Author: William George Ferguson
Created: 1996 April 22 and 26 (posted to racmx in 5 parts)
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So Far: In the first major arc of stories (#1-#11), Ali gathered the mechanics of a performing career (agent, back-up band, etc.) while not having any luck in actually performing. On the personal side, she fended off the interest of a superhero would-be boyfriend (Johnny Storm), and tried to connect with a non-super powered professional man (Dr. Paul Jansen). She also had to deal with her father's disapproval In the second major arc of stories (#12-#21), Ali began to acheive success as a performer, gaining name recognition and respect. On the personal side, she tried to locate her mother, eventually succeeding, became reconciled with her father, dropped one professional man boy friend, acquired another (lawyer Ken Garnett), stopped being pursued by one super-powered boy friend wannabe, and started being pursued by another (Warren Worthington). On to the 3rd arc, the Rogue years. Dazzler #22 The Sisterhood Fingeroth; Springer, Colletta, Warfield The female half of The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants is after Angel (the only X-Man whose identity is public knowledge) to use him to find the rest. Ali is cutting her first demo tape, Judge Blaire is sending Barbara's momentos to her, and Barbara is waiting for her other daughter to arrive home from college. Angel starts to take Ali up to Westchester at her request, when they are attacked by the Rogue (she was so much older when she was young, at least in appearance), Mystique, and Destiny. Mystique and Destiny consider Ali an otherwise unimportant young lady who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but Rogue recognizes her immediately (considering that Ali had only done clubs and one benefit on the east coast, and didn't have a demo tape, much less a record, I still say this qualifies her as a fan). Fun ensues, with Dazz swatting Rogue down 3 separate times. If Mystique had taken the time to id her, they might not have chosen to fight beside a noisy waterfall with a helicopter running right next to them. Last line of the book "My names Lois London, I'm your sister." Ali doesn't sleep with anyone this issue (there was plenty of time for her to sleep with the NY Yankees starting lineup between #21 and #22, but nothings really indicated except, probably, Ken) Dazzler #23 Fire In The Night (cover: His Name Is...Flame) Fingeroth; Springer, Colletta, Warfield Ali's been up most the night talking to Lois. She wakes to a deliberately set apartment fire in the morning. Thinking Mystique & Co are responsible, she hires some protection from her acquaintances in the superhero community, the reputable firm of Heroes For Hire. Turns out to be insurance scam arson. a one page set-up keeps Rogue on the active list (and on the Rogue is a fan question: Mystique to Rogue "I know the girl has piqued your curiosity, especially since she's a performer you so admire"). Ali doesn't really have the opportunity to sleep with anyone, either before or during this issue. By the way, Lois is having fainting spells. Dazzler #24 A Rogue In The House Fingeroth; Springer, Colletta, Warfield Some time must have passed between #23 and #24, since most the fire damage is repaired at Ali's apartment. It doesn't fair so well at Rogue's hands. Luke and Danny do their job, more or less, but Rogue decides to get at Ali through Lois (whose fainting spells are growing worse). Rogue finally has a thought, and uses her absorbing powers, but Luke and Danny show up and save the day. Ali tells Rogue this is all pointless since she's supposedly doing it to get at the X-Men and they have kidnapped by the Brood and are light-years away. Ali doesn't sleep with anyone, except Ken, and Warren. Dazzler #25 The Jagged Edge Steve Grant-script; Marc Bright-pencils; Bulanadi-inks; Scheele & Feduniewicz-colors I smell filler ish. The plot is basically obsessed fan/stalker, none of the sub-plots are advanced really, and Ali doesn't sleep with anyone, at least within the issue. Dazzler #26 Against The Wind (cover: Beginning: The Startling Secret Of Dazzler's Sister) Fingeroth; Springer, Colletta, Yanchus Dazzler seems to have greatly improved on squashing robberies and such without ruining the show. Lois' fainting spells are worse, she takes a walk to get some air and is accosted by would be mugger. She panics, her hand glows, the mugger dies. She goes to Ali for help and Ali, with memories of her own murder trial still fresh, doesn't think Lois will get a fair break. Go west young woman. Ali doesn't sleep with anyone. Dazzler #27 Fugitive Spinger tries scripting as well as pencilling; Colletta, Yanchus In LA, after some roguish nightmares, Ali tries to convince Lois to face the music, but as she succeeds, some pictures turn up showing Lois and the in-the-process-of-being-late mugger. The blackmail is basically to get the girls to dispose of an unknown someone. Ali calls Warren for backup and pretends to go through with it. After the dustup, Lois and the would-be victim look at each other and say "You!" Ali doesn't have any opportunity to sleep with anyone. Dazzler #28 Vendetta Springer double-duty; Colletta, Yanchus Rogue has gotten just the least little bit obsessive. Ken shows up with the cops (Angel called him). The man Ali and Lois were being set up to hit turns out to be Nick Brown, Ali's step-father and Lois' father (he has stopped being a young minor-league underworld sleazeball, he is now an old major-league underworld sleazeball). The blackmail pictures end up exonerating Lois as they show the mugger attacking her, and the cause of death is a heart attack (but she knows better). Playing on the radio, in LA, is Ali's 1st single. And Nick is going to introduce Ali to Roman Nekobah (can you say Frank Sinatra?) At this point the obsessed skunk-stripe shows up for one last waltz. Ali and Rogue fight a running battle over Nick Brown's ridiculously large estate, ending up on his private airfield. Ali manages to get a jet started, and, for the first time faces Rogue with a major sound source at hand. Since this whole issue takes place in a morning and afternoon, Ali really doesn't have the opportunity to sleep with anyone. 3 arcs down and 2 to go. Next up, the Roman Nekobah arc (or, Ali Has No Taste In Men)
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