Is Superman Too "Super?"
Just what am I talking about?
For years people have watched Superman battle the forces of evil and save the day sometimes worried if he will make it. Well I haven't been reading about the man of steel all my life, I only just started since the new 52. But I don't think we have to worry about Superman's health to much, as he seems like a god and therefore as no real limits to what he can or can't do. Don't follow? Well allow me to break it down so you can see just what I am talking about. And if you still don't agree then let me know by voting. now lets see just what we are working with.
The Man of Steel! Superman!
Real Name: (Birth) Kal-El (Adopted) Clark Joseph/Jerome Kent
First Appearance: Action Comics #1
In case you didn't know. During the last few hours of the dying planet krypton, Jor-El (in a desperate attempt to save his son's life) sent little Kal-El on a rocket to earth, where he was then found and adopted by a Jonathon and Martha Kent and was named Clark. However Clark was not like other boys, under the yellow sun he would grow up to become the godlike being none as Superman. Seeing his powers as a means to help those in need, Superman fights a never ending battle of truth and justice. sometimes he defends the world from threats from afar and sometimes he must defend the world from itself but wherever it may come from you can trust that Superman will stand tall and defend those in need.
Power 1, Invincibility
Okay to understand what I mean we need to look at his powers, so lets start with the one that complements the photo above. Superman is without a shadow of a doubt impervious to nearly anything on earth, having preformed such impossible feats such as flying through the sun and coming out unharmed, surviving impacts equivalent to that of 8 nuclear warheads and coming out of it unharmed. His body his immune to all viruses and toxins. And he been seen to skirt the photosphere of the sun (100,000,000 degrees F). It would seem even alien weapons have little effect on him. Superman has even been shown withstanding Darkseid's Omega Beams, a feat that was previously considered impossible. Superman was able to survive the nuclear destruction of the entire moon in the year 2995 when he was stuck in the future. The moon had been lined with sufficient nuclear devices to disintegrate it in one shot and Superman was in the center and survived without being hurt at all. Most likely his greatest feat of durability recently is that he was able to withstand the destructive power of a sun going nova and exploding, which was a result of Brainiac’s technology; this blast was at point-blank range to the planet he was on, which was eradicated by the force of the explosion with the rest of the surrounding system, and he survived without any visible physical damage, though the explosion did knock him out. However if in the rare case he is hurt, he can heal nearly instantaneously. So you can see he is one tough nut, but we have only scratched the surface.
Power 2 and 3, Super Strength and and Stamina
The limit to Superman's strength is unknown. Although it seems well excepted that it exceeds that of 1,000,000 tons. So from that alone he should be able to lift even Godzilla and throw him around. Shoot, he even has been seen pushing the entire earth away from the sun when the cosmic entity called Starbreaker was pushing it toward the sun. I could go on like this but we have other powers to cover.
Another power that fits right in here is his stamina.. Most recently Superman has been seen bench pressing the weight of the Earth (approximately 6 sextillion tons) for 5 days, while inside the Earth itself (and thus deprived of replenishing his reserves of solar energy). Enough said.
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Power 4, 5 and 6, Speed, Sight and Hearing
One of the oldest questions in the DC Universe is "Who is faster Superman or the Flash". According to official sources the Flash is faster. However Superman can still run faster then the speed of light, and if he can not run fast enough then surly he can fly fast enough. he was seen running steadily alongside the Flash at a speed of 2000 miles per second (around Mach 9350). He has been seen flying from the Moon to the Earth in less than 2 minutes. Superman is so fast that he is even able to vibrate his molecules and through punches akin to what the Flash can do as seen in his fight with Doomsday.
Now we move on to his sight. Superman has many different sights, including his famous Heat vision which is able to rival the heat of a star. The area of effect can be consciously determined by Superman, down to the microscopic level. Recent stories imply the precision is so exact it can bypass a target's outer shell, not causing damage to a person's skull for surgical purposes. He also has, Microscopic, Telescopic, Ultraviolet and X-ray vision. but I doubt he spends much time looking at women naked through there cloths.
Let think hear, aw yes Superman's super hearing. let put this quickly and simply. He can hear a man drooping a pin on the other side of the planet. good luck escaping this guy.
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Why not Supergirl
Naturally Supergirl has all the same powers as her cousin Superman, however Supergirl does not have the same level of focus that Superman possess. Also She may not be as smart has him. Not really a power but Superman has demonstrated vast intelligence capable of not only maintaining his fortress of solitude but also able to build highly sophisticated robots. Supergirl has never preformed these feats of the mind and has even blundered and been quick to anger. Thus this kinda makes her more human then the man of steel.
I like Supergirl more than Superman for her great power but extremely relate-able personality and problems. I haven't been reading ether of them for to long now but Superman is a little harder to follow mostly because he is part of so many different comics like Action comics, Superman Unchained, Justice League and more, Supergirl on the other hand doesn't jump between all these different series, and is more focused on trying to figure out her own life and less about trying to save the world like her cousin. This makes her more human still since we all have that struggle trying to figure out just where we stand and where we should go in our busy lives as apposed to Superman who seems to have everything ether laid out for him or figured out within a very short time.
What do you think?
Am I right? Is Superman too super?
don't get me wrong, I like Superman, and I have only started reading his comics since the new 52. But it takes away much of the drama when he can survive and do anything. Supergirl can't do anything, which is why I enjoy Supergirl more and why I say Superman is just to "Super".