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Review of chapter "Silent Slayer" from (Current Donor)vladt
Review:
great read, thank you.
Comments from author:
Thank you for reviewing.
Review By [(Current Donor)vladt] • Date [24 Jan 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Silent Slayer" from Misery
Review:
Loved it, really did enjoy it.
Comments from author:
Thank you!
Review By [Misery] • Date [19 Jan 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Silent Slayer" from SongBirdie
Review:
I love Cassandra Cain, she's in my top three favorite DC Comics characters, and I've wanted to see Buffy fic with her in it, especially as a Slayer, since I knew of both fandoms. Forget slay, she would slaughter the bad guys. :D

This was wonderful! While I'm sorry Dawn's dead, I love how maternal Buffy was with Cass, and I think the two of them would be really good for each other. Buffy needs someone to take care of, a reason beyond fighting to get out of bed in the morning, someone who can take care of themselves, and Cass needs someone to fight for, she needs a cause, and she needs to be loved.

I hated what the Teen Titans East storyline did to Cass, (and Deathstroke, but I digress) and how the Bat-family was like 'well, once a killer, always a killer,' and never even really tried to help her. Actually, a lot of how the Bat-Family treated Cass bothered me. I think that the Scoobies could understand Cass, could accept and not judge her, could teach her to love, accept and forgive herself. Unlike the Bat Clan, who're still holding Cass killing that man at eight against her. I think the Scoobies know no one can be as hard on you as you would be on yourself, in a situation like that. They're also in no position to judge, considering some of their own colorful pasts.

I think David Cain did love Cass in his own very, very twisted way, and you did a very good job of showing that.

I'm so happy to see Cass in the Buffy-verse, thank you for writing this! I think she's a character that has so much potential, and could&should be written into more fic in a lot of different ways, because there's so much room to play around with when it comes to her. There needs to be more stories with her, period. I've added this to my recommendations, I really enjoyed it. It's so well written, it's has a character I love in it, and I really hope you write a sequel. Well done! :)
Comments from author:
I'm a major Cassandra fan myself (second favorite comic book character). As a huge fan of Buffy, I've looked for crossover stuff with her before, but I hadn't found much, and this is the first time I've seen her as a Slayer. The nice thing about writing though is that you can do the stuff that interests you, so here we are:)

I'm glad that this story has gone over so well with people! The idea came to me while I was rereading my Batgirl a couple weeks back, and the story was kind of spur of the moment, but it really seems to have worked out. I felt that I needed to kill Dawn so that Buffy would have that hole in her life that Cass could fill. They really could be good for each other, although they have a long and difficult road ahead.

The mess started with the Robin storyline. At least by the Teen Titans they had realized how stupid the idea of Cass being evil was, and were starting to backtrack with the whole brainwashing/mind control serum silliness. They seemed to have planned on her just being evil before that. The Bat family really did treated her badly at times. The Scoobies were more understanding of Faith than the Bats were of Cass. I mean, Batman was actually in denial for a long time that the killing had happened, and that was about his best response.

I really like Cain, and I think the messy and complex relationship between him and his daughter is fantastic. They both love each other. He knows that he hurt her, but he doesn't really understand, and I don't think he really thinks he did anything wrong. But he knows that she is upset, so he accepts that something wasn't right. She knows that his raising has left her socially crippled (not even mentioning the murder), but she still loves him, despite not wanting to. Great, dramatic stuff. Then, to wipe Cass' slate fully clean in her mini series, they made Cain into a bad guy who never cared about her and was just using her, completely retconning how he was presented to that point. ::rolls eyes:: The only good part of the whole thing was having Batman finally adopt her, but at the expense of having Nightwing inexplicably hate her. Clumsy.

While I have other writing projects I'm working on, this has been so well received that I'm putting writing some sequels as a priority. Thank you for the very kind review!
Review By [SongBirdie] • Date [3 Jan 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Silent Slayer" from ZippySaboteur
Review:
Yeah, Willow...I don't think she's going to die until she wants to. As long as she has access to magic I don't think she can die. She's too tied to it, especially post her bonding with the seed before it was destroyed. If she gets magic back to her universe(of if she already has, i don't really follow the comics) She's probably going to be around for a good long while and I don't think anything can really permanently get rid of her. She's just way too strong. If she had that power in season 6, Tara wouldn't have been dead. Then again, Tara dieing was what led to her becoming so powerful. A Gift and A Curse. The sad thing, she probably wouldn't give it up to have Tara back. Especially not when she's seemingly replaced her with that snake demon witch, aluwyn or whatever.

anyways this was a really interesting story. Thanks for sharing it.
Comments from author:
Yeah, we saw her in a distant future with no magic... still young and alive (and crazy too). Even without the seed, she still had power. While she can do great good, she's probably the greatest threat to the setting, given how much she tends to lash out when she suffers loss. And as an apparent immortal, she's going to suffer a great deal of loss. Hopefully she'll gain some wisdom with time. And I agree about the Tara or magic thing... at this point, being a powerful witch is her entire sense of identity, and she couldn't give that up. Thus her really bad reaction to destroying the seed.

