May 1st, 2008

The Music of the Spheres Series, by Jen In Japan (G - NC-17)

Title: The Music of the Spheres series
Author: Jen in Japan
Fandoms: DC ‘Verse - Batman Begins, Superman Returns
Pairing: Bruce Wayne/Clark Kent
Categories: Romance, Angst, Drama, Post-series
Length: Epic
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: jij
Author Website: Author's LJ page

Review:
This story, which takes place after the events of the movies Batman Begins and Superman Returns, has the titular characters meeting each other in and out of costume… and disliking each other almost instantly. So of course they end up falling head over heels. What Jen does so well during this series is show us two men who find common ground even while acknowledging what may set them apart. The Batman in this story isn’t the Dark Knight so much as a young man still coming to grips with the actions and responsibilities inherent in fighting for justice. The Superman in this story is an alien first and foremost – Kal-El – whose alter ego is Clark Kent, not the other way around, and time is spent with the character as he deals with being truly different from the humans he’s sworn to protect.

There are three arcs and a handful of interludes/prologue pieces (the interactions between Martha Kent and Alfred are hysterical), and various archnemeses make appearances (Lex Luthor, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, and Two-Face [who’s given an intriguing bit of back story connecting him to Bruce Wayne by Jen]) for the requisite action/drama, but the story focuses on the connection made between the two superheroes. It’s one of those pieces I pull out when I want to savor a romance with a dollop of superhero derring-do plus writing that’s excellently paced and, in places, like lyrical prose in tone.

The Music of the Spheres (link leads to tagged posts of the series)
A direct post to the first work in the series: Prologue: Misunderstimations