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Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
Review:
"dcarson

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In one of the Helm books he kills a FBI agent. Helm had been ordered to help a scientist defect "no matter what it takes" because he had wrong data that would hurt a Chinese program. Helm's boss asked them if they were sure they wanted to give that order. They did and when the FBI agent caught them Helm killed him. In backstory during the war when he was part of a similar military unit he killed one of his team that was too wounded to keep up.

You really don't want to tell him at all costs unless you mean it.

Comments from author:

Helm is not a nice guy at all. Of course it costs him his wife and kids, and stuff like that."

*****

Killing those you have to leave behind is a common RL trope (saving the last bullet for yourself), because you know that they will die nastily and/or to prevent their being tortured into revealing critical info, or _after_ interrogation could be used as bait for future traps.

Being in a unit the wartime _Nazis_ referred to as the IIRC "Murd Grup" (murder group) do you think that its members could expect reasonable handling after capture? Would you rather eat your "L Pill" or being shot (or throat cut) by a friend rather than spending time screaming in a Gestapo "hospitality center"?

In Helm's groups WW2 and later (run by Mac) it would be part of the culture that if you couldn't escape you either killed yourself or one of your comrades took care of you.
Comments from author:
Being behind enemy lines as a spy with a cyanide pill is different from being in a military unit that's surrounded. Remember that the Nazis took enough military prisoners that there's an entire genre of 'escape from Nazi POW camp' fiction.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [6 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Half the Battle" from TiaC
Review:
So for a little while, this will be the longest story on the site. Congratulations!

When did Dani learn Terawatt's secret identity?
Comments from author:
I don't think that having the longest story on the site is as good as having the most reviews, because all of you have been awesome readers.

And Dani realized the truth once she had a chance to think about it without Danielle's arrogance interfering.
Review By [TiaC] • Date [6 Nov 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Half the Battle" from JamesBrown
Review:
ahh..fire and ice- a match made in heaven...
or at least a match made in thermodynamics.
They really are actually really quite well suited for each other,
not just the way their weaknesses cancel out each other,
but personalities as well.
He probably admires her strength and intelligence( not to mention she's cute )
and the Ronin is considered something of a romantic figure in Japan historical fiction
sora like the heroic wandering cowpoke in all the classic Westerns.
'The magnificent seven' is a oldWest remake of THE classic Japanese movie after all.
Gee, you'd almost think you planned it out on ahead of time.

And speaking of planning it out way,way ahead of time,
I frequently go back and reread and look for yet more 'guns' hidden in plain sight.
and about a month ago I noted to myself that there is a character
who hasn't reappeared yet who has an power which might prove critical in the endgame.
Specifically the toxic avenger has the Canon ability to 'detect evil' and we now have
at least two characters who have apparently done a 'face-heel turn'.
An enemy agent-( no, I was in deep cover all this time- I'm on your side,honest)
and a super villain- split into good and evil sides, one of whom was killed- hooray,good triumphs!
I mean, it's not like Danielle Atron ever played an upright citizen and businesswoman for years is it.
And it's not like you would pull the- we've killed the villain,we won!
-oh no it's still alive! look ou.......would you.

and I think I agree with SirLee that it may be less that Hannah smells like a sister
(although that's likely a large component),and more like she smells like 'mom'.
Although I'm wondering just how much human DNA there might be in those raptors.
they seem extremely intelligent with a disturbingly high comprehension of language.
( of course you could say that about macaws and parakeets )
Hopefully they won't actually have to nuke the place- there is too much to be studied here.




I'm going to be sad when this ends but I suppose I'll just have to look forward
to your next story, and once again thank you for entertaining us with all your hard work.
It is truly appreciated.
Comments from author:
Me? Plan stuff way out in advance? :D

Sorry, but next chapter is the wrap-up, then we have the epilogue, and finally the list of crossovers.
Review By [JamesBrown] • Date [5 Nov 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Half the Battle" from Senko
Review:
I find it interesting that after one, admittedly bad explosion Maggie has apparently decided the collective is not only going to lose but lose badly enough only members of the United Nations Superhero Taskforce is going to be around to pick her up.

I also agree with all the reviewers who feel victor and yuki make a cute couple, shame one or both of them are going to die here.
Comments from author:
I think Maggie knows all the anti-air and anti-missile systems are off-line, and at least two if not all four of the buildings are not going to survive intact.
Review By [Senko] • Date [5 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Half the Battle" from Hecatonchires
Review:
Apocalyptic visions O_O Fire and ash, giant blob, dinosaurs, personal epiphanies. Don't want this story to end :(
Comments from author:
Thanks. Unfortunately, we're on the last leg of the journey. Wrap-up on Saturday, epilogue next Wednesday, list of crossovers the Saturday after that.
Review By [Hecatonchires] • Date [5 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Half the Battle" from SirLee
Review:
You know, it just came to me...
we have been assuming that the raptors did not attack Hanna because they considered her a member of the pack...
and that comes because of her (alleged) raptor DNA...
and yes, she is known to have some odd DNA that is apparently from reptilian origin or something...

