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Review of chapter "Unwanted Child" from SamuraiSky
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This is the first story I've read from you. So far I love it! Any chance of you continuing with it?
Review By [SamuraiSky] • Date [15 Aug 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Unwanted Child" from skychan
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Yikes! It's finally happened. You've been warning us for a while it was a crossover and now here we are!

Also, thanks for updating I have been waiting but I do have a question or two about this chapter. Either I missed something or you've thrown Dawn at us cold and I feel like not quite enough explaination as given about why she needed the chest plate of doom. The second being, just what IS the chestplate of doom and why does it have a see through hole for her glowing ball of energy? I'm having a hard time conceptualizing it at the moment. How much does it cover, if it were removed would she just have a gaping hole in the middle revealing the ball of glowystuff anyway? I'm sorry but this one piece seems a little unfinished and unclear for the introduction of the cross.
Review By [skychan] • Date [31 Dec 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Unwanted Child" from Meneldur
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So... very interesting chapter. The part with Paige was rather boring, frankly, besides for the part where Xavier takes control at the end... I assume the crisis he had to go handle was the MLF attacking that school... it was nice enough scene, but one has to wonder whether it has some significance, and what part Paige is to play in this story...

Emma watching the news about the attack was a very powerful scene, which I really liked. It was really interesting to see the fight from the perspective of somebody who underwent a similar attack yet empathizes with the attackers. And there's the added commentary on the people doing it and her personal feelings regarding them, of course, which add up to a great scene.

The last scene was my favorite part, though. Great humor (especially with all the characters chiming in), but also utter seriousness when the discussion turned to Willow. That is my greatest question for this chapter: What will happen between Willow, Strange, and the super-human community in general, and how much will this affect Emma's storyline. Obviously Dawn would meet Emma when they arrive at school, but is Willow connected to any part of the plot, or was it a throwaway line to explain why Dawn was undergoing this procedure.

In any case, a great chapter overall, with the second and third sections more than making up for the first.
Review By [Meneldur] • Date [30 Dec 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Unwanted Child" from Roth
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This continues to be really great work. Loved the bit with Dawn at the end
Review By [Roth] • Date [28 Dec 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Unwanted Child" from Raider
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as always, very well done.
Review By [Raider] • Date [28 Dec 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Perfect Present" from (Recent Donor)SamuraiCatFan
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Finally getting a chance to catch up on some reading. Really great job of describing Emma's experiences as she starts at Xavier's.
I will venture a guess that the 4th Summers sibling that the Dr. wants Emma to forget about is either Buffy or Dawn.
Review By [(Recent Donor)SamuraiCatFan] • Date [1 Dec 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Perfect Present" from skychan
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This was a very cute chapter. Very enjoyable and it's nice to see more Emma Jean interaction from before the tragedy strikes. Using the suit creation as an excuse is rather amusing and it’s a great little bit of world building. Even if the thickness of the suit is… 'yiii' thin its still splendid. Welcome to liquid latex, the smart all powerful version. It must have been fun getting the beast's suit made, as how it handles fur and edges is rather fun. I can only assume nannies would be involved. In any case a thoroughly enjoyable chapter and I like Emma's continuing questions about her own orientation in the face of obvious cues. It seems fairly clear that Jean is reading her, or Emma's projecting, but it might be nice to see a little more of the reverse, or more than just thoughts being transmitted.
Comments from author:
Sorry about the late reply. Yeah, the suits are the consistency of the high end latex, but starts its life as an "intelligent" goo that was developed by a scientist at Stark Enterprises. So it can handle things like Piotr's size shifting, and is pretty resilient to damage. As to the reading or projecting, it's definitely the former. As the story progresses, the inversion of St Jean and Emma the Skank will become more obvious.
Review By [skychan] • Date [9 Oct 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Perfect Present" from Raider
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another awesome update lexi!
Review By [Raider] • Date [6 Oct 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Death is a Lonely Place" from ranlynn
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Interesting story but you really need to classify this as a *NON* BTVS crossover.
Comments from author:
Actually, I don't. If you'd read what I've posted of the story thus far before reviewing, the first hint was just dropped as to why it's not classified as such.
Review By [ranlynn] • Date [6 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Future Imperfect" from skychan
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The pictures continue as ever to be adorable. I'm also glad I'm reading your brothers stories or I might have missed that you changed over, I will have to specifically track you going forward.

As for the story, I like the explaination for the more, omnicient point of view for flashbacks. It is amsuing and the therapists reaction is equally fun. I actually wouldn't mind getting to know more about what she's thinking of all this. Or see some background interaction out of her. Either through broadcast thoughts, or simple naration.

Also, Jean is lucky not to appear to be suffering from any apperance issues, being caught as she was by someone she likes in such a situation. She seems very secure in herself, even if she's not secure in Emma's feelings. I would almost expect it to be the reverse given the situation.

I also look forward to seeing more about Emma's dealing with her, "not supposed to like girls" upbringing and her various reactions to boys and Jean.
Review By [skychan] • Date [28 Sep 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Future Imperfect" from (Recent Donor)DrakePendragon
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I like this a lot. It's very compelling and intriguing with how Emma deals with grief as a kid. My only grievance is that sometimes its difficult to keep track of what time zone we're in. However, I am a very fast reader and sometimes miss crucial details. It may just be me. I'm going to make a fairly unfounded assumption based on a chromatic hunch. Going green has nothing to do with ecology or the environment but instead what persona of the Phoenix we're getting?

