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Wiki Preview: Beast Boy Changes Into A Python

 

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In JLA (2003) #89, Flash evacuates 532000 men and women from Chongjin destroyed in a nuclear explosion at the speed of light.
In JLA (2003) #89, Flash performs a super speed feat. In the issue, Wally evacuates 532000 men and women from Chongjin destroyed in a nuclear explosion at the speed of light. DC Comics.

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DB Comics Mailbag: How Come Kitty Pryde Didn’t Starve To Death When She Was Permanently Phased?

In 'Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men' (2008) #1, Shadowcat phases a 10-mile bullet through Earth.
 

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AT HER PEAK, SHADOWCAT CAN PHASE AN INTER-PLANETARY BULLET THROUGH EARTH

In 'Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men' (2008) #1, Shadowcat phases a 10-mile bullet through Earth.
In Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men (2008) #1, Shadowcat phases a 10-mile bullet through Earth. Marvel Comics.

To begin, Shadowcat has often been the most disrespected member of the X-Men. Indeed, her mutant super power allows her to phase through solid objects. Nonetheless, her bashfulness, youth and fear have often caused her some issues. But all that changed.

In one remarkable story, Kitty Pryde is called upon to save the Earth from impending doom. Particularly, the X-Men are on a mission to Breakworld to prevent the destruction of Earth. On Breakworld, the planet is governed according to prophecies viewed on “timeshadows.”1 Violently, the planet had been at constant war. In order to investigate the prophecy of a mutant that would cause the end of Breakworld, the X-Men travel there. As it turns out, the prophecy referred to Colossus.

When Powerlord Kruun activated Retaliator from their orbiting moon, the 10-mile bullet was fired on a collision course with Earth-616. Immediately, Shadowcat phased through the bullet attempting to alter its navigation systems. However, with no navigation systems inside, Kitty was forced to use her mutant powers. Meanwhile, the X-Men and Earth’s heroes banded together to avert the cataclysm. However, the bullet’s magic was too powerful providing them with fantasies about victories. Finally, summoning all her might, Shadowcat phased the bullet all the way through Earth. In the end, she seemed permanently merged with the bullet in space where she stayed for a duration of two years.

Really, when we rate this feat, Kitty’s energy projection required her to phase a 10-mile bullet traveling at stellar speed. In fact, in the comic, we get the information that the bullet had a gravitational slingshot around Desirius-Beta, which is 8.6 light years or 8.136*1016 meters away from Earth. At eight minutes from a collision with Earth, the bullet was traveling Faster-Than-Light at 1.695*1014 m/s. Overall, the kinetic energy of the bullet was at least 2.87*1028 Joules. In order words, Shadowcat had to perform a Stellar-Level of Energy Projection.

Now, let’s answer the user’s question by looking at how Kitty’s powers work when phased.

A GHOST, KITTY WOULD NOT NEED TO EAT NOR BREATHE WHEN PHASED

3. SHADOWCAT CAN AIR WALK

In 'Kitty Pryde and Wolverine' (1985) #5, Kitty Pryde has to concentrate to walk on air.
In Kitty Pryde and Wolverine (1985) #5, Kitty Pryde has to concentrate to walk on air. Marvel Comics.

In Kitty Pryde and Wolverine (1985) #5, Kitty Pryde becomes Shadowcat for the first time. To this end, she travels to Tokyo in order to warn Heiji Shigematsu to stop threatening her father.

During the issue, Kitty displays her famous ability to walk on air. Though the physics of this super power are unclear, basically, Kitty is able to become less dense than air. At the same time, she phases all her atoms through the air molecules. Really, she would have to phase her 7 octillion or 7*1027 atoms to become less denser than 1.225 kg/m3. In each cubic meter of air, she would have to phase at least 2.53 x 10^25 atoms. For 4.74 m3, that’s less than 5.81 kg.

Theoretically, being less dense than air would enable to not need to breathe. However, it should be noted that it is a mental or psionic process in the case of Kitty that requires concentration.

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2. SHADOWCAT CAN DISRUPT CIRCUITRY AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

In 'Uncanny X-Men' (1999) #367, Kitty Pryde disrupts the Acolytes' Gravimetric Pulse Ship.
In Uncanny X-Men (1999) #367, Kitty Pryde disrupts the Acolytes’ Gravimetric Pulse Ship. Marvel Comics.

