Bendis Debuts Dazzler's New "Uncanny X-Men" Design

Fri, June 20th, 2014 at 4:16pm PDT | Updated: June 20th, 2014 at 4:28pm

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Albert Ching, Managing Editor
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Kris Anka's "Uncanny X-Men" #24 featuring a new look for Dazzler

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.

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