(no, I don't have a word-a-day calendar - I'm just a writer)
Review By [(Recent Donor)DrakePendragon] • Date [13 Sep 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Future Imperfect" from Raider
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well, thats different.. the whole twitter/memory comparison I mean.
Review By [Raider] • Date [5 Sep 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Questions, Not Answers" from Meneldur
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A very interesting chapter, with lots of developments. I loved seeing Emma and Christian just hanging out together, and being siblings. It's too rare to find this in comic book world, and I like how in your fic, they can have a really good relationship together. I'm not sure if there's any significance to Emma cutting her hair, but no doubt we will find out if so.

So it wasn't desecration after all, but rebirth. That is fascinating, and I loved how you wrote that scene, especially with the Phoenix banishing them. Their interactions were also intriguing - I wonder what the history there is, besides what seems to be abandonment and neglect.

Raven's message was quite confusing, as expected, since it came from Irene. It seems to be predicting the rise of the Phoenix, obviously, but beyond that, it implies Emma needs to undergo something in order to be able to stop the Phoenix from destroying the world. The White Queen... is the implication that Emma must become the White Queen if she is to have the ability to stop the Phoenix? That is... disturbing.

And Irene is dead. It would be much more tragic if she hadn't obviously known and prepared for it, already distributing the information she had and putting pieces in motion. It's still sad, but it's more like a natural passing. I wonder who the person is, and what/who does he work for. The Omega puts me in mind of Darkseid, but that's the wrong comic series. Perhaps it's a reference? The only thing I can think of that was similar in Marvel was Necrosha, with Selene gathering all those who had death powers and rising. This would tie in with Irene's pronouncement about death, and perhaps there is a connection to Jean - Selene wants to recruit her for her death powers, and Emma must be there to insure she does not forget the rebirth part as well? Who knows. I am obviously over-thinking this, and probably way out. In nay case, I can't wait to see what happens.

EDIT: Wow, I totally forgot about Omega Red. Not going to bother to really think about what the scar means regarding his master, though.

Ah, so it was hair cutting in the sense of grief/coping. It's just that there are so man meaning behind hair, I'm never really sure. And it becomes even more complicated with characters like Emma, who have added meanings - for example, I thought it could be the beginning of her transformation into the White Queen, since that's part of her original hairstyle. Just BTW, since we're talking about hair - have you been following Avengers vs. X-Men? Because in issue 9, there was an awesome panel of Emma, and the lighting made her look so much like Jean, down to the hair being red.
Comments from author:
Thank you very much. While I pondered using Selene, I opted not to, mostly because of her complex history. The suicide bomber was actually an X-Men foe from the 90's, Omega Red. Tho the scar also indicates who his master is.

Irene was actually added after I laid out the story, I wanted to have her be connecting everything, and getting the things needed into place. I'm going to actually add kind of a "Mutant History Primer" in later chapters, Emma's going to be sitting in with a new student in "Mutant History 101".

The hair cutting is a coping mechanism, it's something I did when I lost my GF to suicide. I had long hair, after her funeral I shaved my head, it was leaving myself behind. I'm using a lot of myself and my experiences in Emma, she speaks with my voice at times.
Review By [Meneldur] • Date [10 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Questions, Not Answers" from skychan
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Wow, Emma's still got a bit of growing to do, I hadn't really thought of her as still being quite so short. Something that is made far more manifestly obvious with your next wonderful picture. But I have to wonder as I type this and look it over just why she needs the gun. I like how you do the glistening effects by the way, they help show that she's crystal rather than simple glass or merely grey. Of course I always wonder at the texture of her hair in that state. I hope at some point you get a chance to describe it and more on what she feels in that form, and others feel from her. Is she body temperature, or cool to the touch, does it change with time cooling or warming to match the environment? Does she need to breath or does metabolism stop? How does 'hard but squishy' work ? Okay enough musing back to the reading.
Oh wow… now I know Emma still has serious issues as she went back to flesh in front of a drawn gun. I almost expected the gun to draw more of an emotional reaction. It also seems like Raven is one sentence ahead of your writing in her own emotional reactions. Like she's the psychic one. I'm not sure if that is intentional or if we just don't have all the information that she does. Or maybe I should say maybe she does have all the information we do, and we just don't know when she got it.
As I enjoy your writing on the whole I think you may want to take one more look at the alley scene. It’s the only one that seemed to be a bit off to me.

Well… that’s a different way to off Ms. Addler. A far greater mystery in that way of going poof than cancer. To be unable to see a way clear that wouldn't lead to things being worse is… troubleing.
Comments from author:
Amusingly, my favorite X-Men artists (Bachalo, Quitely and Kaare Andrews) all drew Emma as significantly shorter than Jean. Basically Raven pulled the gun as defense against either a diamond fist or an attempted psychic attack. Emma is kinda of dulled at that moment, even though she knows Jean is dead, she did hope that the girl she was chasing was her Jean. So when she saw the gun, she kinda wanted Raven to pull the trigger. It came across better in my head than on "paper", I think that scene was the weakest so far.

Raven's "psychic" bit was a little programming inserted by Irene. This is far more important than anything else, because Irene knows what's coming, and what needs to be done to save humanity. Raven's going to appear again soon to talk with Emma, then Irene's main agent will find Xavier (then Emma). The chess piece is far more important than Emma can even imagine.

I actually felt terrible when I wrote the last part. Fortunately she was able to get the ball rolling before the darkness found her.
Review By [skychan] • Date [7 Aug 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Questions, Not Answers" from CrystalBlaze
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That's one twisted vision of Omega Red.
Review By [CrystalBlaze] • Date [7 Aug 12] • Not Rated
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