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Review of chapter "Chapter One" from twlight
Oh wow.
Comments from author:
Thanks. ;-)
Review By [twlight] • Date [8 Jul 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from eternalfox
I wonder if Xander could survive the penance stare now that he has murdered two heroes. Imagine the mindfuck he would have if Odin himself told him that Skrull imposters were responsible for Buffy and Faith dying.
Comments from author:
I don't think that Xander would find the Penance stare any more painful than any other torture he's been through since according to the Marvel Wiki, it makes the recipient "feel every pain that that individual has ever inflicted on anyone else innocent in their lifetime."

Stark and Rogers were most certainly NOT innocents in this whole mess, as I've noted in other reviews, since they are unquestionably the ones who are responsible for Buffy's and Faith's deaths. And since I can't recall any instance where Xander has deliberately inflicted pain on anyone innocent, I don't see him enduring any suffering.

And even if the Captain America and Iron Man who were responsible for the girls' deaths actually were Skrull imposters (which they were not, since I didn't set this story during that period of Marvel Comics idiocy), then they were the people Xander shot, and they deserved exactly what they received.
Review By [eternalfox] • Date [10 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from MultiverseBeliever
My Friend You have to continue this story :) as an action themed spy type xander against the world against shield FIc it would be awsome :)
Good Writing!
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed it.

And any continuation is up to my muse's whims.
Review By [MultiverseBeliever] • Date [8 Sep 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Typhonis
As ye sow, so shall ye reap. While Xander is in a shitload of trouble...and if he is smart he already has a bolthole or three set up things look to be going South.

Two of the Avengers are dead in the middle of a good will tour. A tour to build their rep back up after the apparent CHARLIE FOXTROT that is the death of Faith and Buffy. A witness still exists and well Fury has no idea what badness the wicked wicca of the west can get up too.Especially when it involves her Xander shaped friend.

Xander could very well be shot by police while 'resisting arrest' but THAT would also cause problems cause now you will have an investigation not only by the US Government but possibly the Britsh one if the Slayers are HQ in England.

Fury trying to explain this to a Congressional Inquiry would be funny.
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Yeah, Fury is finally reaping what he's sown, but it's at the cost of several good people's lives.

No matter what Fury says or does, the fecal matter is hitting the fan, and he's standing directly in front of said device, so he's going to be eating said material for quite a while.

And, if and when Willow finally wakes up, Fury's not going to be lucky enough to be treated like Warren was. ;-)
Review By [Typhonis] • Date [20 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Stationary
that. is. wicked!
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Thanks. ;-)
Review By [Stationary] • Date [28 Jun 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Lictre
In a way, I see Xander and Fury as mirror images of each other, relatively ordinary men surrounded by extraordinarily powerful people, each in their way deeply enmeshed in the structures of power, and relied on by their allies to make the hard decisions. Fury's advantage is the phenomenal resources he can muster, while Xander's is his perceptiveness and utter determination, combined with the more esoteric resources and abilities of the Slayers' council.

S.H.I.E.L.D. was responsible for the deaths (however accidental they may have been) of the two senior empowered agents of the Slayers' Council, so Xander is equalizing the score in blood and power by taking out two senior empowered agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I could see D'Hoffryn having made an offer for a Justice Demon to do their thing, but I think Xander, having learned lessons about magic and responsibility, would be insistent on doing this himself, without demonic aide.
Comments from author:
You're mostly correct in your comparison, although I see Fury as a far more manipulative and coldblooded bastard who sees people as pawns to be used by him at his whim, rather than agents who are people first, and then forces to be used to protect others, second, as Xander has always been shown to regard the people he works with.

And given Xander's history with magic and, most especially his years with Anya, I can't see him ever considering taking up any offer D'Hoffryn makes unless there is, literally, no other way to accomplish his objectives.

