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Review of chapter "After the Prom Is Over" from batzulger
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I wish it had been Laura Mars (How many John Carpenter written but not directed screenplays are there after all?), but she was more into shock fashion than actual journalism.
Comments from author:
A fashion photographer wouldn't really work well with Alex's interests. And I couldn't figure out how to use Laura's power once a certain serial killer was dead.
Review By [batzulger] • Date [2 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "After the Prom Is Over" from HMaxMarius
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Dunno about that pipe to the roof being used very often, or even only in extreme emergency... After-all, she's a block from the White House... someone would /definitely/ notice, nighttime or not. And yeah, boring that hole and keeping it secret kinda falls under the same category... good thing it was a DHS op to do it.
Comments from author:
Well, Corcoran is a block or so from the White House. Her new apartment is blocks north of that, on the other side of the Metro line.
Review By [HMaxMarius] • Date [2 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "After the Prom Is Over" from fanreaderonetwo
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I was just imagining the career problems for a famous photojournalist who managed to _simultaneously_ piss off the govs of the US, Britain, Italy, Japan, Korea, Finland and Russia, and Terawatt fans everywhere.
He suddenly appears on the DHS no-fly list, finds it impossible to get visas to those countries, and maybe others, and routinely has hassles with the IRS, police and customs _everywhere_ he goes.
Then he is now radioactive toxic waste to many or most newspapers and magazines he is used to selling to.

This is ignoring what "interesting" things could happen electronically (work photos, money, and credit rating disappearing and kiddy porn appearing, etc) and assuming that he wasn't go to have every bone in his body broken or mysteriously disappear forever or be killed.
Comments from author:
I would really not want to have Willow Rosenberg mad at me. Forget the entire country of South Korea. Willow Rosenberg!
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [2 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "After the Prom Is Over" from Dragan
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AN/2 Yeah that would be awkward.

Now comes the REALLY hard part. Selling the deal to Shar!

Speaking of the Con Photographs, will that be a timeline issue? (unofficial meting of Alex vs the public meeting of AL Mack)

Hmm it might be an idea to make sure the Cos-play outfits are moved to her house as well, possibly with a couple of Variations on the Terrawatt costume (High-cut, keyhole, etc) keeping the original hidden in the compartment in-case someone gets suspicious and searches the residence.
Comments from author:
I actually remember reading that issue of Jimmy Olsen and not thinking twice about the underlying issues. It was pointed out to me years later, and I wondered what the heck those writers were thinking. Then I found out that Jimmy Olsen put on women's clothing in several other issues. And nobody threw a hissy about it. Okay, maybe it just wasn't as weird as a lot of the issues of Jimmy Olsen.

And Alex is going to deal with her need for a uniform hiding place at home.
Review By [Dragan] • Date [2 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "After the Prom Is Over" from Marcel
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Just wanted to let you know - I love it when I refresh the "latest" page and this story shows up :)
Comments from author:
:D I do try to stick to my publishing schedule.
Review By [Marcel] • Date [2 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "After the Prom Is Over" from SirLee
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Hmmm... Did Guido Crepax's Valentina make any of the early lists? She's a photographer (ok, a _fashion_ photographer) with a knack for getting herself into trouble AND a superhero boyfriend/fiancé/husband...
Oh well, she's Italian, so it probably wouldn't make any sense. But perhaps she can show up as a cameo (visiting lecturer at Corcoran or somesuch) in a future chapter/sequel...
Comments from author:
Sorry, she didn't make my lists at all, because she's someone I didn't know about. I try not to be too ethnocentric, but I really don't check out a lot of fiction that isn't in English, because my French and Spanish and German and Hebrew are just not good enough. I have read some classics in the original languages for classes, but I was in college so long ago that I had my first grad degree before the Alvarez hypothesis even came out.
Review By [SirLee] • Date [2 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "After the Prom Is Over" from VillageOrchid
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Good one.
Comments from author:
:D Thanks.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [2 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "After the Prom Is Over" from Harry
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Well, Alex has a good mentor for the college who has NO PROBLEM working with Jack on the situations that Alex will have to deal with. And I agree totally with what Willow and Jack did for the apartment. GAO authorized furniture? BRAACK! Willow did the right thing for setting it up. And Jack was very good at explaining why they had to set it up the way that they did. Time for A. L. Mack to get ready for College!
Comments from author:
It is the summer before her frosh year. She should start thinking about that kind of stuff.
Review By [Harry] • Date [2 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "After the Prom Is Over" from AmberDragon
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I know that an earlier chapter established that Alex's silvery form wouldn't absorb the oogly booglies from whatever she's carrying around, but this DC water system pathogen stuff has me worried because 1) you totally Chehkov's gun /everything/, and 2) I just realized they did that test with Diet Coke which is Alex's favorite soda so she might have had standing levels of whatever they were measuring in her blood already. You know, this is a pretty enjoyable form of paranoia you're invoking over here. :)
Comments from author:
Yeah, that DC water pathogen stuff is real. Alex is not the only person who should be concerned with that. Pretty much every major city on Earth with really old sewer and runoff systems has some pretty disgusting civil engineering problems. Maybe even Sunnydale. :D
Review By [AmberDragon] • Date [2 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Prom" from Markelo
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Andrew 's the guy from that show that had a boy who got zapped by a laser gun that his neighbor had made and it gave him superpowers.
Comments from author:
Yes. Only in the Alexverse, he has more of a Barry Allen/Tsurara origin, where he gets zapped by an energy beam as he falls into a storage shelf of chemicals.
Review By [Markelo] • Date [1 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Return" from Zeviz
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"Umm, that wasn't too cynical, was it? :D"

