Sunday, July 17, 2005

Very nearly a month ago, Doug memed me, and I've been putting it off ever since. Time to take the plunge.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? (Assume you also get baseline superhero enhancements like moderately increased strength, endurance and agility.)

My first instinct was to say "teleportation." Imagine the money you could make delivering packages instantly. But that's greed (& a desire for travel) talking. What I would really want would be a Green Lantern power ring. Who wouldn't want the power to create anything you can imagine? For a while, there seemed to be an editorial decree that any comic featuring GL had to mention that the ring was "the most powerful weapon in the universe," but really it's the most versatile tool in the universe, and weapon is just a subset of the things you can do with it.

Which, if any, 'existing' superhero(es) do you fancy, and why?

I'm assuming we're talking a British usage of "fancy," so I have to say that since most superheroes are poorly-drawn & -written cariacatures that bear little resemblance to actual people, I can't think of any who I like "that" way. (Altough I will admit to a high-school crush on Storm from the X-Men, particular when she had a mohawk*.)

But if you forced me to answer, I'd have to say Ms. Kyle from PS238. She is a former superhero who is now an elementary school teacher.

Which, if any, 'existing' superhero(es) do you hate?

While I still read plenty of superhero comics, I can't get worked up enough about the characters to hate any of them. (Creators, on the other hand...)

OK, here’s the tough one. What would your superhero name be? (No prefab porn-name formulas here, you have to make up the name you think you’d be proud to mask under.)

Well, considering that the only extraordinary ability I seem to possess is an amazing capacity for remembering useless information (often about comic books), I think my superhero name is The Trivianator.

For extra credit: Is there an ‘existing’ superhero with whom you identify/whom you would like to be?

Like Doug, there was a time when I identified with Spider-Man, but not so much anymore. As for wanting to be one, hell no. I have plenty of angst in my life as it is, and I just don't think I'm up to handling great responsibility.

Pass it on. Three people please, and why they’re the wind beneath your wings.

Nope. I'm only passing this on to one person: Michael, because he's the only person I know well enough to ask to do this who both reads comics & has a weblog (other than Doug, who passed this on to me).

*I am annoyed that I was unable to find a picture of her from this era.


xire said...

hm, did i forget to tell you have a blog?

(filled with embarrasing material for all parties involved)

Philip said...

If you did, I'm afraid I completely forgot. Consider yourself memed.

xire said...

so, i'm suppose to answer the questions and then ask 5 other people?

Philip said...

Basically, but feel free to skip the last part if you like. It feels a bit too much like a chain letter for me to feel entirely comfortable with it