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Review of chapter "Across the Rainbow Bridge, Part III" from Jimbobob
Review:
Very fun story so far.
Review By [Jimbobob] • Date [4 Oct 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Across the Rainbow Bridge, Part III" from (Past Donor)sopchoppy
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This story is a clusterf#*k of awesome, looking forward to more.
Review By [(Past Donor)sopchoppy] • Date [1 Oct 13] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Across the Rainbow Bridge, Part III" from Chikageko
Review:
Umm...doesn't this mean that history is already fucked up the ass? I mean Bruce is dead and his father is playing the bat. That right there changes almost EVERYTHING.

Edit 1: The thing with Grodd doesn't sound so bad. Affrica's got a history of selling themselves into slavery that's been recorded for over 8 thousand years and their current situation with the ubiquitous bloodgangs and warlords hasn't really helped anything. Something needed to rock the boat.
Comments from author:
History is indeed extremely fucked in the world of Flashpoint, and it's much worse than just 'Bruce is dead.'

Everything Bruce did never happened. The Joker is Martha Wayne. Hal Jordan was never Green Lantern. There was never a Flash (until just now - Barry still has his memories from the original timeline). Atlantis and Themyscira are at war. Kal El grew up in a government lab. Krypto and Supergirl both died at the hands of their captors. Grodd has killed 50% of the population of Africa. Alaska is overrun by cold-resistant zombies, and they're swarming towards Canada. The United States has been at 'post 9-11' levels of paranoia and suspicion since Kal El's rocket crashed into Metropolis, killing 35,000 people. Most of South America is under Nazi occupation. Most of Europe was destroyed by Atlantean attacks against the former United Kingdom (now New Themyscira): mega-tsunamis are indiscriminate. Oh, and at least 17% of the known universe has fallen to the Black Lanterns, with no hope of victory coming.
Review By [Chikageko] • Date [1 Oct 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Across the Rainbow Bridge, Part III" from SamDragon
Review:
Flash knowing what is going on might just be enough to save that reality, maybe.
Review By [SamDragon] • Date [16 Aug 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Across the Rainbow Bridge, Part III" from SapphireSparks
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I've liked your writing since I read Reflections of Ruin about five years ago. I was very pleased to see this updating again after the long gap following the warsong chapter. I even liked this story enough that it got me to finally break down and read Flashpoint. So, I have you to blame for that... :P

I have to admit I was shocked at how bad Flashpoint turned out to be. I go into any summer comic crossover event expecting the side stories to suck, but I was unprepared for how bad the core story was. I normally like the works of Geoff Johns too. If ever there was a comic event that needed fix fics, it is Flashpoint. I found the Kid Flash storyline especially terrible, and I'm hoping you come up with a good fix for that.

The only major problem I have with this story is that the characters having read the source material probably have a bit too much knowledge of the secrets of the universe. While as a literary conceit that can work, otherwise no one would read SI fics, it needs a degree of in-story justification of why the characters aren't taking the "simple" solution. Just as an example, even a casual reading of Final Crisis gives the secret of the location of The Monitor. Nix Freakin' Uotan, The Judge of All Evil, Who With The Word "Taru" Can Summon The Forever People of The 5th World (who are awesome and deserve a cameo). Awaking him pretty much solves all the problems in the story. Similarly, Karen probably has a truly dangerous knowledge of The Endless. I can think of a few more that would be as bad, but that's the point. People who have read DC comics are aware of some of the more arcane aspects of that universe's cosmology. Invoking anything like that would derail the story, but it needs a little bit of justification of why the cast isn't considering it.

I'm also a little concerned about the idea of Pandora being set up as a major villain for this. If for no other reason than she lacks credibility as a cosmic level threat based on what we've seen of her in the new52 (and OMG is that "Trinity of Sin" concept stupid). Based on that power level it feels like Flashpoint's Dr. Bat-Fate should be able to not only beat her up, but also shake her down for lunch money on a daily basis, especially when teamed up with a Phoenix. Speaking of...

The only other complaint I had was that only Irma of the Three-In-One showing up to Asgard felt a little jarring. I don't think Celeste and Phoebe should have come, so much as it felt odd that there wasn't any explanation for why it was only her.

On a related note, what cosmology for the Phoenix are you going with? The Original/Morrison era idea of being the Phoenix as more of a state of advanced metaphysical being? Or the idea used the rest of the time with the Phoenix as a possessor entity that comes with a cosmic level power up? The scene where Scott gives an infodump on the Phoenix was good, but it really only served as a basic overview without giving much indication of what direction you were planning to take it.

The last thing I wanted to ask about is the Milestone-verse. I know Flashpoint didn't really touch on it, but the DC/Milestone merger happened a while before Flashpoint. Are you going to be bringing in any of that continuity?

Anyway, I'm really loving this story and hoping for a quick update.
Comments from author:
Hey, glad you're enjoying the story.

re: comic book knowledge
The situation isn't quite as bad as it might seem. In this story, Xander likes comic books, yes. But in this story, while he's a nerd, he doesn't have encyclopedic knowledge of all things DC. His level of comic book knowledge is less, "In Action Comics issue #374, page 12, it clearly states..." and more, "I'm familiar with the general outline of comic book history. I know what the Green Lantern Corps are, and what they do. Bruce Wayne is Batman. Superman is Clark Kent. I'm familiar with the Justice League, and I know that starfish aliens are bad. There are different kinds of kryptonite, but I'm a little fuzzy on what they all do." As a general rule, the more obscure the fact, the less likely Karen is to know it. Knowing all about Superman and Batman and Wonder Woman? Absolutely. Knowing all about the Endless? Not so much.

