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Review of chapter "Double Jeopardy" from demonichellfire
Review:
Joker is a spree killer. He has no target group. Punisher is a serial Killer
Review By [demonichellfire] • Date [27 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Farewells" from Dragonelf
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I have just finished rereading this story and it was just as excellent as the last time I read it.

By the way, the Stay-Puft line in the final chapter of this story was a Ghostbusters reference, right?

::Starts rereading the next story in the series::

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Neither fire nor wind,
birth nor death can
erase our good deeds.
- Buddha
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Review By [Dragonelf] • Date [11 May 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Shadows in Daylight" from CathalPicard
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Look, you, it shouldn't be called Buffyverse if you're just going to change Xander into Batman and remove-him-from-the-********-context. You kill people we like, you make others we like go bad... I'm GLAD your authority is only over this fic! Killing off a character just to show us how far normalcy's going to be derailed is sick and also uncreative. Killing off main characters or potential main characters is also sick. There are better ways to go. If you can't think of how to do a more honest melding, then why did you do this?

Yes, I know I killed off that one character in that other story. But I'm going to bring him back.
Comments from author:
It's a crossover and a fusion. There's a lot of ways to go about it, this was just the route I took. There have been other, fantastic fics which went in about the same manner, though better written than my plot bunny fueled work here. Look at Jedi Harris.

And it was an honest melding. Entirely so. I killed people we like, precisely because they were people we liked. Not for the sake of it, but for the sake of the story. Buffy's death wouldn't have been a tragedy if everyone hated her, plus it was unexpected. Also a huge point for driving Xander. Losing Jonathan to Joker's messing around, early on? Also a tragedy. Having things nice and clean and pretty can be a fun fic, but that wasn't what I was going for.

I had many, many, many ways to go about writing this. The point however was to make it dark, gritty, and painful. Remember, for all intents and purposes, Xander had a night as Adam West's Batman. He wasn't going to turn darker and dangerous without circumstances pushing in that direction. I'm not the only writer who's gone in this kind of route, and if you don't like it, that's fine. You've got your reasons to, and it's not to everyone's tastes. That said, I didn't kill characters, or put them through the wringer just for the fun of it, or just to throw things off the normal route of BTVS' storyline, but a deliberately planned decision for the sake of the story. I wanted a dark fic, and a lot of people have enjoyed it. I'm sorry you haven't, but this isn't for everyone.

Sick and uncreative? I beg to differ. I never killed a character lightly, or even just threw them in front of a bus because I didn't like them. Even for characters I didn't like much, I treated seriously and as fairly as I could manage. As for uncreative? I started from a spot I hadn't seen anywhere before. I've seen fics where Xander dresses as Batman, fics where he was adopted by Batman, and fics where he was born rich and suffered exactly as young Bruce Wayne did. I hadn't seen one where he came up with Batman as a result of Halloween without actually dressing as the bat for the night. I wrote this for the fun of it and for the sake of the story itself. I tried something just a bit differently from where most people went. Some people didn't like it, others loved it. Whatever floats your boat.

Despite your negative review, thank you for your time.
Review By [CathalPicard] • Date [20 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Downery
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Well written but i hate fusions with a passion. Crossovers are cool but fusions just make my skin crawl. I don't want to read the same story but with so and so replacing so and so. Just isn't that fun.
Review By [Downery] • Date [7 Jan 12] • Rating [6 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Recent Donor)RavenWoodbane
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This is a good story, to me reading is like actually being in an alternate reality if the writer is very good they can make me feel like I'm experiencing the trials and emotions of the characters, I say this cause your depiction of joker andrew was so evil I actually had to stop reading cause I felt the intense fear of his victims, so even though I don't Think I can finish the story, just letting you know you have the gift of the pen, and I hope to read other less scary stories of yours in the future
Comments from author:
Well, thank you. I am sorry for you having been freaked out, but I was aiming for some terror there. Joker-Andrew is a screwed up mashup, but it worked when I was writing the first chapter and trying to figure out how both Batman and Joker might appear, without dressing as either character.

