iron Fist, the Hulk, Spider-Man and Angel (one of her love interests), as well as battles against Klaw, Dr. Doom and Galactus. After her series ended, she eventually joined the X-Men — becoming an official member right after the Mutant Massacre storyline — but was never much of a pillar to the team the way others introduced around the same time, like Kitty Pryde, were.

Storyline-wise, this is interesting; seeing this pop act go all super-soldier on us has some interesting potential, especially in the hands of Bendis. Also, you have to factor in that when X-Men: Schism took place, Dazzler openly sided with Cyclops over Wolverine, but now sits on the opposing team against Cyclops.

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“Nick Fury was and always will be the face of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

The white face or the black face?

Poor Daz, stepping into a snakepit like SHIELD especially with Hill in charge is going to get very ugly.

I love Dazzler, so here’s hoping Bendis handles her with care. I’m sad to see the outfit she just got in X-Treme X-Men tossed so quickly, though! I know she’s an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. now, but this suit just seems way too generic — that could just as easily be clad-in-white-mainstay Sharon Carter, were it not for a tiny belt buckle.

Anonymous Rex

May 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I’m surprised there’s no mention of her originally being a member of X-Factor with Scott, Warren, Bobby, and Hank before Jean Grey was brought back to life. That would’ve catapulted her standing for certain.

Andrew Collins

May 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Is that supposed to be her in the accompanying picture? Because that looks like some blonde Asian woman in a generic tracksuit…

Yeah, if I had only seen the picture and not read this article, there’s no way I’d be able to tell that this is Dazzler. She should at least be wearing her old glitter-paint-mask thingie from the old stories! LOL

Dazzler should have been left to die with the 80′s.

But yeah, I totally thought it was Emma in the picture. But every blond person Bachalo draws looks the same, so…

If Julia Child could do it…

It looks like Dazzler is doing a bit of stormtrooper cosplay.

Uncanny X-Men #10? I believe the last issue my shop got was #5.

@Andrew Collins

Ooh, wow, I do like Bachalo but you’re spot-on that Dazzler looks Asian in this illustration.

6 just came out and is where the reveal is made.

The issues where she’s recruited by Galactus and manipulated by Dr. Doom were pretty rad. Good to see her resurface again, albeit in a minor role.

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