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Review of chapter "Scattered, Part II" from (Recent Donor)nerfherder
Review:
Wow, great speech! Keep it coming, please!
Review By [(Recent Donor)nerfherder] • Date [23 Nov 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Scattered, Part II" from Letomo
Review:
Still really enjoying this story!

Though, I haven't really had access to comics since before flashpoint [and only know of it from the movie], so I'm wondering what Kara read that shocked her so, from the new 52?
Comments from author:
The idea of herself sleeping with Mr. Terrific in a 'friends-with-benefits' situation was odd but not inconceivable. He is her friend, and she does think he's hot, and she was willing to let it go that the comic didn't bother to provide them with a room bathed in red sunlight to couple in so as to, you know, not accidentally break the ordinary human the New 52 version of her had apparently slept with.

The thing that really shocked her, though, was a scene that happened later when 'Karen Starr' was at the party with Mr. Terrific. A woman named Aleeka Okafur spends most of the night staring at her, and eventually, Power Girl calls her out on it. And the way she does it is probably the most embarrassing thing Power Girl had ever read.

Karen Starr (Power Girl): "You've been staring at me all night. For the record, Michael and I are just friends. I don't want to start a turf war."

Aleeka Okafur: "It's not that."

Power Girl: "I get it. It's because I'm a white girl, isn't it?"

... and that's when Power Girl, reading the comic that supposedly had her in it, reacted with total disbelief. Bear in mind, she grew up in a VR environment with programs designed to simulate a normal Kryptonian upbringing. So all the American (and more generally, human) cultural baggage about race relations? She doesn't actually have that. She kind of understands it in an intellectual sense, but even then, it seems weird to her. That's not to say there wasn't ethnic diversity on Krypton. There are certainly black Kryptonians (and Kryptonians whose appearance corresponds to other ethnicities, and some who don't correspond to any known human ethnicity at all), but in this case, the cultural history is a legacy of centuries long Nationalist isolationism. Basically, Krypton had a physically and culturally isolated but highly advanced nation whose majority population was their ethnic equivalent to an intermingling of our central and southern African ethnic groups, and which retained independence from the Planetary Federation for centuries after its formation on account of its isolationist policies, but eventually opened its borders and integrated with the Planetary Federation as a whole.

All that is DC canon, mind you. The place was called Vathlo Island. Supposedly, it was about the size of Australia (and the original portrayal of it was rife with unintentional racism).

So granted all that, Power Girl's actual words make basically zero sense. The subtle, possibly unintentional condescension in using the words 'turf war,' and the associations with gangs and urban violence that come with it. The assumption that Aleeka only has a problem with her because she's white. It doesn't make *sense* for her character. It's a deeply weird moment, and no attempt is ever made to explain it or excuse it.

All that to say, imagine there were an alien who was kind of familiar with your life and who you were, but had only ever really heard about it second hand. Now imagine that alien was trying to pretend it was you, and you saw it doing this. It would be profoundly strange and surreal, and probably a little offensive. And that's Power Girl's reaction. :P
Review By [Letomo] • Date [23 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Scattered, Part II" from SapphireSparks
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I'm kind of bummed I missed the last update on this and had to catch up. Great writing as always.

I loved the Captain America scene at the end. Great stuff. Very strong characterization all around.

I really like that you're bringing in the Celestials reboot. I had actually completely forgotten that took place during The Civil War. Despite that being something of a major plot point in the early books and being a major event in upcoming X-men continuity.

There is one point of continuity I'm a little unclear on; Hasn't Dick Grayson joined up with the resistance yet? Where exactly the Deadman series fit into the Flashpoint timeline was pretty nebulous, but this close to the final battle I'd think he'd be with them by now. IIRC, when he became Dr. Fate his New Earth memories were restored; I would have thought he would have caught a ride with Flash to the main story when he went to fetch Cap.

