i don't like it
Off My Mind: The Dangers of Flash's New Powers
I have always hated Super Speed as a power for a character - whether it be a hero or villain. Why? There is just no way to make this power work, realistically. So you have super speed? OK, first you've got to develop some sort of costume that can withstand high-velocity wind and projectiles. Where do you get that kevlar suit from? Better make sure you are covered from head to toe in the stuff, or else you're going to have an insect penetrate your body and kill you. What happens when you trip? You're dead, of course. Changing clothes at super speed? Impossible. Your clothes would immediately rip, buttons would pop off, zippers would get wrecked, etc. etc. Same goes for doing pretty much any day-to-day task. Trying to read a newspaper, drink your cup of coffee, talking to a co-worker, or cooking a meal at super speed would all end in disaster.
This is why I can never like The Flash or any other speedster. I can't read the comics without just criticising everything I see.
like other powers don't have their problems, its not just super speed:
@Igotsomethingtosay: I agree totally man. I did see that link someone else posted about mandatory secondary powers and I guess that's the only way to accept super speed. Personally I've already gone beyond the point of criticising the 'how' of Flash's powers, now I'm constantly wondering why doesn't he go at top speed the whole time.
I mean some one with Flash's powers should never ever be hit, (that may change with this re-imagining of him but I'm sure well see him take a punch from someone besides superman)
In fact I find superman more believable, he states numerous times that he pulls his punches and most of his weaknesses come from his personality, magic [ >:( ] and krytonite/lead which I find totally cool.
Last thing. I also hate superpowers that are aimed to be founded on science, mainly Spidermans Spidey sense (ive heard they're getting rid of it, hopefully) which was based on flies, spiders and any other insect with compound eyes ability to detect the smallest movements and evade destruction under human hand or newspaper. But then spiderman somehow exhibits this power without and sort of compound eye, essentially making it magic which pushes the believability of that character right out the window for me.
There I had my little Spiderman rant so I'll just go.
Well, you'd hear more people ask for superspeed among the posters on the Rumbles board of CBR. There, based on the rules, speed kills mercilessly.
Personally I'd take Madrox's powers if I couldn't be assured of safe usage of superspeed.
That being said, didn't Wally do a lot of weird stuff that would have required supercognition? Things like teaching himself civil engineering to build a bridge to build a new one as the cars on the old one are falling off it?
His new thinking speed would mean that he would be able to read super fast and be able to process it very quickly.
He was already doing that though. This does open up some interesting story opportunities, but I too am worried about how powerful Flash is.
"i got time to think about the beauty of, a thousand variations of the beating of a hummingbird suspended in the air"
Didn't Bart Allen already have a hyperactive mind? And since Barry was a SCIENTIST, a THINKER,... wasn't he already more of a PLANNER? This "augmented cognition" sounds like something with a lot of lab experiments on monkey brains, and therefore cruel. Scary to me, and makes me like the Flash less. In the Flash TV series, Tina DOES mention something of this sort
i think the real disadvantage here is psychological.
in psychology there is something called behaviour analysis. people who use it become adept at reading the behaviour of others ... anyone who uses this technique regularly is at a social disadvantage in that they stop being surprised by people. good and bad actions are anticipated and it takes the joy out of life a little bit. knowing when someone is surprising you for your birthday party or knowing your spouse is cheating on you or lying.
predictive behaviour would be somewhat similar, i imagine. if you are constantly analyzing the world around you and predicting what happens next - life loses a little bit of it's wonder and that could be incredibly depressing for the person doing it.
Is this what we comic book readers have been reduced too? Unable to be pleased with anything what so ever? This guy is too powerful that guy is used too much, his movie was awful her writing is terrible. It just seems like all I ever see is people complaining about everything and anything. People complain about powers, weaknesses, stories, writers, events, guest appearances, replacements, ascensions, race,characters, costumes, movies, off spring, deaths, resurrections, art, universes, retcon's, relaunches, romances, etc it's crazy. Is there anything that the comic book business can do right for some of you?
Oh yeah The Flash is dope!
Flash can now think better than Batman? I'm sure Bruce has thought of that already and has a plan for it.
The only time you'll see the two interact is in Justice League, which is written by Geoff Johns so you don't have to worry about Batman being a better fighter, a better engineer, smarter, or anything else over another member. He'll only be good for gettin smacked around!
It's not that this is a new ability, it's a new awareness of his ability. He's always been able to think at high speeds, but he's never really considered actively tapping into the speed force to enhance his cognitive processes, which is what he's doing now.
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