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Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from Meneldur
Nice chapter. Basically a rehashing of the old stuff, but once again, it flows a lot better. Maybe because you changed some of the participating characters, or maybe because the characters are a bit different. Probably both. Cordelia was a bit more bitchy, but since she was talking to less sensitive people, it made for more fun, and Ivette's retorts also helped. Actually, the entire chapter seemed to have more humor, what with Rachel and Betsy. I loved their conversation/banter.
Okay, so Willow not castrating anybody is kind of sad (though we may yet see it), but the way she smacked Betsy around was almost as good. Lastly "Cheerleaders don’t belong in hockey" - Immediate association is: "There's no crying in Baseball!"

EDIT: Actually... it seems that the best candidate for castration this time is Scott, since he's the only one Willow is fighting, and Julian and Remy seem to be smart enough to keep out of the way so far. Anyway, if this is up for a vote, I definitely want him to be castrated.
Comments from author:
Well, Emma is from Boston. The chances of her NOT being a sports fan are slim. Even the rich and famous from the area are Sox and Bruins fans. And... well, hockey survived for how long without cheerleaders? I'm all in favor of half-naked skanks in most situations, and even I think hockey cheerleaders are weird.
Review By [Meneldur] • Date [11 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from Toraneko
Another excellent chapter, attached to an exceptional story. Keep up the good work.
Comments from author:
I'm gonna keep on keepin' on.
Review By [Toraneko] • Date [11 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from BronzeBaboon
Okay, yeah, Betsy's a pip. 'Where can I hide a dead body?' Hehehe. I'd feel bad for Julian...but well, I read New X-Men, I've read both this fic and it's original version. And, I believe I can fairly say Julian's a prick. He has a few redeeming qualities, but most of the time? He makes Draco Malfoy of Harry Potter fame look like sedate and well mannered by comparison. So yeah, knife 'em any which way? I really can't bring myself to feel for him.

'Poe' really is a good nickname for this Willow though, seems to fit her fairly well. Probably'd even serve as a fairly good 'Field name' if she finds herself in need of one. And yeah, I can honestly say, I've never seen outside of your fics, a fic with Willow as Logan or Vic's kid. So you've pretty much got the monopoly on Feral-Wills.

And we're starting to see some of the rolling changes from having Michelle out herself earlier in this version, and doing so so publicly. Interesting. And I've gotta wonder both with her shift in appearance towards the end of the chapter when Scott attacks, and Cordelia's 'minion' comment to the other three if any odd assumptions might come of it.

And speaking of Scott's attack, with John gone with this version, Julian and Remy still safely (so far, it seems) staying out where Michelle left them. I'm left disturbingly curious if Scott will be filling Johns 'Role' in the previous version. If so, might I say 'Ouch!'.
Comments from author:
The hiding body thing is actually an infamous Easter egg within Siri that was publicized within an hour or two of the release of the iPhone 4S. I've tried it myself; it actually is localized and not just an elaborate script being pulled from somewhere.

Willow's powers (back when I started this in '10), I wanted to be unique. There was the winknod to Family Tree back in Chapter 07 with Willow commenting that as the token Jew, she should be related to Magneto and have powers and a pointy staff with metal wire around it. Lucinda and I have collaborated in the past; Alazcia from one or two of her fics will be returning to her homeland and popping up in this story.

And no, no castration. Catfight, though.
Review By [BronzeBaboon] • Date [11 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 12" from BronzeBaboon
Nicely done, I like the change up here, going more for Psychics with the Xavier team, indicating their actual intent of fulfilling the 'request' to help with the 'shielding problem' for the 'empath' (that doesn't exist). Betsy seems fun, hard to get a bead on her intelligence though. Spent most of the time reading her part trying to figure out if it was an act, partially, wholly, or if she's really like that. Eh, she's fun any which way.

Rachel's becoming an interesting little bit, love how she basically sticks her head up in the scene to say 'I cannot divulge whether or not this is important' without any real prompting. Gotta love Jean's thoughts on her too. Ya know, I'd be a bit offended by her portrayal there, but for the fact that's pretty much canon Buffy from season two. At least when she was pushing people away. Swear sometimes that girl had more issues then marvel comics has put out in it's seventy three years of publishing.
Comments from author:
Well, I realized that with this falling into the post-X1, pre-X2 gap? Jean's powers are unstable. That's the root of Emma's superiority: Jean has greater overall power but because it's in flux, her control is shit. So bringing along teen telepaths helps cover Jean's ass in that if she's having an off day and there IS an empath, they're still useful.

Buffy... people need to get past their fanon perception of her for one, and for another realize the viewpoint of this story. I've gotten some people complaining and it's like... Cordelia hated Buffy for the longest time and eventually lapsed into grudging acceptance and respect. They were never really friends. This takes place in the former era. Of course Cordelia isn't going to behave pleasantly towards Buffy, nor are her minions, nor will she let said minions go be friends with Buffy on the side.
Review By [BronzeBaboon] • Date [11 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from dwnstr
my contribution to breaking into the top 25 :)

...anyways, whats with Ivette? Did Marvel change the names of the 5(3)in1(Emma's daughter/clones) when I wasn't looking?

