Kieron Gillen’s Unused ‘Dazzler’ Pitch Is The Kieron Gillenest Kieron Gillen To Ever Kieron Gillen
You probably don’t know this since he keeps it pretty quiet, but Kieron Gillen, the writer of Young Avengers, Iron Man and The Wicked + The Divine, is a pretty big fan of pop music. I know, I was surprised too, since it almost never comes up. But, back when he and artist Jamie McKelvie were working on the first volume of Phonogram, the word got out and Gillen was apparently asked to pitch a story starring Marvel’s very own mutant pop star superhero, Dazzler!
The story was never picked up, likely owing to it being a Dazzler story about the Inhumans and the Celestials, but today, Gillen posted his full pitch on his Tumblr, and, as you might expect if you’re familiar with Gillen’s comics, it’s actually pretty awesome.
Here’s the basic idea behind Gillen’s pitch for Dazzler: Big In Attilan:
DAZZLER: BIG IN ATTILAN
(In a paragraph, as you’re busy, like.)
Her career in the doldrums and critically savaged, Alison Blaire gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She’s invited to be the first outsider to perform in the Inhumans’ home city. She arrives to find it in strife, between traditionalists outraged at her presence and her fans who – due to Attilan’s East-European Iron-curtain-esque Isolation – only really liked her old-Disco material anyway. After a disastrous, conflict-ruptured gig, the situation takes a bizarre and dangerous turn when a Celestial appears outside the city. Doing nothing. At least until, during an official ball, the classical inhuman music act is disintegrated. Others follow. Dazzler realizes that it’s here, somehow, to judge art. Her band – with Black Bolt guesting on backing vocals – don’t have to just play the gig of their lives – they have to play the gig to save everyone’s lives.
Listen: I realize that I am in a pretty narrow segment of the market here, but if you put out a comic where Arishem the Judge, a Jack Kirby Creation who has The Formula For World Destruction Inscribed On His Thumb, has to be rocked to save the lives of a race of superhumans who live on the moon, you can literally charge whatever you want for that and I will buy it.
For the whole pitch, check out Gillen’s tumblr!