If you could have any super power, what would it be?

The Question:

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

This question is asked of a comic fans all the time. Even when a non-comic lover finds out I am a comic fan, they ask this question. For years I wasn’t sure how to answer. There are so many powers out there to choose from, so many universes and so many super heroes/villains. Do you choose a simple power, like flying or invisibility, or something more “I would never die!” like Wolverines regeneration powers.

Cover for Paul Tobin’s debut novel “Prepare To Die” from Night Shade Press

While thinking about this ultimate question I realized something, the answer is not that easy. Some people are very quick to respond, they have thought about this before, or they simply choose their favorite hero. While others are unsure, or their answer depends on what they are reading at the time. Some people decide what powers they wanted when they were younger and stick to it, never changing their minds. My answer tends to change over time, I have recently settled on one, but I’ll get back to that later.

I think the answer to this question shows a person’s personality. If you really think about it, what power you would be saddled with forever, if you could only choose one. This could be something that defines who you are. Yes, I am aware that this isn’t real life and it’s not that serious of a question, but to a true comic lover it is. It can be very controversial if brought up around a group of comic fans. What some may think is a simple answer, like Superman’s strength, is examined, picked apart and questioned. Even the question itself isn’t that simple, are we talking about one super power, or the powers of one super hero?


This ultimate fan question popped into my head the other day while at the Big B Hamilton’s Anniversary sale, while two men dressed up as Superman and the Flash had a race down the street. As children cheered dressed as their favorite comic characters I thought to myself, if I had to pick between the two, who’s powers would I choose?

 

Now, my answer to this ultimate comic question, what super-powers would I choose: I would want the powers of the Flash.

The Flash by Francis Manapul

After many years of thinking about this, I choose the Flash because; he ages slower than everyone else because he approaches the speed of light, and what girl doesn’t want to look young as long as possible. He has the ability to vibrate though solid material, this means he could technically vibrate into a person and if he stopped could rip them apart at a molecular level and he can travel through time. But, even with all these bad ass powers, he is not immortal. The idea of living forever seems somewhat depressing to me, or I would probably choose Wolverine’s regeneration powers.

I would love to know what you would choose as a power and why. Let me know in the comment section below.

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8 Comments

  1. Jay Pugh
    September 13, 2012

    This is a hard thing to decide and alot of times I wish I could choose what character I could be from a comic line rather than what one power I could have as most characters can have more than one, or upwards of at least 7 powers I can think of when talking about Superman. My default power that I would love to have is teleportation if I can have it without being disoriented or nausious after using it. I love the idea of teleportation and would have so much fun blinking around the world

  2. September 13, 2012

    I always thought it would be bad-ass to have powers like the Shadow.. but, really, what do you do with those now a days?

    Cloud people’s minds? It’s sort of a non-starter since most people barely pay attention anyway.

    plus the rest just sort of seems .. creepy. I mean, I don’t think the Shadow is getting much play from the ladies when your powers are.. like.. creepy laughter and invisibility-kind-of-sort-of.

  3. September 14, 2012

    You are not the first person I know to choose teleportation. It does seem like a pretty bad ass power. I would probably use it for simple stuff like crossing a room

  4. September 14, 2012

    A shadowed creature with with creepy laughter…..what lady wouldn’t find that hot! :p

  5. September 17, 2012

    Invincibility has to be number 1 on my list. Who cares if you can’t fly, if you jump off a building and crash into the ground just to get up and walk away.

    Super strength wouldn’t mean much if you could just take a beating as well.

    So invincibility is #1 in my books. It reminds me of Unbreakable with Bruce Willis. That was one of his powers and you can be succesful with just that one.

  6. Laura
    September 19, 2012

    Captain (Ms.) Marvel. Absorb energy, super strength, flight? All awesome in my books

  7. September 20, 2012

    Wolverine all the way.

  8. September 23, 2012

    Plus, awesome outfit!

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