Well hello there ladies, gents, and other non-specified voyeurs. I saw that we had a virginal board here and thought it could do with a nice hard, through posting. So, I'd like to talk about what I think is one of the most divisive things about Worm - the scale and how it changes. Or, in normal superhero terms, the scope - street, city, and global. Everything up to the Leviathan Arc and a good deal of what is beyond takes place at the "street" or "city" level for example, while the later stuff accelerates to sort of "Justice League" or "Avengers" levels - the global scale. The most common threats faced early on are parahuman gangs, minor villains, and the like. Later on they move up into larger villains and such, and then finally it escalates into fighting Behemoth and Scion and such post-time skip. In my opinion, I don't think Worm does this very well. While the Scion Arc is epic and all, in general the way it handled the "global" scale was really really poor, to the point that I view Arc 22 as the actual "climax" of the series. It may not have been as epic, but the lower-scale parts just feel more complete, more detailed, and downright more interesting. I don't think Worm needed a big "save the world" plotline no matter how imaginative and novel it may have been implemented. I think keeping the scope smaller and more detailed rather than moving up to such world-changing events would've made for a much better story. There are some really interesting uses of the change in scope, to be sure, like the Leviathan Arc, which is essentially the "global" scale rampaging through the "city" scale and irrevocably changing everything in its path, but that's because its a brief glimpse into that sort of thing specifically meant to be a sudden, unwinnable event that comes out of nowhere like a force of nature. But for the most part, Worm would've been a much better story if it never "reached for the stars" so to speak. What're people's thoughts on this line of thinking? I know a lot of Worm fans love the epic level of the ending and how different "shards" and other pieces of Worm cosmology are - what are your thoughts on what I've just wrote? Is it just a matter of the latter chapters being poorly paced? How do you defend the later chapters when many people think they're a severe drop in quality? And in fanfiction, how is this handled? Many AU fics do away with cosmic elements entirely to focus on the, in my opinion, more interesting low-level conflicts. Is this better? Worse? Does the existing scale of Worm and its ending create pressure on fanfiction authors to at least on some level match it, so as not to make it seem completely alien from Worm?