Reviews for Between the Lines
sadistic lunatic chapter 6 . 8/19/2013
When I read in an interview that Bendis was "carefully planning" Rachel and Jean's first meeting, I knew Bendis would pull the crap he did. I mean, really, the wordless staring? It's typical Bendis creativity. That said, I was hoping Rachel would give Jeen as hard a time for "dating" Hank as she gave Scott when he started dating Emma.

I like how vindictive Teen!Hank is in this. Then again, at this point, I've lost all respect I had for Beast and I welcome every moment his failings slap him in the face.
anon chapter 5 . 8/11/2013
Emma wants good things safety for her students and mutantkind, she has learned not being a villain is better and more effective to that end, but she still won't put principle over pragmatism this is WHY she is such an awesome ethics teacher

I'm supporting Cyclops he may not be doing it in the best of ways, and he could benefit from trying to have a sit down with Cap and Logan and trying to get some peace between the three of them, but he's still the only one trying to help the situation. All Logan's lot are doing are telling him he's in the wrong, going on about how bad he is, and how, if they confront him it'll cause a war. They're literally sitting back and letting the world tear apart the new mutants and judging him for trying to stop it.

The thing that bugs me whenever Scott says he gave up/moved on from that, in that he clearly hasn't. He spent a considerable amount of time while in San Fran building bridges between humans and mutants (during the time when he was most criticized for putting peace to the back burner), and even today, Scott's motivations for everything is to stop humans picking on mutants. That's petty much one of the main things Xavier taught him to do. He's not actively trying to antagonize humans or start a war or preaching mutant supremacy, if anything, is actions could lead to his team preventing it.

He knew that letting the Avengers take Hope away would cause the world to become a nuclear wasteland in the future

"His public persona is almost at t-shirt level. He’s like a Che Guevara kind of image for college students. And they go, “Scott Summers is trying to feed the poor and clean the water and do all this cool stuff as Phoenix,” and they don’t know what happened. They just know that “The Man” kind of shut him down. So they look at him and he’s on the cover of "Rolling Stone," so there’s this image of Scott Summers that he’s trying to live up to while he’s dealing with all his demons and all the misunderstanding and hatred that he has from the other mutants."

It was Stark on Captain America's order who got the Phoenix in them in the first place

Scott wasn't trying to hurt anyone at that point. He was honestly trying to help, and he did do some things that were noble, such as stabilizing climates and providing food for starving countries. The two seem more bothered that its Scott's got all this power, rather than what he's doing with it.

Scott did, however, turn crazy evil, but not until after the Avengers did some pretty dickheadish things to piss him off. Its hard to blame someone for losing control or turning into the Dark Phoenix when the 'heroes' are so obsessed with the fact he might turn evil or go mad with power that they do everything they can to make him angry

the Avengers are adults too who are capable of voicing their concerns and such by means other than 'attack-attack-assemble', and are more than capable of trying peaceful solutions.

However, what should be stressed is that, none of the Phoenix Five were mentally sane, before or after it bonded to them. The Phoenix is a power that requires the host be completely in control of themselves. Magik is crazy, Namor is bipolar, Emma is prone to bouts of self loathing and guilt, Piotr was currently demonically possessed, and Cyclops is, well, he requires a list:
He's completely incapable of expressing emotion in a healthy, adult manner, he's also prone to self loathing, he blames himself for all the tragedies in his life (from Thunderbird's death to the Schism with Logan), he was possessed by Apocalypse and died, came back, was separated, and spent a while afterwards dealing with intense PTSD to which he never actually got proper treatment or counseling for, he's currently got the Void, the entity responsible for Sentry's mental issues, locked up inside his head, he's still obsessed with his first girlfriend, he was abused as a child, he spent his teen years being trained to be a child soldier, and following the death of his wife he's basically left with nothing but being the leader to his team. Scott is literally the last person who should've been given the Phoenix.
The point is, they may be adults, but they're not mentally sane adults, and the Phoenix force does not help that matter. The P5 had the excuse of the Phoenix making them more prone to acting out in a manner that they shouldn't do so. Cap and the Avengers didn't have that excuse, they acted just as childish, idiotic, and antagonistic as they did, and did so without the same mental issues or cosmic fuel to the fire

Scott like Black Panther and Captain America are supposed to be like Marvel’s Batmen, but he doesn’t have the charisma they do or even Magneto and Xavier

Beast killed millions on Cap’s order also

I know Xavier was a loved one and his death hurts more, but it still seems hypocritical to me

Yes Scott has more experience and a host in control of him/herself is what best as their history shows at least that’s how I remember it, Rachel had it for years

Balance it with the countless more lives the Phoenix has saved

The Phoenix is a fundamental force of the universe/nature life incarnate, think of it like this sometimes you need a forest fire for new life so future generations can thrive it’s nature and sometimes nature must be a ruthless brutal ** for future generations that is all that matters

Everyone should be given tech and powers it's idiotic this isn't done, a hero doesn't just save people, a hero teaches the people to take care of themselves

When you live in a world of such technology and people with four digit IQs why in nine hells haven't you solved the world's problems of poverty and disease

I have always believed mutants would play a part in earth/mankind taking a cosmic role, liberating the universe from the tyrannical intergalactic empires
Harbinger Of Kaos chapter 5 . 8/12/2013
I got to ask, is this story complete or not because it is misleading to see the tag there. And is the Jean Bashing really necessary? I get it, she sees all of this and can do something about it but doesn't, why? who knows but really it gets a bit daunting after a while.
sadistic lunatic chapter 5 . 8/11/2013
Hank is really despicable now. I was half-expecting his visitor to roast him where he stood.
Wolvmbm chapter 5 . 8/11/2013
Something tells me this leads into Battle of the Atom, I mean Beast truly screwed up things with his attempt to "help" Scott see the error of his ways.

Things are bound to get worse before they can get better.

So please do keep up the good work upon such a great tale.
sherridin chapter 4 . 3/31/2013
Finally there's a fic on the current issues. It feels like a supplement to whats going on at the moment. You're doing a great job. Keep em coming!
lychee loving chapter 4 . 2/21/2013
hi hi I just want to say this is an excellent, excellent coda to all new x-men and you should feel totally awesome and amazing for writing this, it fits right into the mood of the book woah!
warfolomei chapter 4 . 1/28/2013
Hmmm, good characterisations and dialogue. Real possibility of what happened in between.
Is it me or is there just too much Logan in comics this days ? Why can't they give Scott his own, going Guy Fawkes on everyone.
warfolomei chapter 3 . 1/7/2013
Alright, we need more young Scott in the future fics !
warfolomei chapter 2 . 1/7/2013
O.o Scott wasn't ready ? He sure done a lot better than Xavier..
Jean is what world doesn't need. Even after her death she still manages to wreck things up.
Good chapter otherwise.
warfolomei chapter 1 . 1/6/2013
Hmmm, interesting. I haven't even though about some of those things.
Afficted chapter 3 . 1/4/2013
This is terrific. Having just read issue #5 and loved it, it's nice to get a quick-fix into young Scott's thoughts and somebody actually being sympathetic toward him. Poor guy. I also really liked your prior chapter too.
anon chapter 3 . 1/3/2013
It was the Phoenix influence, I get Xavier was a loved one so that death is felt harder but the hundreds if not thousands Wanda killed by cutting off mutant powers is brushed over
Fritz as Pritz chapter 2 . 10/15/2012
I really liked both chapters. They are so true and I wish they were part of the canon.

*Finz*
MASTER-OF-SUPRISE chapter 2 . 10/12/2012
Well that was odd. Interesting but odd.
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