DC Day Explained: Why Apollo Is “Faster Than A Speeding Bullet!”

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In 'Coup D'Etat: The Authority' (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil "faster than a speeding bullet."
In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil “faster than a speeding bullet”. AP Photo/DC Comics

IN DC DAY EXPLAINED

IS APOLLO “FASTER THAN SPEEDING BULLET”?

In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, Apollo flies “faster than a speeding bullet.”1 The Authority must face an invasion by the Vigil, who are an extra-dimensional race from the Bleed that are gigantic in stature.

As the Vigil invade Earth, Apollo asks Angie: “You know the phrase, ‘faster than a speeding bullet?'” Then, he flies into the Vigil. How fast is Apollo flying through the Vigil? The question can be answered by estimating another feat by Apollo in the first issue of the storyline.

In 'Coup D'Etat: The Authority' (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil "faster than a speeding bullet."
In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil “faster than a speeding bullet”. AP Photo/DC Comics

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APOLLO CAN DODGE METEORITES

In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1, the Authority are on the scene of the disaster in Florida. The U.S. government attempted to invade the Bleed with a probe. However, the probe exploded in the Bleed and destroyed a shiftship boarded by the Vigil. The Vigil fell to Earth and looked at first like meteors.

What is the speed of meteors? The speed of meteorites falling to the ground approach 72,000 m/s. In comparison, the speed of a speeding bullet is about 1,220 m/s. In order to dodge the Vigil falling to the ground, Apollo had to fly Midnighter at 59 times the speed of sound. That is definitely faster than a speeding bullet.

 

Meteoroids enter the earth’s atmosphere at very high speeds, ranging from 11 km/sec to 72 km/sec (25,000 mph to 160,000 mph). However, similar to firing a bullet into water, the meteoroid will rapidly decelerate as it penetrates into increasingly denser portions of the atmosphere. This is especially true in the lower layers, since 90 % of the earth’s atmospheric mass lies below 12 km (7 miles / 39,000 ft) of height.

-Fireball FAQs, American Meteor Society
In 'Coup D'etat' (2004) #1, the shiftship's crew are falling on re-entry to Florida through hull breaches.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1, the shiftship’s crew are falling on re-entry to Florida through hull breaches. AP Photo/DC Comics.

SOURCES

Coup d’État: Sleeper Vol 1 1 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Coup d’Etat: Sleeper #1.

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