Maybe just a little excessive. :P (Although there probably would be tons of modern day snake oil salesmen promising instant results, including some on Kickstarter. Something I should consider in my story. For that matter, more fan-fanfic ideas if somebody wants to pick them up. :) )

I am actually thinking of a legitimate biotech startup. (And I will try to address the likelihood of lawsuits, difficulties in obtaining venture funding, etc.) And it's good to know that there are official toxic waste sites in the area, because this will give my characters a place to start, rather than trying to find unknown contamination in an unknown location.

EDIT: Phase? Now I wonder what Teraverse equivalents of Whateley characters would be like.
Comments from author:
Feel free to mention the weird venture capitalists, like the fifteen year old black-haired hottie who acted like she owned the Eastern Seaboard already but was probably conning them. Because... fifteen? :D
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [1 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from Zeviz
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Thanks for the information.

So it sounds like between knowing that Terawatt started out at Paradise Valley, the city had way more than its fair share of supervillain attacks, there was a huge scandal around GC161 shortly before the attacks started, and there is a suspicious lack of whitepapers from PVC, it wouldn't take a genius to figure out GC161's side effects, but it would take a genius (and a lot of looking for toxic waste in the area) to even try to recreate it.

Now that I think about it, did the Japanese superhero's coworkers ever compile a full list of the chemicals in the storage racks she got thrown into? (It wouldn't be nearly enough to recreate the effect, but it would give people a place to start.)

PS My idea is for a biotech startup to try to create a "superhero serum". The "take this miracle drug and you have a chance to become as powerful as Terawatt"* kind of thing.

* There is absolutely no warranty. Manufacturer is not responsible for any side effects. The included experimental antidote is provided as a courtesy only and not guaranteed to remove undesirable results. Any disputes with the manufacturer must be settled by binding arbitration in our home jurisdiction of Cayman Islands. Do not use the product if its use would break your local laws. Do not ship to locations where its use would break local laws. Manufacturer is not responsible for actions of or claims made by unauthorized resellers.
Comments from author:
[1] People are probably guessing there might be a connection between Paradise Valley and supervillain attacks, but the connect might be Danielle Atron, rather than the GC-161. Swiping toxic waste from the Paradise Valley area would be an *excellent* start.

[2] They would have a complete list of all chemicals ordered and kept in stock. Logistics rule!

[3] A superhero serum. Hmm... Kickstarter! It's at least as good as some of the stuff on Kickstarter right now! I think it is widely known that the North Koreans were buying teratogenic chemicals and radium, even if no one knows which chemicals. Some of the stuff from Dr. Deemer is in published papers, even if the 'get really gigantic if you're not a mammal' serum would not have been in anything published. So just go with Kickstarter. Then have all kinds of incentives and bonuses. "If you chip in more than $50 you will get our four-serum superpack and a quart of each!" Step 2: under a separate business name, you 'clean up' toxic waste sites by vacuuming up the loose liquids, then that's what you ship out to your Kickstarter funders. Step 3: PROFIT! Your cost: some shopvacs and lots of empty bottles and mailing costs (business class). Your gross: hundreds of thousands of bucks off Kickstarter plus millions in toxic waste cleanup funds, minus several hundred in costs.

Umm, that wasn't too cynical, was it? :D
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [31 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Prom" from Starfox
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Good chapter. I kept expecting some emergency to interrupt the prom.
Comments from author:
Alex did too. But remember that Jack has deliberately declared Alex off-limits for an evening, like at Homecoming.
Review By [Starfox] • Date [31 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Prom" from DieselDriver
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Nope. Not a clue who the crossovers will be.

I wish I had Alex's problem with food. Bleh. On the other hand, she'd starve to death on what I can maintain my weight on in terms of calories. Advantages and disadvantages to everything. It's all a big compromise. Except, why couldn't my compromise have included a better memory???
Comments from author:
I'm not sure I'd wish Alex's food problem on anyone. It makes it nearly impossible for her to pose as a normal person Alex is doing anything away from her support. She's going to spend her college years saying 'yeah, this much food? My boyfriend's a great big college basketball player and he and his friends are always eating me out of house and home.'

Response? "Okay. That'll be $345.79 and we don't take checks."
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [31 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Prom" from Magi
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Diane: :D If you re-read the little teaser, you should find another clue, telling you which story it is.

Given the "crazy fundamentalist lady" you mentioned, I bet on Carrie. Thought maybe The Mist, but wrong town.
Comments from author:
Yes, the crazy fundamentalist lady. But you can call her Mrs. White.
Review By [Magi] • Date [31 Jul 14] • Not Rated
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