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The Secret Return of Alex Mack

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Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from Zeviz
Review:
"And yes, they really did use super-math-powers once. And they got the math wrong."
lol A superhuman ability to solve differential equations? Or was he able to square the circle? :P
(I think "squaring the circle" is the right term in English for a geometry problem that asks to draw a square whose area is equal to the area of a given circle using only a straight edge and a compass. The problem has no solution.)

And talking about classic comics, is this story equivalent in tone to a Silver Age comic book?

Sir Lee, I like the idea of Dr. Angleman as the mole in the SRI, because he was mentioned early and "forgotten", and Diane likes Chekov's guns. (And when the mole was mentioned, it was obvious that he had some information, but not the most sensitive parts, which is consistent with somebody like Dr. Angelman, rather than somebody like Rita, who has almost no information.)
EDIT: And looks like the Angleman theory was disproved while I was writing this post. oops.
Comments from author:
Yes, 'squaring the circle' is what it's called here.

And what Superman got wrong thanks to his super-math-powers was... basic algebra. Algebra that any child ought to be able to do in his head if he can play the Yu-Gi-Oh card game and not have to write stuff down.
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from dcarson
Review:
On not googling. With so many new characters to draw on and so many books, comics, tv shows and movies I bet we can find a crossover you didn't know you did.
Comments from author:
:D :D :D I'm sure there is bound to be some name overlap somewhere. But there are no intentional new crossovers.
Review By [dcarson] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from ShalaDakiri
Review:
I think I like how your version of Sheila is turning out. She might actually turn out to be a good therapy alternative if Alex has anything she wants to share as both Alex and Terawatt.

Becky's actions in getting Willow blitzed? Willow being an Orphan isn't exactly a secret. Her reasons could range from trying to sabatoge the wedding to idiotically assuming Willow 'needed' the higher proof alcohol in order to even get drunk.
Comments from author:
I have an annoying habit of 'reclaiming' lots of people in my stories, or at least taking them and justifying their actions more.
Review By [ShalaDakiri] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from Amberdrake
Review:
"There was a big choice on drinks, but she’d never had a ‘cream soda’ before so she grabbed one."

You said there were no aliens in this story. What planet is Alex from that she's never had cream soda? :)
Comments from author:
:D What planet is she from? She's from central California, so she's from Planet Valleygirl, the most culturally-damaged planet out there. :D
Review By [Amberdrake] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from JamesBrown
Review:
now is the time for Alex to practice those lessons from catwoman.

Alex: Alec rolls her eyes-I wish she would quit saying that!
Janet: what you mean?
well, every since I kinda stopped that orphan Clare Tobias
from poisoning every body at that computer conference?
Willow Kept calling me her own personal terawatt
and that she's my number one fan.
I know it's just a joke,but she knows it's embarrassing
and she's mostly stopped,
but she still does it every once in a while.
sigh-well, come on guys let's get her up to her room.
(and keep all our fingers crossed and hope it works)

as to the identity of the mole,
I've had my own suspicion since pretty early in the story
when Alex referred to someone in the SRI
in her thoughts as 'Val Kilmer' handsome yet the character to the best
of my recollection has had little or no 'screen time' since then.
that seems pretty Chekhov-ish to me.
I won't come out and say specifically who I'm referring to
but that should be sufficient clue if you want to go back and reread the story. :)

and once again thank you very much for entertaining us with all your hard work.
Comments from author:
Cat-lessons! Taking lessons from former supervillains always works. :D
Review By [JamesBrown] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from SirLee
Review:
On one hand... I wouldn't worry about either Dr. Rosenberg or Rita. Willow's mom appears to be appreciative of Alex in both roles, and as a psychiatrist should have some ability to keep her mouth shut. And Rita, well, she's dating Graham for how long? And she was even brought with him to the Toronto mission, so she probably had some level of clearance established.

On the other hand... that's two more people who know Alex's secret. And it was just a few days ago when Kelly found out. Alex's secret identity seems to be fraying around the edges. I mean, how many people know already? Let me see (roughly in order of discovery -- this is from memory, so it's bound to have a few glitches):

- Dave Watt
- Annie
- Ray
- Louis
- Alex's mom
- Alex's dad
- Robyn
- Nicole
- Gloria
- Willow
- Jack
- Riley
- Graham
- Walter
- Grover
- Jo Lupo
- Hanna
- Bruce Paine
- Alfred
- Julie
- Janet
- Aunt Ashley
- Marsha
- Hank Marshall
- Pete Bailey
- Sgt. Carlson
- Bill Lee
- Sam Carter
- Ray's father
- Ray's mother
- Frank
- Hermione
- Kelly
- Dr. Rosenberg
- Rita

Probably a few more people at the SRI. For instance, I don't remember exactly when Bill Lee was told, but he was at Shar's funeral, so he probably knew already. So... 35 people at least, not counting Alex herself, Shar (who obviously no longer can spill anything) and Danielle Atron, who sorta-knew but rejected the possibility a la Lex Luthor (Byrne version). And I probably missed a few -- I'm not sure how much Cindy, Charlie and Walter's daughter know. Probably quite a bit. And I almost certainly missed someone.