But we may be reading it wrong, or it's just not the entire story. If Hanna was made using Maggie's DNA, she may be, from a genetic standpoint, and depending on how much of Maggie's DNA remains in Hanna's cells, anything from "Maggie's great-grandaughter" to "genetically modified CLONE."

And, considering that Walsh herself was already product of genetic manipulation (and therefore with several desirable traits, such as superior intelligence), added to her own massive ego, I'm leaning in the direction of "genetically modified clone." That is, she may be even closer than a daughter, genetically, to Walsh.

Which means that Hanna might just smell very similar to Walsh herself. That is, the raptors didn't left her alone because she "smells like us;" they left her alone because she "smells like Mommy."

As for Walsh having obtained loyalty from the raptors, well, dinosaurs are related to birds; and "imprinting" is a well-known phenomenon among birds. It's not so much that she cared for the raptors like children, or puppies, or kittens; it's that she made sure to be present when they were born, so they imprinted on her. Fits her personality much better, don't you think?
Comments from author:
And Walsh believes she has some sort of control over all of her creations. She did something to make her dinos loyal.

Maybe she was kind to them too.
Review By [SirLee] • Date [5 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Half the Battle" from HMaxMarius
Review:
Yay! An Alexwing! :) (pages and pages and pages of reviews ago =D) Why do I imagine Bruce coming up with some type of collapsible frame she can pull out of her belt and TK together quickly for future scenarios? Maybe with a spandex covering that she can TK stiff.

Fire and Ice... Hot and cold running superheros! Go VIC! Ya know, it almost sounds like these two are on a date! ;)
"So, come here often?"
"Nah. Only when the world needs saving."

Awww Maggie's pets are loyal *sniffle*.
Comments from author:
I was thinking of a really easy collapsible frame. The one she uses as Alex when she wants a big silver reflector screen. It's been sitting in her camera bag, getting occasional use, for months.
Review By [HMaxMarius] • Date [5 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Half the Battle" from Vld
Review:
Strange... i'm starting to consider your Maggie the same way i consider Pammie... well, only a bit. I see Pammie not as a monster, but as one who has a different emotionnal interest than general people. Where other villains do things for fun or greed, she does it for love. Love of plants instead of humans... but love of plants still.

Maggie... well, she's a monster alright. Still, for the Raptors to show such sadness over her death, she must have still been able of... something. She must have treated them like real children. That ALMOST makes me sad she kicked the bucket. Almost.

The part about Tsu and Vic was cool (no pun intended) and pretty sweet. And i like the new Danielle. Sorry. Dani. Not much, mind you, but still a little bit. And hopefully you won't make her too likeable in the next one, because i doubt she will live long.
Comments from author:
Maggie does have emotions. They're just not like yours and mine.
Review By [Vld] • Date [5 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from texaswookie
Review:
Ding dong the witch is dead.
Comments from author:
:D :D She's not melting, though. However, she might make a lovely mid-afternoon snack for that T. rex.
Review By [texaswookie] • Date [5 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Half the Battle" from Dragan
Review:
Hopefully Dani isn't pulling a double-fake. I wonder how the Variant would effect Alex?
Comments from author:
Hey, let's find out!
Review By [Dragan] • Date [5 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Half the Battle" from Zeviz
Review:
Another great chapter.

As expected, Batman got a chance to show off that he is prepared for everything, including a giant blob-monster.

I didn't expect the fire-man/ice-woman pairing, but it makes perfect sense. (And it's even better than my idea of her freezing the morphed Orphans as a symmetry to Hermione's first action in this dimension at the start of the series.)

Walsh and her dinosaur pack scene was weird, but made sense. And yes, only a pack of her creations would mourn Maggie Walsh.

And the incongruity of Hanna's PoV is always amusing: "I hope a T-Rex will attack us, so I'll get to fight it armed with just bat-grapples. How fun!"

Replacing the evil Danielle with a good twin, who will want to help clean up her mess is a great idea, and a form of poetic justice. I guess as long nobody uses a divide-antidote on her she might even become a superhero.
Comments from author:
I have no idea what happens if you use the GC-Divide antidote on someone after one half of the split is dead. I'll ask Dr. Mack to check that out.
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [5 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Half the Battle" from AceDreamer
Review:
Very impressive story.

