Review of chapter "Two Months Later" from Shieldage
Oh. Heh, I don't think you took this far enough. You say: "Buffy S6 until the middle of “Seeing Red.” See, Buffy really caught Warren and threw him, Andrew, and Jonathan in jail so Tara is still alive and back with Willow. Oh, and the attempted rape? Never happened."
I think the first chapter of the sequel should be a prequel showing how the divergence above is actually (unseen by the Scoobies?) influence from the crossover, because it would make absolute sense :D
Anyway, as they stand, I dislike the artificial barriers between Sunnydale and DC continuity presented here - Oracle not having flagged Sunnydale as a point of interest, the magic community being out of contact, the Initiative creating Adam when DC tech is already... Huh, I was going to say that there was no need to fund Adam's project in a world where metas run rampant, but he was already pretty unique, even by their standards...
I tend to prefer comic-crossover stories where there are divergences throughout Buffy canon, even if they are minor - i.e., Jonathan is a mutant, but his only power is the ability to change his hair color. Xander left a message during Season 2 on the answering machine of the Justice League's/Fantastic Four's public number, but they never called back...
Yeah, I believe that having the general public be aware of aliens and magic causes noticeable shifts in society. I feel that acceptable alternatives to altering Sunnydale include dimensional barriers and continuity-lite scenarios such as CousinMary's excellent crossover http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-18314/CousinMary+Gotham+Slayer.htm
with Batman Begins.
Oh well. You do a good job with handling the complex DC continuity. Having Rack be a known enemy of the JLA and Spike being 'related' to the Monk are awesome consequences of them being in the same universe. It was nice to be introduced to a Batgirl I was unfamiliar with. The handling of the Malone family was funny and odd. Buffy being worried about Batman coming by her house struck me as odd as I don't think she was overly concerned about protecting her identity, but I guess it works as an excuse to give the Malones more screentime.
It's nice to see Buffy lose in duels to the training of the Bat family. I think you may have overemphasized their strength though. In my opinion she should be stronger than Batman, he just has ways of making that matter less.
The clarity of the prophecy at the end struck me as odd, as well as the fact that Giles appears to have kept the information from Buffy for at least a month.
The Joker was done well. Nice city hopping. Once the villains' interest in Sunnydale shattered the barrier between continuities things flowed well and I'm glad that the relationships between the two groups have continued since the main events. The gifts by the Bat family were cool and, yes, the Snoopy's Christmas Special is completely awesome :D
Heh, I think you overemphasized the lack of human whackos in the Buffyverse, IMHO the Trio fit the bill pretty well ;)
Review By [Shieldage
] • Date [11 Jan 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]