Thanks for the review!
Review By [ZippySaboteur] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Silent Slayer" from bradsan
Review:
I can't say nothing more than this story was really and I mean really very good. In one chapter you put everything that most of the time needs several chapters.

Again very, very good.
Comments from author:
I'm very glad to hear this story has been so well liked. While I may have only written a single chapter... it was almost three times longer than my preferred chapter length;)

Anyway, thank you for the review!
Review By [bradsan] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Silent Slayer" from FireWolfe
Review:
This was a lot of fun to read and would make a really wonderful series if you have the time. I hate that Dawn died but it is a workable reality. Nicely done. The only problem I had is I would love to see more.
Comments from author:
I can definitely think of some good places to take this, so I may well make the time. I like Dawn pretty well, so killing her off wasn't my favorite thing, but I felt that I needed to for my setup to work smoother. That's always the best kind of problem for me to hear about -- makes me want to write more! Thanks for the review!
Review By [FireWolfe] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Silent Slayer" from banditdoz
Review:
A fantastic story thank you :D
Comments from author:
Glad you liked it, and thanks for the review!
Review By [banditdoz] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Silent Slayer" from sean
Review:
I really really enjoyed this and would be completely ecstatic if you would continue this.

About your ending AN with the Willow lobotomy thing. It was basically described as Buffy possessing a fraction of Willow's power, (which I am completely pulling this out of my ass here, tied her to the land of the living, sort of like a less evil horcrux.)

But yeah this was great, I was sad that Dawn died, but I got over it. And when you first did the Willow shot to the head thing, I actually felt horrified about that, so kudos on the writing. And if this at all encourages more awesomeness, than please make with the awesomeness.
Review By [sean] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Silent Slayer" from sean
Review:
I really really enjoyed this and would be completely ecstatic if you would continue this.

About your ending AN with the Willow lobotomy thing. It was basically described as Buffy possessing a fraction of Willow's power, (which I am completely pulling this out of my ass here, tied her to the land of the living, sort of like a less evil horcrux.)

But yeah this was great, I was sad that Dawn died, but I got over it. And when you first did the Willow shot to the head thing, I actually felt horrified about that, so kudos on the writing. And if this at all encourages more awesomeness, than please make with the awesomeness.
Comments from author:
It's great hearing so many people liked this!

Yeah, she had an out of body experience thing going on quite a bit like Voldy really, except not evil. She just waited outside until she could fix her body, and then popped back in. That would be really hard to defeat.

I felt Buffy needed to lose Dawn so that she would have a need to replace her, making her even more determined to take Cass in. The scene with Willow being shot was done so I could get my theory on her healing across... but when I started writing it I did have a bit of an evil grin on my face. Glad it came across so well.

And liking this definitely encourages more -- one reason I do these holiday pieces is to explore ideas and see if anyone likes them for future projects... and this one has definitely gotten a positive response! Thanks for taking the time to review!
Review By [sean] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Silent Slayer" from SlowMercury
Review:
This story was a great deal of fun. I'm glad Willow survived and I agree it makes sense, although I hadn't quite broken down the logic that way before.

I'm curious about the rest of this world; does Gotham still exist? Batman? Capes in general? I hope you do make a sequel, because I'd really love to see how Cass develops here as opposed to how she great in the comics version. If nothing else she got picked up by civilized people earlier, so that may have an effect.

Great job on this.
Comments from author:
Yeah, Willow is rather frightening by season 8. I had had that thought about her healing after reading some fics where a sniper to take her down was mentioned, so I decided to include the scene here.

My general thought is that this is a full on DC universe. Three or four years before Cass appeared... would probably be early in Jason Todd's career as Robin, or just before it. Which means, just after Crisis on Infinite Earths, which actually works out, as you could presume that the Buffyverse was an alternate earth that got merged into Earth 1 during the crisis... huh. Interesting thought. So anyway, think about 86-88 or so comic era.

