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Bryan’s Question of the Week deals with where superheroes get their powers.

As a basic superhero premise, which do you prefer?

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Stephen Schleicher

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6 Comments

  1. Baal
    April 23, 2008 at 1:39 am — Reply

    I went with born with powers just because that set up cuts through the crap that a poor origin can spread around.

  2. Michael
    April 23, 2008 at 3:17 pm — Reply

    What about the Gained Powers/Extraordinary Abilities through intense training/gadgetry. I mean you’re cutting off a whole section of Batman/Iron Man and assorted Clones.

  3. April 23, 2008 at 8:17 pm — Reply

    I actually was thinking the Special Training/Gagetter characters myself. My favorites are ones like Green Arrow, Hawkeye, Blue Beetle, etc.

    But, since that option is not here, I go with Magical. In a well constructed world with magic laws. You must have boundaries.

  4. Josh R.
    April 24, 2008 at 2:40 am — Reply

    and what about “given powers” like Green Lantern? doesn’t quite fit under the other categories…

  5. April 24, 2008 at 10:21 am — Reply

    I think the GL powers could be classified under the Alien powers.

  6. Morpheus11
    April 29, 2008 at 2:23 pm — Reply

    I went with born with powers b/c it forces the character into places that everyone goes through. I am sure everyone here has experienced being bullied or picked on in your youth. What would you have done if you were born with a special power in those situations?

    My second choice would be getting powers by an accident. But, really how many people have been to a lab where they are working with radioactive elements.

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