The cover for Uncanny X-Men #24, in fact, the entire solicitation for the issue, didn’t appear in its scheduled month of July 2014. Well, it turns out, that’s because of recent story developments in the book that held it back for fear of spoilers. Said spoilers are coming up next, folks.
After finally discovering that Dazzler was being impersonated by Mystique on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, Magneto of all people rescued the former X-Man, and brought her back to her friends for recovery. She had been kept in an induced coma so her blood could be extracted and used to make Mutant Growth Hormone, a drug that temporarily activates a latent X-gene in non-mutants.
Now, writer Brian Michael Bendis took to tumblr and revealed the cover, by Kris Anka, over the weekend that shows Dazzler has a new look to reflect her less-than-happy attitude as she seeks revenge on Mystique, possibly on S.H.I.E.L.D., and anyone else who gets in her way. The look takes away her longer blonde tresses in favor of a short spiky black look to her hair, with the back and sides shaved. her signature butterfly eye bursts have been widdled down to one, and her costume has gone from her most recent S.H.I.E.L.D. white body suit to a black long-sleeved dress, which is inexplicably torn in several places, and includes multiple belts and leather/metal arm straps.
Check out the edgy new style for Dazzler here, and in July’s issues of Uncanny X-Men.