Not that it matters, I'm just curious.
Comments from author:
Actually, it's a case of "well fuck, they stole my idea". Originally, the Five-in-One were supposed to spell out SPICE. Before Morrison could name the fifth Cuckoo on-page, he left the book and the next writer turned her into Mindee, his puppet for all things Cuckoo-related. Recently, Fraction (a fan of Morrison's) decided to resurrect that and for some reason yet to be explained, had Mindee abruptly reveal her name is ACTUALLY Irma, taking the group from SPMCE to SPICE as Morrison intended. I began using Ivette for a similar reason several YEARS before Fraction replaced Mindee with Irma, and I feel it actually fits the naming pattern better: it ends with an E like the others, while keeping the SPICE pattern.
Review By [dwnstr] • Date [11 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from shazamfan
Great chapter. I liked the part with Michelle morphing into a Frost and taunting Ivette. Her using her powers more and the open way she and Cordy display their mutant nature is a very nice twist on this revamp.

Great little line with the 'Cordelia's minion' snark. Those little moments are gems.

Comments from author:
Handful more chapters until Cordelia's completely out of the closet. Then the real fun begins.
Review By [shazamfan] • Date [11 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from rahf
More great work, from you Joe. I liked the MIchelle Frost bit. Almost wished there was a better description of Ivette's reaction.
I hope to see an update asap, this is my favorite story out of all your works published here.
Comments from author:
There won't be a final-final copy of this until I get to Chapter 37 and merge it with the original, so I can always take that advice and incorporate a small tweak into the HTML file that will eventually overwrite all the current chapters to bring in the latest spelling/grammar fixes and such. :)
Review By [rahf] • Date [10 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from BaileyMatutine
I'm offended at the thought that manly men can't give manly hugs of manly emotion.
Comments from author:
We should hug it out.
Review By [BaileyMatutine] • Date [10 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from (Recent Donor)tammin
I liked the changes and additions you made to this chapter. Willow's exposition during the dance with Jullian was a nice touch that foreshadowed her changing sexuality. I also liked that you pared down the student list coming from Westchester, as I didn't need to see Juliblee's original technicolor explosive yawn. I can't wait to see the battle and the aftermath.
Comments from author:
Well, to be fair, it merely states she's not into Julian... and then Remy. We don't know what her 'type' is in this universe, or what gender she prefers. Assuming she's not bisexual and accepting of partners of either gender. I mean, she did reject the idea of pursuing Michelle due to femaleness (among other things) earlier in the story...
Review By [(Recent Donor)tammin] • Date [10 Jul 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from skychan
Gooooo Scott!

Oh wait I hate that guy, no wonder I enjoy stories that portray him as an utter asshole, an idiot or just plain unlikeable. Of course your first reaction to someone saying "Hi I need your help" is attack them. Especially if they are a powerful villian who might just possibly be switching sides or making amends. Because you know if they intend you harm and are masters of disguise they would drop it if they wanted to immediately hurt you...
Comments from author:
Look at some of the shit he's pulled in the last few years in canon...
Review By [skychan] • Date [10 Jul 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from Markelo
Yep, Scott's still a stupid-ass in this story. LOL
Comments from author:
Someone's gotta make the other idiots look smarter.
Review By [Markelo] • Date [10 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from Jimbobob
I enjoy the scenes altered by the presences of Betsy and Rachel. I enjoy them far more than the previous versions. Better characters in my opinion.

Fun chapter.
Comments from author:
Betsy, you can do a lot with owing to her extensive history in the comics and many reinventions. Rae... possibly an INO here but given that she is pretty much the embodiment of branching alternate reality theory, you can get away with that. A butterfly flaps its wings and Rachel turns out different in your universe.
Review By [Jimbobob] • Date [10 Jul 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from Jaylynn
I guess I can understand being prepared but scott is still kind of quick to attack. Maybe this time he will learn to take in everything going on before attacking.
Comments from author:
Perhaps he was suffering from premature emanations? :)
Review By [Jaylynn] • Date [10 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 12" from skychan
The line on breeding is just as good as ever. Absolutely splendid and I always enjoy your depictions of Emma.
I'm not too sad at your slower pace. Given my schedule for reading and the fact I generally transfer story to nook, to work, to read, review to nook and back to home before having a chance to send you a review builds in a certain amount of delay in my responses.
I am of course quite happy to see more of Emma's daughters. I think they don't get enough attention to them. It really is a shame that more people don't use them more often. What I'm interested in is that Emma didn't use the request from Xavier to extort him to do something she wanted to do anyway, without then having to deal with a second team wandering around town and interfering with whatever it is she wanted to get done. That and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all shakes out.
Comments from author:
Emma does have an egotistical, showy quality to her. It could be as simple (in-universe) as her wanting an audience for her triumphant recruiting run that nets them Cordelia and possibly one or more other mutants.

...from an author/reader perspective? I couldn't see Emma working with one of the other teachers nor could she get away with bringing a small army of teens. So two teams gets me more adult and teen feet on the ground in Sunnydale.
Review By [skychan] • Date [10 Jul 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from CrystalBlaze
I hope she rips him a new one (or more).
Comments from author:
Well, as Rae points out next chapter, they're the bone claws. Willow can execute stabbing and superficial scrape/slice attacks, but she's no Wolverine/X-23.

Review By [CrystalBlaze] • Date [10 Jul 12] • Not Rated
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