Remember, Anya was very upfront about how she always tried to twist the meaning of her 'patron's' wishes in order to cause the maximum amount of pain, grief and suffering as possible, so Xander would be fully aware of the potential consequences of accepting such a 'gift.'
Review By [Lictre] • Date [5 Jun 13] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from BlueEyedBrigadier
Review: really went for the jugular with this one-shot, didn't ya Slick? Offing Steve and Tony as the Hammurabic Code response to Buffy and Faith's death because of SHIELD interference or incompetence is definitely one hell of an anvil for Xander to drop...but I can see Xander doing it without hesitation. Much as the Scoobies' characters were warped through the seven years of the series, Xander has always been the one to keep fighting on when others flagged...and he's more than willing to do painful and/or debasing things if it gets a result. I personally have some quibbles about Steve Rogers going along with a plan that ended up getting the Chosen Two killed and not seeking to redeem himself to the SWC - unless this is Ultimate Avengers rather than normal Marvel or MCU Avengers - though he's not lacking in the ability to undertake assignments where there's a chance of people under his command could get killed in combat. However, if Steve didn't have all the facts about Slayers, I could see him being swung to a more Fury-like viewpoint of things.

All in all, a superb piece of work!
Comments from author:
Thanks for reviewing, and I'm pleased that you enjoyed the story.

And yeah, I still ascribe to the characterization of Xander we saw in the Season Two premiere, 'When She Was bad", when he threatened Buffy, after Willow had been kidnapped by the Master's minions, "If they hurt her, I'll kill you."

I definitely think that, at times, Xander was portrayed as one of the darkest people among the cast, although those scenes were then generally ignored by later writers, in order to make other characters more palatable to the audience.

And what wasn't spelled out in the story, but was in the unwritten background of this story is the fact that both Buffy's and Faith's deaths were the result of a series of extremely unfortunate mistakes that culminated in them dying. Fury certainly hadn't intended for the girls to die - just to be roughed up a bit - but given who they were, neither backed down and, in fact, escalated the degree of violence involved, to the point that bad things resulted.

And Rogers trying to explain that 'it was all just an accident, we didn't intend for that to happen' doesn't flow very well when you're the ones who were on the wrong end of the 'accident', especially since I can see Rogers partially shrugging this off as 'an unfortunate collateral result of fighting a war against humanity's enemies', since Fury would say that if the Council had just cooperated and provided him with some Slayers to use as operatives, this whole mess would never have occurred. Remember, Rogers comes from a time period when being drafted for service was common and universally accepted.

Fury, however, does bear full responsibility for having sent his people out to try and strong-arm the Council, and thus is the one Xander is really looking to take down. Given the current situation with the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, though, Fury is a bit difficult to access, so Xander decide to simply send him a message: "You took two of ours; we're taking two of yours. How far do you want to take this?"
Review By [BlueEyedBrigadier] • Date [27 May 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from KyrissDraconis
This is well-portrayed. While I am uncertain that Xander (at this point in time) would have shot the Captain (Tony more likely), he would make some serious retaliation efforts. Also, if he didn't want to get the SWC into trouble, he could also have had a portal whisk him away to another part of the world and
'be seen' elsewhere as well. Nice work, but is there a prequel to this story?
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed the story, despite how depressing that world must be.

And I also consider Xander's actions and attitude in BtVS's Season Two episode, "When She Was bad" to be the best depiction of his character throughout the series. That was when, after the other Scoobies had been kidnapped by the Master's surviving minions, he turned to Buffy and told her, in a calm, emotionless voice, "If they hurt Willow, I'll kill you."
Review By [KyrissDraconis] • Date [11 Apr 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from AnimeRonin
not sure about reestablishing parity but it sounds more like the return volley in a war that Fury's started.
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Yep, Fury started this, but Xander is determined that he's going to be the one to finish it.

And he's just demonstrated, in a manner that can't be misunderstood in any way, that he's willing to match the stakes.

Do you think that Fury is going to want to risk seeing how much Xander might decide to *up* the stakes, if given the incentive?
Review By [AnimeRonin] • Date [28 Mar 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from meteoricshipyards
And now the hunt for Xander begins.

Meanwhile, aliens invade and take over the earth because the Advengers are too weak without Stark and Cap.

Would love to see the final confrontation. I can't think of two more determined people in fiction than Fury and Xander.

Thanks for the story.

Tom A.
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed the story.

If it weren't for the forces he can marshal, I really don't see Fury as being as nearly as implacable and/or determined an enemy as Xander is. Of course, that's my personal opinion.

