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Review of chapter "League of Justice" from Difdi
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> “Then there’s the lawyers. Some of them are wrangling over whether or not demons count as people, deserving rights and all."

One of those funny little things about the constitution is that nowhere does it say you must be human to be a citizen. Nowhere does it say you must be a citizen to have rights -- the constitution protects rights by restricting government action, not by defining exactly what is a right and who has it.

There are even federal laws that criminalize violating rights. It would take a constitutional amendment to define non-humans as not having rights -- and unless such a thing is ratified, it would result in long prison sentences or even execution for the government to deprive demons of due process rights by executing them or imprisoning them without a fair trial. Well, assuming the government didn't decide to abandon all legal principles, anyway.
Review By [Difdi] • Date [8 Feb 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Betrayals" from Difdi
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> “Me too.” Faith mumbled against Diana’s shoulder. She looked up, visibly pulling her tough-girl facade back on, though she
> didn’t move away. “Don’t think this makes me a wuss, you hear?”

Good thing Diana doesn't get modern slang, or Faith wouldn't like the response she'd get. Wuss is a slang reference to female genitals, essentially saying that anyone who isn't male is weak. I can't see any Amazon not taking offense at such a statement, let alone their Princess.
Review By [Difdi] • Date [8 Feb 14] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "League of Justice" from lorwen
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awesome story!
Keep up the good work. :)
Review By [lorwen] • Date [9 Jun 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "League of Justice" from Mordare
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A friend of mine pointed this series out to me. I have to say he was right. Damn good story. I am looking forward to reading more.
Review By [Mordare] • Date [22 Nov 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "League of Justice" from kelvin
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I just want to say your reason for Harlene Quinnzel going on the joker side makes hell of lot more sense than the comics i have read. anybody with that kind of personality would near be allowed near a psycho.. The story was great as well.keep up the good work. got to admit you do feel sorry for Quinnzel she was trying to help people and look what happened. personality
Review By [kelvin] • Date [30 Mar 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "League of Justice" 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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- Louis D. Brandeis
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Review By [Dragonelf] • Date [3 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "League of Justice" from missinglink
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I am continually impressed with how you are able to both be following the expected path, but still make it seem to swerve as we follow it. Where the first arc and it's grittier "Dark Knight" feel to it was nice for the element it brought to a relatively easy going episodic nature that was BTVS Season 2. This arc with the integration of Smallville, the wish and it's reveals and repercussions, and now the formation of the League seems to be you stretching your legs a bit after the warm up that was the first arc. Next arc should be you going full out and bringing together the teasing elements in some long range and short range payoffs.

Will be interested to see just what larger role you have for Giles, by the by the assumed name he must now be under might be a good point for levity at his expense if Willow or Xander set it up. The Deathstroke/Batman parallels were interesting and more showing of Xander fighting that ease of doing the dark, not the right is always of the good in plot. Especially as he interacts with Joker and his lastest victim. If Angel/Two Face is to resurrect someone, does it have to be Darla as per canon or could it perhaps be Buffy and would this be the angle to empower the First/unleash Caleb. Then what DC character would Caleb be in this verse? Would suppose that with the inclusion of Smallville that the characters introduced there would be fair game so we now have a Green Arrow, Flash, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter and the Society. Ooohh, could Caleb be the supposed Darkseid showing for the new season of Smallville? Superpowered and could be a League worthy problem. Only issue I see is it would have to be a joined First and Caleb to evoke a Darkseid level.

Anyways, seem to be rambling. Again lots of little threads and will be interesting to see where you take it. Loved it so far and can't wait for more. Thanks a ton for all the hard work. Later.
Comments from author:
You're quite welcome. I'm working on the next part even now, but of course it'll be a bit before its available for everyone's reading pleasure.

Other DC characters may show up, but they're likely to be fairly peripheral. Not all that important to what's going on in the plot. Partially because it'll be easier for me to keep track of what I've got as-is, and partially because aside from the big names and a few smaller characters, I don't know enough about them to do them justice. Since I'm not writing a CrazyDan crackfic, keeping things going on a somewhat serious note is essential, and I can't do that if I've got characters acting completely contrary to how they should be.

I try to bring about good little parallels. One thing that's difficult is -not- completely turning one character into another. If I wanted to turn Xander Harris into Bruce Wayne, I'd have had him win the lottery in the first part of Dark Knight, Grey Heart, and promptly go nuts with the money. This is Xander Harris as Batman, and thus he's got entirely different ways of going about things. He's a bit more humorous and he frequently keeping a self-deprecating running commentary in his head. For the Wishverse, I turned him into Deathstroke, but he wasn't like the comic or cartoon version of Deathstroke. He was motivated by his own issues, and those were twisted by the First Evil.

