Title: Crippled Author: Paynis Rating: T Genre: Action Status: Work in Progress IP: Highschool DxD Pairings: Issei/Math Summary: Link: Click Here So, this is an interesting little story which will obviously appeal to a select few. As you may or may not know, magicians in Highschool DxD use magic via mathematical equations. In this story Issei is hit by a truck and can suddenly ALL THE NUMBERS! I was under the impression that I knew where this story was going, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that while I was correct, it wasn't the bad kind of correct. Issei is a prodigy, but he freezes up and fucks up whenever shit hits the fan and he is attacked by enemies. So all his 1337 haxxor skill means jack shit when he can't get his head on straight. In fact, that is one of my pet peeves with it. Issei is supposed to be broken, but it never feels that way. There is no real gravitas to when he uses magic, and unless you're carefully reading each and every word then you might even miss it. It's understated—and don't get me wrong, he is a beginner, but It feels like he should be capable of more. I'm of the opinion that it's a case of the author reigning him in so they don't get called out for 'mary sue', but at the same time I feel it detracts from what I personally want from such a curious little fic. Aside from ALL THE MAGIC!!!! There are hints at a pairing, with Sona, surprise surprise. Some characters feel OOC (like Kiba) but I can't bring up the urge to care too much since Kiba is.. Kiba. Some OC stuff that is mildly interesting since they never steal the show. But.. yeah, if DxD is your thing, definitely give this a go and tell me what you think. It's the first one in a year that I can actually say 'read this'. I give it a tentative 3/5.