Reviews for Political Realities
Wandering the Arid Sea chapter 1 . 7/18

conan.lagace chapter 1 . 7/17
this was kinda fucking great
majorshane chapter 1 . 7/15
Damn! I'd love to see Batmans reaction to this!
sarista wow chapter 1 . 5/20
That was glorious, all of it, every last word :D
CelticReaper chapter 1 . 5/7
i like
Starfox5 chapter 1 . 5/7
Very nice story, short, but covers everything needed, original and entertaining. Well done!
OBSERVER01 chapter 1 . 3/17
quite good
Broken Ascendent chapter 1 . 1/17
Ha, Glorious
Guest chapter 1 . 11/12/2014
I guess you could consider this proof that the system works.
Moka-girl chapter 1 . 11/2/2014
Wow. That was brilliant.
ShineX chapter 1 . 5/22/2014
Nice lol, I like it and could definitely see it in a rl setting (dc probably would have her go to jail :/)
saddas74 chapter 1 . 5/11/2014
Wow, that is certainly an interesting read.
Red Sky at Morning chapter 1 . 2/19/2014
Despite some of the comments of other reviewers, I think you got Gordon's characterization spot on. Yes, he hates the Joker and understands the desire to just rid the world of the piece of slime. However, Gordon has always upheld the law and always respects the Bats as long as they (mostly) work within that law. Murder is a no-no, despite how much the victim deserved it, and especially when the killer can't even plausibly try to claim self-defense.

Moreover, I think Gordon sees at least one thing that many other people do not: the legal implication of letting capes literally get away with murder. The American legal system is largely based in precedent; that is, what other judges have ruled on similar cases. When in doubt about how to proceed, judges are supposed to review similar cases, decide if the precedent set by them is applicable, and - if it is - then follow it. If the Gotham courts acquit Helena/Huntress on the grounds that killing the Joker was justified, that sets the precedent for capes being authority figures who can decide who lives and who dies.

At that point it's very easy to envision the slippery slope. What would be next, Superman dropping Toyman from skyscraper heights (as happened in DC's animated movie 'Superman: Doomsday')? Or maybe The Flash would finally get rid of Professor Zoom once and for all? Or maybe the Justice League could decide that executing repeat offenders completely removes risk of them inevitably escaping from cardboard prisons?

Granted that the majority of the capes have hearts of gold (as evidenced by the fact that they haven't simply killed off the repeat offenders already; I know I probably would have if I were in their place) and that slippery slope may well never come to pass, but I think Gordon sees what could be. I think Gordon sees a possibility of people handing the capes so much power that the Justice Lords end up created not through force, but through blind adoration and apathy.

All in all, a brilliant look at what could be. Amazing.
Firethorn chapter 1 . 11/18/2013
On another forum on this topic I once said "You could kill the Joker with a .50BMG sniper rifle at a range in excess of a thousand yards and I'd still rule it self defense".

There's a lot of truth here. In any world where human psychology still mostly applies, killing the Joker would be effectively unprosecutable.
Guest chapter 1 . 11/6/2013
I really think that Gordon would have probably patted Helena on the back. On that train of thought, Barbara might throw her a party (Jason would be the host), Bruce probably would say he disapproved but not really care all that much, and Dick would probably shrug it off.

I really think that there would be some members of batman's Rouges who i probably would not support killing: Two-face was the DA before he went nuts, and he's been good since then when he sometimes got his sanity back. Wesker really seems like he's harmless: separate him from Scarface, and he's probably turn out fine. Humpty Dumpty actually seems to fit the definition of mad, and isn't really that evil, in my mind... but beyond that... the rest in the comicsverse need a trip to the electric chair.
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