The other geeky trivia thing I want to ask about is this. Shouldn't they have tried to save The Martian Manhunter? IIRC, The Outsider didn't kill him until very close to the final battle.
Comments from author:
re: Captain America
Thanks. Like I said in another review response, Captain America is one of my favorite Marvel characters, and I try very hard to get him right. :)

re: Celestials reboot
What do you mean by 'Celestials reboot?' Are you talking about Niel Gaimon's Eternals series?

re: Dick Grayson
Given that Penny Black has her Brittania suit when he joins, it has to be fairly late in the game (the search for said suit was a big part of the Lois Lane and the Resistance series). Which means the only time it can really occur is immediately before Flashpoint #5. Was planning to address him next chapter.
Review By [SapphireSparks] • Date [23 Nov 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Scattered, Part II" from Jimbobob
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Well that's certainly an interesting way to reveal the Skrull early. I'd even forgotten that that wasn't actually Spider Woman for a while.

Fun chapter.
Review By [Jimbobob] • Date [23 Nov 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Scattered, Part II" from CageFire
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Awesome new chapter. Keep up the great work. :) I never thought I would ever like a story where a male character gets stuck in the body of a female, and yet here it is. I mean it's one thing when the author goes AU where the character was born female and has no memory of ever being male, in that respect it's almost like that character's sister not them shoved into another body, much less awkward. Still, this story is really good, and I really appreciate that there's an adjustment period and he doesn't suddenly get a preference change on top of a sex change. I find it much more believable(I'm not going to say 'realistic', because some people take that too far. I've got a bit of a grudge with that word. I've had game mods semi-ruined for me because people insisted on it being more 'realistic' even though it made it more tedious and less fun.)
Comments from author:
Thank you very much. I'm glad you're enjoying the story.

re: gender bender stories
I tend not to like them, either. Which is weird, considering I've written two of them. But yeah, adjusting to an entirely new body is going to take time. Lots of time. Hell, even if the new body were male, it would take time to adjust to it. The biggest thing that moved Karen towards being OK with her new body was the merging with Divine, but even that doesn't make her completely OK with it.
Review By [CageFire] • Date [23 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Scattered, Part II" from AllenPitt
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yep, that's what Captain America is best at. He's not the strongest super by a long shot, but he can inspire like nobody's business. He's the closest thing in the Marvel-verse to a real hero with very few flaws. Much more common in the DC-verse (when it's ok)
Great fights all around! Yep, that's Doomsday's only weakness, he can't fly. And, I liked that Superman didn't wake up and fix everything for everybody instantly. It should be hard. And damn, a Skull infestation problem. Everybody hates it when that happens.
Wow, ,sounds like they plan to bring a really really large # of refugees out of this world. Where the heck will the put them all??
Comments from author:
Captain America is awesome. He's one of my favorite heroes. I still get chills from his scene with Thanos in the Infinity Gauntlet story.

re: Superman not waking up and fixing everything for everybody instantly
He wouldn't have. Even if he'd woken up, he wouldn't have fixed everything instantly - it just would have gone from a curbstomp to a battle. That said, I had no plans to allow Superman to do so - I thought it was much more interesting for the Marvel group to have to deal with the threat on their own.

re: Skrull infestation
Yeah, that's going to be a problem.

re: refugees
The number of refugees is going to be another problem. No Earth government is going to particularly want such an absurdly high number of refugees showing up on their door. Currently thinking to have SWORD attempt to contact off-world allies for assistance. The Nova Corps, for one. ... which will also be a problem, given that the Annihilation Wave is due to hit Xandar in the near future. Also problematic, of course, will be the fact that a disproportionately high number of those refugees will be metahumans (mutants).
Review By [AllenPitt] • Date [23 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Scattered, Part II" from (Current Donor)Katrina
Review:
Wow! Just...

Wow!

Amazing good chapter.

Thank you.
Review By [(Current Donor)Katrina] • Date [23 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Scattered, Part I" from Letomo
Review:
Enjoyed this and the previous story so far, though I'm beginning to wonder if Kara doesn't have an additional power - to always be related to one of the most powerful groups in any universe she encounters! Just a thought.

