Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Top Five Oddest New Powers For Superheroes

Sometimes, superheroes gain powers. Sometimes, they are pretty odd. Here are the top five oddest!

5. Teleportation Steel

Part of the appeal of Steel was that he was just a normal guy, so it was odd when, circa 1994, he began showing signs of being a metahuman. Luckily, Christopher Priest wrote this out during his Steel run.

5. "The Other" Spider-Man

Spider-Man now has these sorta blades that stick out of his arms.

He can also communicate with spiders.

That is odd.

3. Sunfire Rogue

I agree with Marvel that Rogue needed a new permanent power (like she had when she had Ms. Marvel's strength and flight all the time).

But Sunfire's powers?

It was an odd fit.

2. Guy Gardner: Warrior

Guy Gardner as a shape-shifting alien was always an odd idea. Although the comic had lots of cool stories by Beau Smith!

1. Donna Troy as Darkstar

I don't think there is ever going to be anything odder than seeing Donna Troy as a Darkstar.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know!


Blogger Steven said...

Donna Troy as Harbinger was weirder

8/03/2006 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Warren Ellis and Whilce Portacio did X-Force, I think Warparth started flying (and maybe doing some sort of energy blast thing, too?). That was weird.

8/03/2006 11:23 PM  
Blogger googum said...

Iron Man added a teleportation system, in Frank Tieri's issues. A little too far, there.

While probably not top five material, Claremont is the best/worst at giving his characters this extra little powers or abilities, like Bishop having exact spatial awareness. That was from the middle of his last run on X-Men, and really didn't make a lot of sense for him. Or Storm being 'immune to weather.'

Now, Nightcrawler turning invisible in shadows;well, I'll let that one slide 'cause it's cool...

8/09/2006 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nightcrawler's invisibility is at least a by-product of his teleportation ability, so that's okay by powers standards. Also, I can understand the reason for Nightcrawler to have a precise spatial awareness, since it's how he navigates while he's teleporting, but Bishop having it for no apparent reason is odd. Strikes me as one of the pickup powers that crop up in superhero role-playing games when you've got a few extra points to spend and you already have the main suite you were looking for. Or perhaps Bishop's ill-defined energy-absorption/redirection powers are a byproduct of his spatial awareness somehow. Actually, you know, if I were more interested in Bishop to begin with, I could probably come up with a viable explanation for that, too. Where's my copy of Mutants and Masterminds when I could *use* it?

8/14/2006 12:40 PM  

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