|The Flash - Zoooooooom|
So I secretly would like to fly... Ok maybe not secretly but the point has been made. I flirt with the geek side of life more than occasionally and the question always comes up. What powers would you like to have if your laboratory accidentally explodes. If you don't have a lab then I'm sorry, this post is not for you. (I kid I kid)
This is a useful question to ask for a guy like me because I will eventually get super-powers and I wouldn't like to be unprepared... Either that or as an artist and writer it is helpful to create certain images in my head so as to entertain others when I draw comic books.
There is a vast array of super powers out there for the taking but for the sake of our non-nerdy readers, ill keep to the obvious ones like power augmentation and technopathy. Everyone knows those right? I'm certainly in the mood today.
Seriously though, the obvious candidates will be flight, super strength, super speed, heightened senses, telepathy, teleporting, intangibility, healing and regeneration, invulnerability and immortality. Feel free to throw in more and let your inner nerd take control.
As pointless as "Jumper" the movie was, they got one thing right. Any kid who gets the ability to teleport will rob a bank. That's just how it is. Its a science. Kid + Teleporting = Robbed Bank
So anyway, villains and detractors aside, if you suddenly stumble on super speed, you are likely to rob a bank and run across the Atlantic to the land of Disney where you shall blow all the loot on candy and popcorn.
I made the mistake of watching Hancock and Hulk on the same day and all I could think about was leaping over Hilton Hotel Nairobi... The feeling recurs pretty often now so I choose to take it as a sign that my laboratory will explode soon.
Now that I have your minds churning, I will abandon the subject like a lazy writer and skip to more important matters. If you grew up watching Superman, you were a witness to gross deceit which I would like to correct. Flying round the Earth at super speed to reverse its rotation and turn back time is neither a practical application of powers of flight nor is it a clever one. When you finally acquire your super-powers, do not attempt this. It is stupid and futile.
|Captain America: The First Avenger|
Comic books are not just harmless entertainment or avenues for imaginations to run wild. There is something greater intertwined. There is always a weaker and stronger force and more often than not, real heroes don't wear spandex and capes. They are just like you and me but they are willing to do what it takes to make a difference. A lesson can be taken from almost every comic book you read. Tony Stark didn't get out of the very lucrative weapons business for nothing. Superman doesn't lead the Justice League because of his muscle, otherwise Hulk could lead the Avengers. In the recent blockbuster movie, Thor did not lose his powers and come to Earth because a writer thought it would be a fun journey to explore.
Everything is not face value and if you look hard enough, you will learn something new every single time.