Cass being adopted earlier would be very good for her -- she didn't really learn much during her street years, and the Scoobies could really help her. I mean, in the Bat Family her killing a man when she was 8 was a monstrous thing that no one ever talked about... but Willow has killed in cold blood, as has Faith, Angel and Spike are trying to find redemption from lifetimes of killing, Giles has killed, Buffy probably killed some knights during season 5... and despite that, they share her morality of being opposed to killing. So they can reinforce that idea, without making her constantly feel terrible about it. And you can imagine Cass, trying to learn English... from Buffy? Long pauses, dropped words... and Buffyisms. The world may never recover.

Anyway, that was quite a tangent I went on. Thanks for the review!
Review By [SlowMercury] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Silent Slayer" from Avantre
Review:
Needs a sequel, even a short one, to show just how terrifying Cass Cain would be when she reaches her full adult height/strength and Slayer powers. Even among the over-confident demon/vampire populations she'd probably become their version of the boogeyman, someone to scare other vamps with tales of her abilities.

And the guy who 'crossed you off the list' clearly didn't read the comic - David Cain's extremely capable of at least getting a couple of hits in.
Comments from author:
An adult Cass, with years of living and slaying with Buffy (and all of the experience that will bring), probably in even better shape given the superior nutrition during her teen years (after all, she won't need to share raw bull with a pack of wild dogs while living with Buffy)... I think I'd feel sorry for her opponents. Even if she interacted with the DC universe figures she'd be a heavy hitter.

Yeah, when I wrote that scene I was actually more concerned I was underplaying Cain -- he only got a couple of hits in the whole fight, and for someone who is at the top level of hand to hand without superpowers in DC that isn't too impressive of a showing. Of course, this is a really really angry Buffy, so that would effect things, but still.

Anyway, glad you liked it, and thanks for reviewing!
Review By [Avantre] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Silent Slayer" from Messers
Review:
This is one excellent fic, Cass as a Slayer is, as you said, Scary. I hope that you expand the series a little, I would love to see her meeting Stephanie Brown, or even a Bruce vs Buffy fight.
Comments from author:
I can think of quite a few directions this story could take from here, so odds are I will write more at some point. In fact, mentioning Stephanie gave me some more ideas... anyway, I probably will right some more on this. Thanks for reviewing!
Review By [Messers] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Silent Slayer" from burmafrdnow
Review:
once again someone human fighting a slayer. Another author I cross off my read list
Comments from author:
::raises an eyebrow:: David Cain is supposed to be one of the deadliest people in the DC Universe, even without superpowers. Minutes after waking up badly injured in a full body cast while handcuffed to a bed he killed three gun wielding agents guarding him -- mostly using his mouth. I had him get a couple of hits in before losing badly to a Slayer... I'm not sure how that seems so unreasonable? I mean, he lost, and pretty badly at that, to Buffy while she still had a back full of stitches from a recent injury ::shrug:: Can't please everybody I guess.
Review By [burmafrdnow] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Silent Slayer" from Stormrider
Review:
I remember Cassandra Cain. One of my favorite DC heroes. You're right her early days as Batgirl was cool. Being one of Oracle's courier's, occasionally sparring with Black Canary, teaming up with the Bat family sometimes. I like how you put a great part of her background and a great storyline in this story. Not to mention emotionally how Buffy was (sucks that Dawn's gone in this story, she and Cassandra would get along well) Not to mention Buffy fighting her father, and how Cassie joined in. I think Buffy being with Cassie would heal them both. I was shocked when Cain shot Willow, I thought she was gone, glad that she wasn't. You probably read Cassie background and read every issue she was in (even the crossover with Ghost she was in) If Buffy did well with Cassie's father. I can't wait to see Buffy meet her mother (Now that would be a fight for the ages) Keep it up
Comments from author:
Cass really is spectacular -- I went through all of my Batgirl and gave it all a read before starting this (not actually as part of the planning of this -- I just was reading it, and then decided to write this). After that I had so much to say, and so many ways to go. If (and it's looking likely) I write a sequel to this, it'll involve her mother (and that really will be interesting!). If I had kept Dawn she would have been like Steph -- a friend who is involved in the fight, but doesn't take it as seriously. Someone who really could become a good friend for her. But I wanted Buffy to have a gaping hole in her life for this story, so I had to kill her off.

Anyway, thanks for the review! It really is great seeing all of these Cass fans chiming in.
Review By [Stormrider] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Silent Slayer" from alynambered
Review:
And the holidays are further blest by this incredible story. I feel along with Buffy... bummed that Dawn was killed, but hopeful now that Cassandra has come into the picture.
Comments from author:
I've very glad that you liked it. Yeah, having Cass in her life could really help give her life some new hope and meaning in her future. Quite a bit of work too. Anyway, thanks for the review!
Review By [alynambered] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
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