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Unsold Poems from the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl
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bbwoof From: bbwoof Date: March 23rd, 2014 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Heroic Physics.

Snerk. I am reminded of my own rants about "Smallville", regarding Kryptonian Physics. Clark Kent can stop a runaway automobile, absorbing its entire kinetic energy across a surface of about 30 square inches (his two palms), and somehow not even leave a dent in the hood. Clark Kent can stand in the bottom of an elevator shaft, arrest the motion of a falling elevator car in the space of his arms' reach, and the people inside the car don't even sprain their ankles.

Is this kinda like that?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 23rd, 2014 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)


That is exactly the kind of thing I'm talking about.

Superpowers aren't just a shift in degree; they're often a shift in kind. They may work differently from a similar-seeming ordinary ability. A super-strong character can stop a car without getting knocked flat -- but in Terramagne, a character in battle armor attempting the same thing would just cause a wreck. Basically, super-strength comes with a localized ability to manipulate the laws of physics which govern such things as mass and momentum.

One of the few things I liked about Man of Steel was that you could actually see this effect on camera, for example, pebbles trembling as he prepared to take off and fly. There's a field around him pushing on things.
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