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.