I dislike Levitz's dialogue. I like his large-form structure. I hate his issue-to-issue structure BUT I recognize that it is essential and effective and would not have him change it -- his insistence on love-fight-mystery every issue worked.
Dawnstar is a cliche, no one could argue that. I would say, mostly for sentimental reasons I'm sure but maybe there's a kernel of truth in there, that some real life people are cliches (though they are rare, they exist), and that there's nothing wrong with using them in a story as long as they don't dominate the story and the other characters behave normally with them. I've known people very much like Dawnstar. Except not as pretty. And instead of being Space Indians, they're from Kentucky.
I just went and checked the Annual (#1, Who Shot Laurel Kent, printed between #8 and #9), and the flash of lightning is not in there! I know, I know, I've read it too. But I think it's in a later annual -- I think we're remembering the retcon.
It's a hell of a good retcon, IMO.
I can understand Saturn Girl fighting, and then having that trigger labor, I understand that too. It's good plotting.