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The Secret Return of Alex Mack

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Review of chapter "If It Happened To You" from ShalaDakiri
The Orphan aggresiveness making Lord Rupert look like a librarian? You put that in to see if anyone was paying attention to details, didn't you?
Comments from author:
Yes, yes I did. That, and it amused me. There are often obscure refs I stick in just because it makes me grin while I'm typing.
Review By [ShalaDakiri] • Date [5 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "If It Happened To You" from SilverWave

>Mainly that meant finding good photographs of file cabinets and bookshelves and chem lab equipment, and making sure they all were lit the same way, and printing the pictures off on her dad’s good printer

Hmm if this backdrop is ever to be used in a less secure setting...
The printer companies add a code to each printed page id'ing the printer... so hmm.

Notes: 'Printer steganography is a type of steganography – "hiding data within data"[1] – produced by laser printers, including Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, HP, IBM, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Lanier, Lexmark, Ricoh, Toshiba and Xerox brand color laser printers,[2] where tiny yellow dots are added to each page. The dots are barely visible and contain encoded printer serial numbers and timestamps.'
Comments from author:
And you know how I love steganography!
Review By [SilverWave] • Date [5 Jul 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "If It Happened To You" from MarcusRowland
As in the old SPI game "The creature that ate Sheboygan"?

Nice chapter, should please the action fans!
Comments from author:
Exactly. Unfortunately, I found the big weakness in that game (if you were the monster) and I ruined it for me and my friends.
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [5 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "If It Happened To You" from Maetch
They can't destroy Sheboygan! That's the polka capital of the nation!
Comments from author:
As long as we still have Weird Al, polka will survive! :D
Review By [Maetch] • Date [5 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "If It Happened To You" from Amberdrake
Did I miss a chapter? What happened to You Would Cry Too? :)
Comments from author:
:D That was the chapter where Kelly looks over her math grades. :D
Review By [Amberdrake] • Date [5 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "If It Happened To You" from batzulger
Well Sheboygan is where all the creature attacks occur of course.
Comments from author:
It's sure true in the right RPG. :D
Review By [batzulger] • Date [5 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "If It Happened To You" from Zorgdub
Ripper looking like a librarian? That's just ridiculous!
Comments from author:
I agree. Who would think such a thing? :D
Review By [Zorgdub] • Date [5 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "If It Happened To You" from VillageOrchid
I enjoyed the various parts of this chapter - during the intelligence review I noted that maybe a famous reporter might accept a famous photo-jouralist as a summer intern. That might be a way for them to find out more - if she's only with him a few days a week for a six week period. They might find that an unacceptable use of Alex's time to be under cover for that long though. Did they have Spring break yet? Could Alex get a 1-week ride-a-long with the reporter instead of a full internship?
Comments from author:
Spring break was the week she was in horrible shape after the Midwich Cuckoos op.

But Jack has something better in mind than 'summer intern with a famous photojournalist'. Remember: Jack is always sneakier than you expect. :D
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [5 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "If It Happened To You" from Harry
Well, as Jack put it, Shaman is part of the team, and they take care of their team. And I think that Red has been hacking into the stoplight system in Terawatts home town. Naughty, Naughty Red. Jack may have to take you over his knee and spank you!
Comments from author:
She would probably like that. They've probably done it already. :D
Review By [Harry] • Date [5 Jul 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "…I’ll Cry if I Want To" from Zeviz
If you are still wondering what to do about impeachment rules, you can just add an AN explaining how removing a senator work in the real world. For a story about superheroes, movie monsters, worldwide conspiracies, Nazi jungle bases supplied by zeppelins, etc, a slight change in Congressional procedures definitely falls under willing suspension of disbelief.

And about those jungle bases, I liked how you ended that plot thread, because occasionally cutting action short adds more suspense for the future plots, since we won't know if they might end abruptly too. Also, it's nice to have a lesson on why an easily activated self-destruct for an evil layer is a bad idea. :P

And I liked the last couple of chapters, because I do want to see more of the characters' non-heroic life. (I actually liked the class descriptions for Alex, Phase, and Anna that you included in their stories.) For that matter, I am curious how Alex manages to maintain interest in regular school life while she is saving the world twice a month. (If I was in her place, I'd stop caring about my grades except to avoid drawing attention by a drastic decrease in performance.)

EDIT: If she sees being Superman as an unpleasant burden, the intensity of her dislike of Terawatt's fame make a lot more sense. If she was going to Shar's birthday party as an escape into normalcy, it makes sense that seeing the Terawatt costumes would be unpleasant.
Comments from author:
Well, if you have 90% of your life in home and school, and 10% of your life doing brutal stuff you don't enjoy, you might decide you liked that 90% better than you thought.

I've had jobs like that.
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [4 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Guard Duty" from BrandL
I have read up to chapter 20, and I really like your Alex Mack story so far. I read the first story just so I could understand what happened to Alex, because she sure learned a lot of stuff in 5 days to start to become a great superhero. My one big question is will Ray's character get more time in this story with another 172 chapters to go, because I really loved Alex and his relationship. And if Danielle dumped a lot of waste in the water supply where Alex and her family and friends live, why has anyone else gotten superpowers like Alex. Thanks for the story, and keep up the great work.
Comments from author:
Thanks for reading and reviewing!
[1] There will be a lot more of Ray. Trust me.
[2] The toxic waste dumping? That's actually going to be a plot point. Think of it as a Chekov's Gun, if you know what that is.
Review By [BrandL] • Date [4 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "…I’ll Cry if I Want To" from (Recent Donor)draconin
Ok, that was totally tera! :-D I love the chapters that leave me smiling.
Comments from author:
:D Thanks. Now try to work 'tera' into a Real Life conversation.
Review By [(Recent Donor)draconin] • Date [4 Jul 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "…I’ll Cry if I Want To" from batzulger
It's amazing how conservative (morally not politically) Alex's family is. Of course it's from a Disney Show so that is pretty much to be expected. It's not surprising the way that Alex reacts to things that are not 'clean cut'. She's growing as a person and I think these last few chapters have shown how far she's come and how far she has to go.
Comments from author:
Well, Nickelodeon, so pretty much the same thing. Alex is still a 'good girl'. Not counting the being willing to use her powers to break into places, or use her powers to do stuff to people who have annoyed her, or use her powers to get out of punishments...

Gee, I guess Lord Acton was right. Maybe we need a superhero version of him. We could name him Lord Action. :D
Review By [batzulger] • Date [3 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "…I’ll Cry if I Want To" from Amberdrake
That was totally tera. But now when the aliens visit won't they think she rules the world since it's named after her? :) And excellent use of non-meta resources to re-align the social consciousness. Though Alex was kinda over-reacting. Almost like she was a teenager or something.

Since Marvel Comics exists there, maybe they could cast Jo as She- Hulk. If they put a little effort into getting her trained as an actress they could end up with a hit franchise and save a bunch on special effects. That would be totes tera. :D
Comments from author:
"Take me to your leader. In her attractive spandex superheroine outfit and heels." :D
Review By [Amberdrake] • Date [3 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "…I’ll Cry if I Want To" from Zorgdub
That update was totally tera.
Comments from author:
Thanks! Now try and work the word 'tera' into a Real Life conversation.

"Thanks, that dinner was tera."
"Did you say my food was terrible?!?!"
"No! That's not what I said! Put down that skillet! Ow! Ouch!"
Review By [Zorgdub] • Date [3 Jul 14] • Not Rated
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