On the LJ request meme, it stood out as a fun AU that improved chapter by chapter. The way the characters interact is very interesting, especially between Wally and the Rogues
, and Zoom
. Hunter especially has a great conflicting dynamic with Wally. My one complaint was that Wally wasn't as fleshed out a character as the author intended. There were also some confusing sequencing issues, especially during a critical fight scene later on.
However, after the author's move and subsequent reboot, The New Kid on the Block really took on a life on its own. The Kid may be a suave Gentleman Thief
, but Wally is now an awkward
, resentful loner with a massive unlucky streak
. It's almost a little jarring in comparison to his previous Cool Loser
status. Even the Ho Yay
hijinks are cast in a darker light, as Wally seems to have had an unhappy experience with it in high school.
The writing is much improved, the action terribly exciting, and the new world is simply fascinating. I'd say that this stands as one of my favorite fanfics of all time.