And I also see, if it ever does come down to a final confrontation, Fury going down in flames, since I can very easily see Xander being willing to condemn himself to Hell if it will ensure that the person he's looking to take down end up there for the rest of eternity.
Review By [meteoricshipyards] • Date [27 Mar 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from texaswookie
Dark and interesting however I can't see Xander being willing to kill them even with the loss of his favorite slayers. At least not as long as they were innocent of doing the job and I'm not sure either of them would be willing to let Fury pull their strings to that extent. If Xander were using magical bullets that put them in a suspended sleep that only Willow or the Council can counteract that I could see it happening or even a bullet that disabled the super soldier serum. Still a very interesting idea though.
Comments from author:
We obviously have differing views of the Xander Harris character.

I always consider Xander's depiction in Season Two's 'When She Was Bad' to be the definitive portrayal of Xander Harris. In that episode, Xander looked at Buffy and promised her that "If they hurt Willow, I'll kill you.", and he was completely convincing when he said it. Of course, that occurred before Marti (and Joss) decided to destroy the characterizations they'd established of all of the other Scoobies, in order to make vampiric rapists seem heroic

And Stark and Rogers both pretty much danced to whatever tune Fury sang, even if they might quibble about the exact wording of the song he chose, so they're completely responsible for their own actions. Buffy's and Faith's deaths might have been accidental, and not intended to happen, as far as Fury's purposes were concerned, but as far as Xander is concerned, if Fury hadn't issued the orders which led to his girls' deaths, and Stark and Rogers hadn't obeyed those same orders, Buffy and Faith would still be alive.

Therefore, if things are ever going to be balanced again, Fury, Stark and Rogers all need to pay for their actions, and Xander is making sure that they do.

The fact that he's also ensuring that the New Council and the still surviving people he cares about will remain free from any future scheming by Fury is yet another benefit of his actions.
Review By [texaswookie] • Date [26 Feb 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from kdakmmt
I can easily see Xander as a veng... er justice
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I can very easily envision him as the Angel of Vengeance, as opposed to a vengeance demon.

Same general parameters, but without the maliciousness.
Review By [kdakmmt] • Date [25 Feb 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from dreameralways
Very sad concept, but fabulous story.
Comments from author:
Thanks. As I noted in the author's notes, this story ended up being *quite* different from what I was originally intending to write. ;-(
Review By [dreameralways] • Date [10 Feb 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from KageRyu
Could you make a reactionary one-shot that shows the aftermath?
Comments from author:
That's entirely up to my muse, and right now, I don't think it'll be showing up any time soon, since it's a very disturbing story.
Review By [KageRyu] • Date [10 Feb 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Dhampyr
Very nice. Although it occurs to me that if things do escalate there are two potential allies for Xander waiting in the wings that would give Fury even worse ulcers. D'hoffryn is obviously the first. He would LOVE this Xander in so many ways. The other would be a way to potentially counter Thor at the least, namely Loki. Loki is the type to hold a grudge and he has no love for Nicky. If he got wind of Xander at a point after he is supposed to be mostly "redeemed" at the end of Thor 2 then he will be free to travel to Midgard. I could easily see him offering himself as Xander's patron god just for the chaos Xander's actions will kick up.
Comments from author:
Yeah, both of those guys would love to 'help out' if given a chance.

Actually, I could see Loki studiously learning more about Xander, after Stark's and Rogers' deaths (if only to learn who would do something so outrageously chaotic, and the reasons for such an action) and deciding that such home-grown potential for chaos should be encouraged - for the yuks, if nothing else. And if, by chance, such chaos also happened to incidentally cause problems for S.H.I.E.L.D. and his adopted brother's group of associates, well, then that would just be a bonus.

Of course, Loki would have to be *very* careful to make sure that nothing negative resulted against any of the SWC, and that any powers, abilities and/or weapons he might have made available to Xander couldn't be used against himself.

And, of course, if such things ever did happen, then D'Hoffryn would probably also be waiting in the wings to offer the SWC 'assistance' in rectifying the situation. ;-(
Review By [Dhampyr] • Date [6 Jan 13] • Not Rated
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