Reviews: Neon Exodus Evangelion
I always liked it for one reason, one that a lot of people miss: It's essentially Shinji And Warhammer 40 K before it was a gleam in Charles Bepin's eye. It downplays Eyrie Production Unlimited's self-insertion antics to insert a snarky, kick-ass action hero into Evangelion's damned colon, giving EVERY NAMED CHARACTER IN THE SERIES A CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME. Yes, even freaking Gendo. If you like Shinji And Warhammer 40 K and don't like this, you're a damned member of the Hate Dom and should just freaking admit it. The writing is exquisite, and even though Shinji is initially replaced, he gets an in-character development which provides fulfillment for the fans. To say it gets a lot better after the first few chapters is an understatement.
The Hatedom is probably going to roast me on a stick for this recommendation, but I would go so far as to call Exodus one of the very best Eva fics you could possibly read so long as you're looking for Lighter And Softer reconstructions. Fans of the original Eva's tone should steer clear, though, as should anyone who has allergic reactions to Marty Stus; I'm part of the crowd that says DJ is a deconstruction of the Stu, but he does come across as rather overly perfect for several chapters before the fic starts to Grow The Beard.
After the MS Ting crew at Elmer Studios introduced me to DJ Croft, I was puzzled why he'd be up here. Then, they introduced me to Tom Dyron. And Jim Beckett. And Isamu. And...(shudder)...Issei. Now I've concluded that while Mr. Croft has some problems, they aren't crippling, mind-poisoning problems. I'll give his creator a conditional recommendation based on being able to at least write a narrative, while every other link I posted gets a recommendation for being either a hilarious riffing of a fanfic, a So Bad Its Good piece of garbage, or both.
Shay Guy's review
This is one of the most controversial Eva fics in the Anglosphere, if not the most. The first several chapters (maybe more) have MiSTings.
I kind of but almost didn't like this fic — the fact that somehow, all of the good guys manage to survive to the very end without getting killed kind of destroyed my suspension of disbelief.
Be warned — the first few chapters can be rather hard to get through due to DJ Croft who, in the first three chapters or so, is good at everything and liked by everyone but Gendo.