>Yeah. Current plan is to evacuate as many people as possible to the Marvel-verse. SHIELD won't be terribly pleased. >Particularly when they learn that a large minority of said people are mutants (or, in DC terms, possess the meta-gene). But >that's a problem for later.

Huh. Shield may not like it, but the mutants likely would! Here's a bunch of still fertile m[eta/utant] gene bearing people. Have at it!
Comments from author:
Hahahaha
The Atlantis thing is a callback to Power Girl's actual history, though. In actual canon, after the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Power Girl completely believed that she was Atlantean for a very long time. She was "Kara of Atlantis."
Review By [Letomo] • Date [18 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Scattered, Part I" from (Recent Donor)nerfherder
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Whoa! Impressive! Taking on the Flashpoint! Keep up the fun work!
Review By [(Recent Donor)nerfherder] • Date [15 Nov 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Scattered, Part I" from draconis
Review:
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Have to agree with Oakheart's prior review for 'Scattered, Part 1'. Discordant just begins to describe things.

Unfortunately, I don't know much about the various spin-off/successor DC/Marvel comics, especially those that deal with the marginally lesser known characters, so it's more confusing than desired (to me).

Still, very good writing and I know it's a lot of work to maintain relative continuity over multiple realities/timelines. It's all too easy to slip up when writing such. Good job!
Review By [draconis] • Date [15 Nov 13] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Scattered, Part I" from Darkstrider
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I absolutely adore this story, but the Flashpoint was never something that I understood and now I admit I am horribly confused. I read through, but due to the number of different scenes and timelines you seem to be in, I have no idea what's going on.
Still, I'm delighted to see more of this fic and hope you write more soon!
Comments from author:
Would it help to give a time/location stamp for each scene?

Edit: there are two major time zones in the chapter. One is now, the other is the 31st century, which is where Irma wound up.
Review By [Darkstrider] • Date [15 Nov 13] • Rating [6 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Scattered, Part I" from SamDragon
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Doomsday, the bad thing is that that speed force punch won't work again.
You have to wonder what kind of morons would make something like that and even worse after seeing it at work try to use it again.
Review By [SamDragon] • Date [15 Nov 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Scattered, Part I" from AllenPitt
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yeah, the DC power levels are just insane sometimes. You have to get seriously up into Galactus area before seeing matches for that in Marvel-verse.
Maybe Herald of Galactus.
What a mess. So...the goal is to restore the 'proper' timeline while saving as many as possible from this one. Then...taking them where? Maybe back to the Marvel-verse?
Comments from author:
Yeah. Current plan is to evacuate as many people as possible to the Marvel-verse. SHIELD won't be terribly pleased. Particularly when they learn that a large minority of said people are mutants (or, in DC terms, possess the meta-gene). But that's a problem for later.
Review By [AllenPitt] • Date [14 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Scattered, Part I" from Oakheart
Review:
Excellent job of conveying the discordant chaos everyone is trying to get a handle on!
Further, I appreciate the 'equal time' you've given to Marvel and DC denizens - too
often an author has an 'ear' for one, but not the other.

Very Cool Story, looking forward to more.

SD
Comments from author:
Thanks very much. I'm glad you're enjoying the story!

It's good to know that I'm having at least some success in giving the characters 'equal time,' since that's been something I've been trying very hard to achieve. I know it would be easier to go all-Marvel, but I like both universes, and I want to give them both their due.
Review By [Oakheart] • Date [14 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Scattered, Part I" from SAK
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Is the God World being Asgard, cannon in the DC verse or is this just your own interruption of it?

Please update again as soon as possible.
Comments from author:
"Is the God World being Asgard canon in the DC verse?"

Kind of. Canon in the DC verse is a bit of a mess. At the very least, Kirby's original intent for God World appears to have been that it was Asgard. I can't recall if this was ever retconned later or not. If it has been, then I blame Hypertime.
Review By [SAK] • Date [14 Nov 13] • Not Rated
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