Quick question, how does kitty breathe when she is intangible?
"Something in the metal did something to her" was the explanation in Astonishing...
However I for one don't mind upping her powers to make her virtually immortal. It fits with the upgrade of Wolverine, Iceman, (arguably) Cyclops, and even the "blue"/cat upgrades of Beast, and Archangel/healing blood upgrades of Warren.
In the meanwhile, Ultimate Kitty Pryde has done some neat stuff w/ her powers. I can't wait for them to start the focus on her again.
Actually, the first time that Shadowcat (although she was Sprite at the time) walked on air was back in the early 80s in Uncanny X-men #141.
As for the breathing, at first Kitty had to hold her breath while inside a solid object (because there is no air in solid objects). There is some inconsistency as to her breathing while phased in the open air. Usually she can, as I believe she did the first time that she was trapped in intangible form. But every so often there is an issue (I can't recall the number, but Rachel had joined the team recently) where she says that she needs to go solid to take a breath. More recently, in Astonishing X-Men, she got trapped on a bullet in space and then trapped in a phasing state. During that time, she did not need to breathe, eat, drink, or even go to the bathroom (I am making an assumption on that last one). Then, someone from Breakworld killed her and resurrected her, which "fixed" her. That is, she was no longer stuck in intangible mode. However, I have yet to see if she retained the ability to not need to breathe while phasing.
I hope that helped =P
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