Writer Brian Michael Bendis took X-Men fans by surprise Friday afternoon by sending them into the weekend with a dramatically different look for a fan-favorite Marvel character. On his Tumblr, Bendis shared artist Kris Anka’s cover for July’s “Uncanny X-Men” #24, showcasing a seemingly darker-edged — and certainly darker-haired — new look for Dazzler.
By depicting Dazzler ripping an image of herself in her famous disco-centric attire, Bendis and Anka certainly appear to present a strong break from the character’s past representation. And it wouldn’t be out of nowhere: This week’s “Uncanny X-Men” #22 set the character on a new path, and in April, Bendis told Marvel.com he and Anka had recently redesigned “a fan favorite Marvel character.” In May, X-Men line editor Mike Marts told CBR that fans should “expect Dazzler’s role in the X-books to take a dramatic change towards the unexpected.”
It’s not the first time Bendis has been involved in a dramatic reinterpretation of Dazzler, who debuted 1980’s “Uncanny X-Men” #130. In 2004’s “Ultimate X-Men” #42, Bendis and artist David Finch introduced a punk-rock take on Dazzler, not entirely dissimilar to Bendis and Anka’s new version.
“Uncanny X-Men” #24, part of the “Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier” story arc tying-in to “Original Sin,” is scheduled for release in July.