Anyways, the things he does over time gets a bit more abstract. He's terrifying on a personal level, but on a larger-scale I think it's more tolerable. That's me, though. Glad you like the quality of the work, even if you can't quite get through it.
Review By [(Recent Donor)RavenWoodbane] • Date [27 Apr 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Farewells" from Dragonelf
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You did a great job with this story.

::Starts reading the next part of the series::

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Most of the things worth doing in the world had been
declared impossible before they were done.
- Louis D. Brandeis
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Review By [Dragonelf] • Date [28 Feb 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Farewells" from Razial
Review:
great story, nice pairing at the end and not one used often. I look forward to reading the next part of the series
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed. The next part is already out and available, here on TTH. It's not complete yet, mind, but it's here. Follow my profile and you'll find it.
Review By [Razial] • Date [26 Aug 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Farewells" from Doraemax
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Wonderful! Fantastic! Awesome!!!
Thank you for bringing us this epic story. You rock!!

Haha, just read the last chapter. Seriously, ghost buster? (u did mean ghost buster right? the stay-puff marshmallow factory in new york?hehe)

I like the way everything in buffyverse is parallel to the actual character in justise-league-verse. The only thing i'm concerned is about wayne-corps. If xander=bruce wayne, what about the money part in the equation? and wayne-corps? also lucius fox? I'm looking forward to see how you tie these elements together.

Also, are you going to make willow=oracle? it would be a blast if you do. maybe willow became a 'technomage'(magic+hacker skills) oracle.

Loads more to say, but it seems the sequel is already out. I'll read that first b4 reviewing more. Again, thank you. A 10/10 for this fic (up there with the 'jedi harris', 'terran jedi', etc.
Review By [Doraemax] • Date [14 Jul 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Farewells" from (Current Donor)RngrThorne
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Interesting. One thing, though, you do know that it's kind of rare for people to STAY dead in comic-verses, right?

And Buffy has a tendency to come back, anyway . . .
Review By [(Current Donor)RngrThorne] • Date [10 Jun 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Farewells" from lorwen
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loved the story
Review By [lorwen] • Date [28 Apr 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Vilkath
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An interesting idea though I can't say I like the introduction of a 'joker' character made from Halloween night as well. I mean doesn't the Buffy-verse have enough bad guys in it, powerful supernatural ones? Why the heck does every fic like this feel the need to bring in batman quality enemies into the mix?

Plus the Batman villians were mostly just crazy SOB's who only kept being a problem because batman refused to kill them, while I would imagine Xander would see their danger and do them in. And if he wouldn't a man no matter how crazy would not be top of the food chain to demons.
Review By [Vilkath] • Date [15 Apr 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Farewells" from nemogbr
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Enjoyed it. Bittersweet ending.
Wondering who Lucius Fox is working for and how will Xander be funding his fight against the darkness? He would not have the resources of a billionaire.


Looking forward to the next story.
Review By [nemogbr] • Date [23 Mar 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Farewells" from TheHeartist
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A nice arc there :) You didnt feel the need to ramble for on for chapters and chapters which is good. As for Dawn, Xander actually does make sense, what with him being the Hellmouth's primary guardian now. And I could easily see her as Robin eventually. Taking another stab at Poison Ivy...Amy? Also, I'd love to see the Arkham Asylum story arc in here somewhere, as I said before I think the Initiative would be the best time for it, them having captured Batman's rogues gallery and then having somewhat of an alliance between Adam and the Joker. Adam's plan in Season Four is similar anyways, his minions allowing themselves to be captured so they can take over at the right time.

Overall, a whopping 11/10, can't wait for the next part!
Review By [TheHeartist] • Date [21 Mar 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Farewells" from djhardim
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Very good story.

Just a thought. If the police department can't do its job, there's always the Sheriff's Department. Then there's Santa Barbara just to the north of Sunnydale, and Oxnard (an hour's drive to the south).
Review By [djhardim] • Date [20 Mar 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Farewells" from ZeroCrimson
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You are a true writer! This story was brilliantly written to fuse so many different elements from many different shows, comics, and movies seamlessly. I cannot wait for the sequel. There was nothing that could be improved in this fic in my opinion. The ending was perfect for this first act. Please tell me the second act is even darker. Thank you for this wonderful story. Good Luck!
Review By [ZeroCrimson] • Date [20 Mar 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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