Storm Vs. The Mighty El Niño


I think about superpowers a lot.

I’m in the habit of asking people what they would want for a superpower.  Almost unsurprisingly, most people want abilities that would help themselves out in everyday life.  Teleportation, is very popular as well as the ability to read minds, and telekinesis. My girlfriend, who is not a comic fan, wants weather control, which would be cool, but maybe not super useful hear in L.A. since the weather is generally always nice. But, I suppose if she had the power to control the climate she could make it storm and end this terrible drought.

That’s when I realized that Storm kind of sucks.  Instead of squaring off with villains, she could use her talents to end droughts and inclement weather.  Now I understand that Storm’s powers don’t exactly work that way (or at least I understood after a few of my co-workers calmly explained why my theories are “harsh”).  Storm has to pull the weather pattern from another part in the world, meaning, if she wants it to rain in one part of the world she has to pull the rain clouds from other parts of the world.  I explained that she could probably spare to pull some clouds from Seattle or Vancouver, perhaps even clouds over the ocean.  Some thought it might not work that way, that she just pulls random rain clouds when she creates her storms.  Maybe, but wouldn’t that mean every time someone robs a bank Storm might be causing large parts of the Earth to dry up.  If so, Storm kind of sucks.

Perhaps I’m unfair.  Most superheroes could do better.  Superman could run around in a hamster wheel generator and power entire cities in a couple of hours, sounds a lot more useful than that newspaper job of his.


People Hate Superman

Is anyone else excited to see the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, this weekend? Perhaps I should’ve waited until after seeing Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan, and David Goyer’s Superman film before I posted this, because maybe Superman might have something else to be sad about, but I couldn’t wait to nerd out about one of my favorite superheroes.


People tend to not like Superman.  Most people complain that he is too powerful and that he’s not relatable.  He is unlike anyone else on Earth, doesn’t fit in with society, and has a tormenting secret inside of him.  He sounds like most high schoolers, especially the comic book readers and other nerdy folk.  He also doesn’t have a feeling of home or know what it is to be with his own kind.  So why do people not find him relatable?  I guess it is because at the end of the day he is super powerful, good looking, and has a love interest that pines for him.  In short, the nerdy kid never wants to read about the jock who only pretends to be the dorky Clark Kent.

I understand people’s dislike, however the fact that he is not like me is fascinating.  With all that said, I hope I am not disappointed tomorrow.