He can do it too! I was just looking through the first Legion Archive and the second story has this thing where Superboy shouts and the vibrations neutralize a harmful element.Oh, and I've written up the missing part of Gravity Girl's story in my Thursday of Two Worlds feature. Much thanks for sending me the panel, Blockade Boy!
Y'know, Silver-Age Superman/boy gives poor ol' Dr. Manhattan a run for his money in the "astonishing abilities" department. What's more, he does it in the down-home, hands-on, good ol'fashioned way!
Siskoid: You're welcome, and thanks for the plug! Great post, too. (When are they going to finish that damned interdimensional brick wall, anyway? (There's probably half-a-dozen Interdimensional Teamsters sitting on their fat asses and drinking coffee just off-panel.)Chawunky: Yup, he does his super-deeds the exact same way a five-year-old would, playing Superboy. *waves hands* "All fixed!"
This gloriously stupid story about tricks and secret identities only hammers home (once you've absorbed all the more blatant stupid parts, as commented on by all in previous posts) how stupid Superboy's own secret identity is. HE WEARS NO MASK YOU IDIOTS. YOU HAVE KNOWN HIM SINCE HE WAS A TODDLER. HE'S STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO YOU.
At the risk of exposing my almost Storm Boy-esque overestimation of by own abilities, I'd like to try to rescue this story from the crapper.Dropping the secret identity games would be a good first step, and would make GG much less painful to look at. Since Lana Lang is an attention-seeking busy-body, why not let her identity be public? This would motivate Superboy's jealousy, since he doesn't have this luxury. Unfortunately, GG's desire for approval, lack of judgement, and limited powers cause havoc in Smallville.Superboy, of course, is conflicted -- on the one hand, "Hey! Cute girl with powers and a crush on me!", on the other hand, "Great Rao, she's going to get someone killed -- maybe even herself!"I like the idea of a fake-out ending, where Superboy tries, and fails, to talk her out of her career as a super-hero. Then the batteries on the alien artifact go flat...
Chance: Proving, once again, that everybody in Smallville is rock-stupid.Dave: Sounds good to me! Especially getting rid of the secret identity melodrama. I know it's a beloved trope of the genre but it's never appealed to me and it's been done to death.
"Is he going to rub the table back together, too?"Silly people. He'll fuse the wood back together with heat. Duh.
Scipio: Maybe he should just use his power of super-hypnosis and make Lana and the Professor just think the table is repaired. It'd be a whole lot faster.
But would certainly make for some slow and confusing breakfasts at the Lang household.
Post a Comment