I'd strongly suspect Maggie Walsh of having at least one backup clone, with as effective a way as she can manage mental copy. Good places to hide these might be Antarctica, the Ural Mountains, and somewhere like the Tibetan Plateau. Another possibility is that she's taken the GC-161 research and combined it with her own to produce someone with latent powers who is a Manchurian Candidate version of her... Maybe with just enough of her to go somewhere to upload the rest of her mind...

Or, she's running as a distributed Midwich mind across the velociraptors. :)

(No, I don't believe that last one. :)


And, we never did get to meet Rodan...

(I thought Rodan might fit the 'Lost World' theme...)


I do like the 'Fire' and 'Ice' combo...

Will we get to see the Terawing properly developed? :)


Raiding all the databases in the Base of Doom looks like a worthwhile thing to do - Willow and co could be picking them over for months.

And I guess we want to see what happens to Cordelia and Cyphernut... Not to mention Buffy... And whether Bane and Catwoman survive... It might be interesting to have Tera chat to the local Selina, and tell her about her (more heroic) counterpart...

Looks as though the smart thing would be for our heroes to 'rescue' Dani - they could fudge her as an 'unexpected biological creation', who has had the Atron memories inflicted on her, without excessive levels of untruth. Interestingly, she would be the one with the 'goatee beard', as she's the opposite number, not the original.

Has Dani got it in her to be a hero? Or, would she dedicate herself to helping as many people as possible, focusing on those with GC-161 issues?

This has been a very impressive ride!

(Though, I understand some have speculated on whether your muse might, in future, poke you in an Ayla-wise direction :)
Comments from author:
Thanks. And I think that the Evil Duplicate variant for women is not a goatee or an eyepatch, but extremely skanky clothing, a la Kira Nerys and her alternate universe counterpart.

Does the alternate universe version of Nick Fury have two eyepatches? :D
Review By [AceDreamer] • Date [5 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Half the Battle" from Deadpan
Review:
Re: SirLee -- One of the things I noticed about this world a while back is that there is no Joker Immunity. A lot of super villains tend to die on the battlefield. Korea and India were super villain slaughterhouses. Albert Wesker won't be coming back for any sequels. If the local version of the Joker pops up, he won't have Joker Immunity either. Some heroes like Terawatt and Batman may have personal rules against killing, but they are working alongside plenty of military people who treat this sort of thing as a form of counter-terrorism, not conventional law enforcement, and certainly not the sometimes silly cops-and-robbers routine of the comics.

Diane? "I've been stalling just for this moment?" As someone with an Aerospace Engineering degree, I don't know whether to applaud or boo you. Either way, I still hear the Pacific Rim theme in my head whenever Terawatt pulls off a new stunt.

Finally, I don't know if releasing the blob was a deliberate "you're going down with us" move or just a result of all the Mad Science! labs blowing up, but now I wonder what other doomsday projects are spilling out into the world and how they might interact with each other. Can the blob eat silicates? Could we be looking at a T-virus T-rex? Is Biollante (Gojira-plant hybrid Kaiju) going to rise from the rubble and would Poison Ivy be able to control it?
Comments from author:
The blob release was either one of those two, or a 'release option gamma on the ground forces' thing. After all, Maggie has some sort of control on it.

Maybe a dog whistle. :D
Review By [Deadpan] • Date [5 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Half the Battle" from maydaymason
Review:
Lots of fun events. Something about the fire/ice thing seems really cute to me, and I'm also glad to see Hanna is back to thinking like normal after the brief crisis she had with the raptors. In other news, it seems the orphans might not need a formal self destruct after all. It's almost as if it was a bad idea to have a bunch of mad scientists all in one place, huh?
Comments from author:
Putting a bushel of mad scientists together always goes wrong in one way or another. Case in point: last week's and this week's Skin Horse comics.
Review By [maydaymason] • Date [5 Nov 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Half the Battle" from dcarson
Review:
In one of the Helm books he kills a FBI agent. Helm had been ordered to help a scientist defect "no matter what it takes" because he had wrong data that would hurt a Chinese program. Helm's boss asked them if they were sure they wanted to give that order. They did and when the FBI agent caught them Helm killed him. In backstory during the war when he was part of a similar military unit he killed one of his team that was too wounded to keep up.

You really don't want to tell him at all costs unless you mean it.
Comments from author:
Helm is not a nice guy at all. Of course it costs him his wife and kids, and stuff like that.
Review By [dcarson] • Date [5 Nov 14] • Not Rated
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