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Review of chapter "Chapter 14" from (Current Donor)RngrThorne
Review:
Like a trainwreck. Good description. Except this is in a good way. Can't stop reading. And no one's car is getting squished.
Comments from author:
*stares at Emma's chest*
Review By [(Current Donor)RngrThorne] • Date [18 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from scottm
Review:
Great job on your continuing updates to this fic. Is Willow still gay in this fic? If so, when does she come out and start dating girls? Like what you've done with the new and improved Xander. He never got his proper appreciation on the show, in my humble opinion. Still trying to get the site to email me when you post updates to this. I have gotten them for Seasons of Change, but not Blue Belle. Any thoughts? I really enjoy your writing.
Comments from author:
Willow is Willow for now. I'm not thinking in terms of what gender the person she ends up with is so much as WHO the person she ends up with is, so I'm hesitant to label her. As for the tracking, not entirely sure to be honest. I use an RSS feed to track when stuff I follow updates instead of relying on the emails.
Review By [scottm] • Date [14 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from Orchamus
Review:
Huh, interesting twist at the end there. Kinda unsure as to what Willow did, whether teleporting or speed, but cool.
Comments from author:
Not teleporting, nor 'superspeed' in the classical superhuman sense, but Wolverine can move at a decent clip when he needs to and Laura (and Willow) are sleeker and faster.
Review By [Orchamus] • Date [13 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from (Recent Donor)Deamondeathstone
Review:
I have to say that it's a smoother read then the 2010 version, less Willow based angst too, which makes me happy.

So are you still going with the X-23/Initiative thing? It struck me as a bit wrong, what with the them showing up in season 4 as a new unexperienced organization and Halloween taking place in season 2. Sure they're probably building the base, but the earliest I'd think them showing up believably would be around mid season three, IMHO.

And I'm kinda hoping for Lorna and Xander/Michelle to get along better then in the first one, even if Lorna only does it to piss Mystique off.

All in all a great improvement on an already great fic.
Comments from author:
The TD Garden in Boston, where the Bruins and Celtics play, was built in 27 months. That's considered quick by construction standards. The Initiative was not an overnight move-in. That facility was massive, completely underground in an earthquake-prone region, and built under a major state university without anyone being the wiser. Chances are, it was already under construction before Buffy met Merrick.
Review By [(Recent Donor)Deamondeathstone] • Date [12 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from Meneldur
Review:
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
Review:
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
Review:
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
Review:
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.

Buffy...yeah...wow. 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
Review:
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
Review:
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.

-J-
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
Review:
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
Review:
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
Review:
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
Review:
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
Review:
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]
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