Traditionally, the supers of the world have brought safety to their hometowns.  Central City flourishes under The Flash’s protection, the people of Bangalia never feared under the watchful gaze of The Phantom…  Heck, even Gotham City used to be a nice place to live, albeit one filled with a lot of abandoned warehouses full of giant props.  These days, though, proximity to superheroes tends to be a bad thing, as the second half of ‘Man Of Steel’ proved quite pyroclastically, and background characters are as likely to get caught in a hail of shrapnel as they are to be saved from calamity.  Call it the Grover Paradox:  If Superhumans were real, would we want get anywhere near them?  Even the poor residents of Beach City have taken their lumps due to the closeness of the Crystal Gems, heady stuff for a cartoon aimed at youngsters, leading us to today’s collateral damage query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that Beach City is lovely this time of year, asking: If superhumans were real, would you want to be near them or as far away as possible?


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  1. That would depend on what kind of world we’d live in, but I assume its this one, just that superheroes exist. In this case, I’d stay as far away from the as possible. Its same as with military bases, nuclear weapon sites, volcanos and other high risk areas.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    I’m not sure I’d have much say in it, just like I don’t have much say in how close I live to gun enthusiasts, pot smokers, or insurance salesmen. As long as the super-powered exercised good citizenship, I’m sure I’d be fine.

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