On the good side... I doubt any of those is the mole, because there's no evidence that the Collective has figured out anything important about Terawatt's ID.

My money (two Zimbabwean dollars) is on the mole being Dr. Angleman:
- He was part of the DRI on canon-Buffy's universe, so questionable ethics for a scientist;
- Jack does not really trust his judgment -- a good reason for him being out of the loop;
- He was mentioned early in the story as part of the SRI but then conveniently kept off-stage, which is consistent with being out of the "inner circle."
Comments from author:
Don't tell anyone, but it is not Angleman.
Review By [SirLee] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Comic Con II" from Riniko
Review:
Cons can be fun, but you never get to see all the forums you really want to get to. Those were some really nice chapters. Kitty was a fav of mine and Rouge too.
Comments from author:
Even the important people at the conference never get to see all the forums they want to get to. Actually, they may get to fewer than regular fans can attend (after you factor in their own forums).
Review By [Riniko] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from PATM
Review:
I'm picturing the bulging eyes now. I refuse to imagine what Becky looks like while I am eating dinner. Talk about ratcheting up the drama! I know tequila and it requires plenty of sleep but everclear. oh gawd!
Comments from author:
Poor Willow. She's not a heavy drinker, as you probably remember from her first date with Jack.
Review By [PATM] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from Keshkreature
Review:
Uh oh! Can they play that off as a joke, 'cause there are WAY too many people that are finding out!
Comments from author:
Poor Alex. Willow is just not doing a good job of maintaining that cover. Maybe she needs a different kind of lessons from Jack.
Review By [Keshkreature] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from Zeviz
Review:
At this rate, I wonder how long Alex' secret identity will stay secret. Every person that knows, even if they are honest and good at keeping secrets, can reveal it accidentally, as Willow just did. So it's only a matter of time until it gets to somebody who starts telling it freely. (Especially with Alex being famous in her own right, so once the rumor starts spreading, even people who don't know her can say "Did you know that A.L. Mack who took those Terawatt photos is actually Terawatt herself?")
Comments from author:
Somehow, despite getting spotted about a dozen times a year throughout the Silver Age, Superman (and his really famous alter ego Clark) managed to weasel out of everything. Granted, it was the Silver Age so he could use super-ventriloquism or super-math-powers or something equally stupid to get out of it by the end of the comic.

And yes, they really did use super-math-powers once. And they got the math wrong.
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from HMaxMarius
Review:
Oh CRUD!!!

Rita's that SRI mole you've been hinting at for most of the story!

edit: And on the everclear front... Only time I've ever had a hangover was due to the infamous everclear drink known as PJ. The drink itself is fine, however NEVER snack on the fruit... that's where all the alcohol goes... Not knowing this, I spent the party chowing down on the pineapple bits.
Comments from author:
You really think Rita's the mole? I thought I had planted enough clues that you'd know who the mole was.
Review By [HMaxMarius] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from hmhughes
Review:
Thanks for the heads up on the no google needed, because I would have spent hours doing that lol.
And as always a wonderfully writen chapter.
Comments from author:
Thanks. The extraneous Googling has happened with characters in earlier chapters, so I thought I had better make a disclaimer.
Review By [hmhughes] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from Deadpan
Review:
On the one hand, this is a fairly bad trackrecord for keeping a superhero secret identity, not counting the ones that don't actually bother. On the other hand, even with the wig and falsies and etc, this is probably about the best you could hope for in real life.

Re: "we are not done with Andrew in this story either."

I'm looking forward to that. I imagine he has had some expert help on his costume at this point and I'm also looking forward to how that came out.
Comments from author:
Well, given that Superman got caught out about ten times a year throughout the Silver Age, this is probably not too bad.
Review By [Deadpan] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from Vld
Review:
Two in one go. She got outed to two people in one go. Sheila first, then Rita. Makes me almost wonder if Becky could be a mole. Maybe not one for Wacky Maggie, but for some new group. Almost because that would make too big a coincidence, but still...

i was hoping the apologizing scene with Hanna would have been bigger, but other than that...

Wonder how long it will take before the united heroes become not enough and Terawatt is forced to make her reappearance.
Comments from author:
Hey, they have Ultraman! And Azure Crush! And you don't want to know what codenames Jack has been making up for Sam Carter. :D
Review By [Vld] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from Garnok
Review:
I love this! I have been to many a wedding that is similar. I can almost see some of my friends in place of other characters.
Comments from author:
Thanks. I've been to a few weddings where some similar events took place. I've even been the 'responsible' one who took the waiter aside and bribed him to switch from rum-and-cokes for the bride to straight cokes so she wouldn't be hungover and sick for the wedding.
Review By [Garnok] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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