Anyway, later on you'll see just what the First has in mind. It'll take a bit getting there, mind you, but there's a lot of little things throughout this arc it's influenced. Those are going to be important later.
Review By [missinglink] • Date [26 Sep 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Trip Through the Mirror..." from vitruvian
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In this version of the Wishverse, with Xander and Buffy never being friends, who performed CPR on her?
Comments from author:
Cordelia. This version of Cordelia is quite the dangerous girl, and she knows what to do.
Review By [vitruvian] • Date [26 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "League of Justice" from darkcarnage
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This was a great story arc. I can't wait for the next. Now that the justice league was created I hope you bring more of the DC heroes into the next arc.
Comments from author:
Mentioning a number of them, it'll likely be peripherally. Keeping the focus of Bat-Xander and the gang, and what they deal with, is going to make things simpler for me and hopefully more fun for you folks.

After all, let's face it. Superman or Power Girl could take out all the supercriminals in Gotham in about a minute. Same thing with a lot of the heavy hitters. There's a reason they tend to separate and do what they do. If Supes is cleaning up my version of LA, who's going to be stopping nuclear missiles and meteor strikes?
Review By [darkcarnage] • Date [25 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "League of Justice" from Tjack
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Great chapter, great story, great arc. Good luck in the competition.
Comments from author:
Thanks. Gonna need it. Least for two of the awards you can vote for, it hasn't dropped out yet.
Review By [Tjack] • Date [24 Sep 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "League of Justice" from Orchamus
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Do you plan on Xander getting rich at some point, or getting better at fighting?
Comments from author:
Both. The seeds for richness are laid right here. Ten percent of two hundred million pounds. Now what could they possibly do with that? *grins* And as for fighting, that comes with experience. And better gear helps, too.
Review By [Orchamus] • Date [24 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "League of Justice" from Maeven
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excellent fic! looking forward to the sequel!

So, what will Giles' new identity be? Alred Pennyworth, perhaps? :)
Review By [Maeven] • Date [24 Sep 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "League of Justice" from Dusel
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So...Amy becomes Ivy, I wonder if she realized that as her mothers daughter she will always have a resemblance to her or was it the First that decided to fuck with her head and brake her completely. Either way she definately need to get a redemption in the future...are you going to use her Arkham Asylum clothes - red button up shirt and thong. :D

Uhhh....something else......something else....not for now really. I hope you post the next part of your story soon though.
Comments from author:
A resemblance, sure. But this is beyond that. Quite a bit beyond. Poor Amy. I think it says something about me that I'm so able to screw with the character's heads. Yikes.
Review By [Dusel] • Date [24 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "One Big Problem" from Kaesydian
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I really like this fic. You've merged the Buffy and DC -verses quite well, and without abandoning the integrity of either by changing things so Buffy cast match the 'cannon' back stories of the various superheroes like a lot of fusions tend to do. Also, I like that what happens isn't predictable- and that you don't necessarily go out of your way to find characters that 'fit' the characters they're replacing but at the same time have used characters that really *do* fit.
Comments from author:
Thank you.

I have read good fusions, where Xander becomes Batman, or finds out he's Kal-El, or that his parents were magicians, or whatever. I've always enjoyed Jedi Harris, though, for much the same reason you're enjoying mine. If you change a person's history, you change the character. It -can- work, but as you've said, it's been used a lot. I remember a very, very poor Superman crossover. Not on this site, but it makes me shudder every time I think about it. It made Buffy useless for anything but 'Call Superman!' Willow dull, Giles never showed up... and on and on it went.

When I started it out, I tried to go 'What could I do to get canonical Xander, or close to him anyway, to become Batman?' And things began falling into place as it went. Of course, being Xander Harris instead of Bruce Wayne, this Batman has a lot less in the way of resources to work with. It makes things more of a challenge for him to deal with things, and still keep things under a budget. Most of what he's got are things either given to him or cobbled together. It works, but it all could be better. Hence the motivation to improve his lot, beyond just 'Get out of my parent's basement.'
Review By [Kaesydian] • Date [17 Sep 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "One Big Problem" from Orchamus
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Not bad, but i feel Xander is lacking compared to Bruce.
Comments from author:
Of course. This version of Xander isn't Bruce. He hasn't lost his loving parents at eight and held that rage inside for twenty-odd years. Instead he lost a friend, a friend he was trying to help and a friend that would still be around if he'd been a bit more attentive.

That said, while he's going on a similar course to Bruce Wayne, there's just some things he'll do that Bruce wouldn't, and vice-versa. He'll actually have friends outside the superheroing circles, and he'll have more personal support. Bruce was much more isolated than Xander, and that makes a big difference in the end. Right now, we're seeing him at the darkest points in his life. He's still on the declining slope that came around with Buffy and Joyce's deaths. But you can only slide so far down.
Review By [Orchamus] • Date [12 Sep 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
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