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Which would you choose if you could only have one super-power of these two?

Super Speed
 
  125 votes, 77.2%

Super Strength
 
  37 votes, 22.8%


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message 1: by Tom (new)

Tom Wright This poll is a little earlier than normal since I'll be out of town Sunday. But the podcast will still be up on Monday. I'm excited to see the results and comments here.


message 2: by Dan (new)

Dan Jones For me, it depends on how fast, or how strong.

For example, if I could only be as fast as Quicksilver or Jay Garrick, I'd rather have super strength (at least as strong as The Hulk), but if I could be as fast as Barry Allen, I'd rather be fast.


message 3: by Chris (last edited Aug 02, 2013 11:08AM) (new)

Chris I'm going with speed, assuming I could travel from one end of the US to the other in no more than a couple of hours. To me, time is the most important thing to have, and if I could get from one place to another with as little downtime as possible (and with not much effort on my part of course) I would have plenty of time to do whatever I want in between. This would also widen job searches and my ability to visit people across the country.


message 4: by Dan (new)

Dan Jones In comic book scale, travelling across the country in a couple hours is really slow. The Flash is so fast he can actually travel through time. Even the much slower Golden Age Flash could cross the country in a couple seconds.

In fact, the Hulk is strong enough, he can probably jump across the country more quickly.


message 5: by Chris (new)

Chris Dan wrote: "In comic book scale, travelling across the country in a couple hours is really slow."

Hey, I'd take faster, but the minimum I'd find acceptable is a couple of hours. Also, it seems to me that jumping across the country Hulk-style would take a lot of effort, but the inherent property of being super-fast is that it requires little effort on your part. That said, I know only the shortest sentences of knowledge about comic universes, so I'm basing this off my own rationalizations.


message 6: by Sara (new)

Sara My thought was super strength would give you the ability to jump around like a kangaroo (increasing speed, not unlike the Hulk's ability mentioned above). But being able to traverse the country in minutes, or even seconds? I didn't consider that. And now I am second guessing my decision.


message 7: by Dan (last edited Aug 02, 2013 04:01PM) (new)

Dan Jones Chris wrote: "jumping across the country Hulk-style would take a lot of effort"

Not really. It requires a great expenditure of energy, but because of his strength, it's not that hard for him. If he tries really hard, he's been known to leap all the way into the outer atmosphere. But generally, he only leaps several miles at a time, so it would still take him a while to make it all the way across the country.

The real problem with Hulk's jumping around (which is his primary mode of transportation), is the damage it does. Equal and opposite reactions being what they are, he does a lot of damage to wherever he leaps from or leaps to. That's why I agree that super speed is generally the better power.


message 8: by Jonathon (new)

Jonathon Taylor On the other hand, the distinction is a little skewed. If you are "super-strong," this then presumes your muscles can act with greater than natural force. So, naturally, they would be able to propel your limbs through the air at greater than normal speeds, simply due to the increased power they can impart. Unless we equate strength to size, I don't see how having super strength doesn't likewise grant you super speed, due to the simple physics of the human body.


message 9: by Chris (new)

Chris Well, if I may make things up on the fly, it seems that certain restrictions are required with super strength. For instance, there is probably some terminal speed due to wind resistance that you would reach at which point you would be unable to travel faster. Super speed implies a negation of some of these principles.

Side note - Hulk's jumping can certainly cause damage - but would we also need a way to negate causing potentially damaging shockwaves from travelling at super speed? Doing this regularly could cause windows to shatter and a LOT of noise pollution, there would have to be some kind of sound-barrier negating buffer that stops everywhere from being an explosion.


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Speed is where its at.


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