As far as the comics they brought with them in the backpack go, those consist of the entire Flashpoint series and all of its tie-ins, those issues of the New 52 that happened to interest Xander enough for him to buy, and a handful of other issues of Superman comics that got mixed in by mistake. Karen will have dangerous knowledge, to be sure, but she's not going to be able to remember the secret location of the Monitor off the top of her head.

re: Pandora - I don't disagree.

re: Three-in-One - I'm actually addressing that in a flashback at the beginning of the next chapter.
Review By [SapphireSparks] • Date [28 Jul 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Across the Rainbow Bridge, Part III" from Morgomir
Review:
Another great chapter. Keep up the good work.
Review By [Morgomir] • Date [27 Jul 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Across the Rainbow Bridge, Part III" from (Recent Donor)nerfherder
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Da-amn! You really know how to screw with them! This story is gonna snowball soon, so plot carefully! Cannot wait to see how you get out of the corner you are painting yourself into!
Review By [(Recent Donor)nerfherder] • Date [26 Jul 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Across the Rainbow Bridge, Part III" from lunalurker
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There this story goes, making me squee like a fangirl again. And I'm not even that much of a fan of Detective Comics Comics. :)

I must have missed that costume description detail before though, as I'm kind of surprised that Karen has a cleavage window in her uniform. She isn't exactly overflowing with the aggressive confidence that Power Girl seems to roll with most of the time, to put it mildly.
Can't wait for more, and thanks for writing!
Comments from author:
Karen's costume is basically the Power Girl equivalent of the Dark Supergirl costume, and yeah, she's not crazy about it. The only reason she's wearing it: Power Girl gave it to her. All other things being equal, she'd actually prefer to be wearing the much more modest black and gold New X-Men costume.
Review By [lunalurker] • Date [25 Jul 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Across the Rainbow Bridge, Part III" from CageFire
Review:
Great new chapter, keep up the excellent work. :)
Review By [CageFire] • Date [24 Jul 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Across the Rainbow Bridge, Part III" from Mediancat
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Mxyzptlk? Cool.

Rob
Review By [Mediancat] • Date [23 Jul 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Across the Rainbow Bridge, Part III" from Kaosreign
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What was the name of that woman who wants to fuse the universes? Pandora? Anyway, is she like uner powerful that not even the Specter or Phantom Stranger could face her? I ask because what chance do the Marvel heroes have against her if she is that strong, I mean it sounds like you need a Cosmic Entity to take her on like Galactus, Infinity or heck the Living Tribunal.

Good chapter though, really rooting for you to fix that mess that is Flashpoint, especially for the sake of Lois who now remembers as well as the Marvel Kids, that thing where their murdered just wasn't right.
Comments from author:
Yes, her name was Pandora. As far as the chances the Marvel heroes have against her, while yes, Pandora has claimed that her power is above the power of the Spectre and the Phantom Stranger, that doesn't necessarily mean she's telling the truth, or that there aren't special circumstances involved in that claim. Furthermore, at least two cosmic entities HAVE taken an interest in what's going on: Oblivion and Mr. Mxyzptlk, one of which has already intervened to some extent (Mxyzptlk has some connection with the Buffyverse god Janus, which was mentioned much earlier in the story).
Review By [Kaosreign] • Date [23 Jul 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Across the Rainbow Bridge, Part III" from djhardim
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So, they're going to stop "New 52"? Sounds good to me.

If I had been Barry, I would have done something about the doctor that originally delivered the Allen twins. Rather than being switched with the Thawe child, the brothers would have grown up together.
Review By [djhardim] • Date [23 Jul 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Across the Rainbow Bridge, Part III" from Dusel
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The Annihilation Wave is begging it's consumption of space finally! Species will disappear, empires will fall, worlds will be consumed and Gods will die, it's funny how even B and C level characters become total badasses once you chuck them into space, sadly they have to be downgraded once they return to Earth. Heh.

And what is this? Mr. Myxlplyx bringing Karen to what? The White Hot Room? And what does Oblivion have in mind? I know that with the end of Abnett and Lannings tenure in Cosmic Marvel a lot of plot lines were left unresolved like in Nova and the abandoned Shi'ar Centurion but more importantly with Oblivions game of Life vs Death. Chaos War wasn't simply it, I believe he had a bigger plan, maybe this is what you're trying to elaborate upon? Imagine if one of the Power Twins becomes the Avatar of Death! They'll have to buff up Drax to his Hulk levels to fight that!
Review By [Dusel] • Date [23 Jul 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Across the Rainbow Bridge, Part III" from (Recent Donor)tammin
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Ok, I'm really liking this foray into the FlashPoint crisis. I am looking forward to the changes that show up due to Kara's and Karen's involvement. Flashpoint had its good points and its bad points, I'm seriously anticipating reading where this all goes.
Review By [(Recent Donor)tammin] • Date [23 Jul 13] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Across the Rainbow Bridge, Part III" from AllenPitt
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Geeking out over meeting Lois Lane was quite funny, thanks for that. At least attempting to salvage the people in this timeline instead of just writing them off... that's what heroes are supposed to do. Not sure where they'd all go, though.
Glad to see Captain A. having a talk with Tony. It's not just that Karen has super powers and could cause a lot of damage if she lost her temper with him.... it's just not right to keep doing that to her.
Review By [AllenPitt] • Date [23 Jul 13] • Not Rated
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