First of all, I can’t help but wonder what has got Bulletman and Bulletgirl so spooked. Probably something involving wire hangers or some such… Either way, a recent viewing of the Batman: Brave & The Bold episode entitled “Joker: Vile & The Villainous” got me to thinking about the nature of what I call “The Conceptual Hero.” For example, Spider-Man’s combo platter of powers don’t really make sense unless you’re trying to roughly emulate the abilities of a spider who happens to be a low-grade psychic. Most of Superman’s power-set makes sense as an extrapolation of the physical abilities of a human being, but why does he also have eyebeams? (Answer: Because it looks cool.) One would expect that a character named Bulletman would fly at high speeds and crash through barriers and stuff, but you can’t immediately leap to that conclusion for some named Blue Beetle or Mister Fantastic.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is entertaining offers to join the Civic-Minded Five, asking: When discussing superhero powers, do you mind when a character has an inexplicable ability (spider-sense, heat vision, bat-shark repellant) or is it perfectly fine that, for instance, The Hulk has the completely inexplicable ability to see astral forms?