In many respects, an indication of Kitty’s phasing powers, is her ability to disrupt circuitry and electrical systems. In Uncanny X-Men (1999) #367, Kitty Pryde and the X-Men are fighting the Magneto War. Namely, Magneto with his Acolytes have unleashed an EMP over the Earth. To this end, he demands that the UN cede land for a mutant sanctuary. Against Magneto are the X-Men. During the battle, Shadowcat disrupts the Acolytes’ Gravimetric Pulse ship’s electrical systems.

In some sense, Shadowcat’s psionic powers are purely physical. It appears phasing her atoms between the atoms of solid objects, allows her to disrupt the force of electromagnetism. Likely, she affects the directional movement of electrically charged particles – these include protons and electrons – necessary to create a current.

In some respects, Shadowcat affects matter at the atomic level by disrupting electromagnetic and electrical forces. This seems to indicate that in a phased state, her mind and body supply electrical energy. And the average human produces 100 watts at rest, which is less than 10 percent of the 1250 W that a house consumes every hour. Definitely, this is a Peak Human-Level feat.

1. IN THE PERMANENT PHASED STATE, SHADOWCAT DOES NOT NEED TO EAT

After the Breakworld bullet, Kitty Pryde remained in space for an extended period of time. Furthermore, she stayed without need for food.

In theory, the ability to phase through solid objects and to walk on air, would preclude the need for air and food. Indeed, in a phased state, Kitty’s body is either fully or partially intangible. At the same time, the loss of the need for air means there would be no biochemistry involved, since oxygen is needed to carry out the living reactions of the body. As such, Shadowcat would not need food. In effect, in her phased state she is a ghost.

ANSWER:

In her phased state, Shadowcat is a ghost and without the need for air, precludes the need for the biochemistry of life. Therefore, she would not need food.


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DB Comics Mailbag: How Do Punches From The Flash Hurt Superman?

In 'The Flash' (2016) #7, Flash (Barry Allen) strikes Godspeed with a lightning punch.
 

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AT A BASE LEVEL, FLASH IS STRONG ENOUGH TO CARRY A ROOM

The Flash (Barry Allen) suiting up.
The Flash (Barry Allen) suiting up. DC Comics.

In many respects, Flash has been described as the most powerful DC hero. Though Superman is the king in the super strength department, even dethroning other Marvel powerhouses, Flash is no slouch. At a base level, Flash is strong enough to carry a room. Let’s explain.

In The Brave and The Bold (1972) #99, Batman is possessed by the ghost of Manuel, who died 50 years ago. Each night the episode repeats itself. In order to seek help, Batman contacts Flash (Barry Allen). Together, they travel to the spirit world and find the truth. To this end, Manuel is attempting to find bodies to possess in the realm of the living. Soon, Flash and Batman uncover the source of the possession: A black Egyptian Ankh. In the end, mustering his strength, Flash tosses the mystic Ankh into outer space. Finally, Batman is freed from the possession.

Really, when we rate this feat, Flash’s super strength required him to propel the object strong enough to reach escape velocity. Per our calculations, a 1 kg object would need 63684687.7848 Joules of energy in order to reach escape velocity. When we convert into mass, we realize Flash is strong enough to carry 1.142 tons, at least the mass of the average room.

Now, let’s answer the user’s question by looking at the main two Flashes, Barry Allen and Wally West.

How Flash’s Punches Can Hurt Superman

3. THE SPEEDBLITZ:

In 'Flash' (1991) #47, Flash hits Gorilla Grodd with a speedblitz of three thousand punches.
In The Flash (1991) #47, Flash hits Gorilla Grodd with a speedblitz of three thousand punches.

Among Flash’s signature attacks is the speedblitz. Generally, many speedsters in the DC Universe can perform this technique, including Superman. Particularly, Wally West has performed this technique on Gorilla Grodd. In Feat: Nightwing, ‘Outsiders’ #3, we calculated that Grodd’s skin is at least 0.42 times as durable as bone. Since we used the 1 ton Metahuman Strength-Level as baseline, Grodd’s durability is likely higher.

In the issue, Flash hit Gorilla Grodd with 3000 punches in a few seconds. However, hitting Superman with 3000 punches that can shatter a room does add up. The added energy is 1.91*1011 Joules which is more than the energy released by a 1-ton nuke. Of course, we know Superman can take a nuke. In fact, he can survive a million nuclear blasts. However, depending on the incarnations, the speedblitz can hurt weaker Superman versions.

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2. LIGHTNING STRIKES/PUNCHES

In 'The Flash' (2016) #7, Flash (Barry Allen) strikes Godspeed with a lightning punch.
In The Flash (2016) #7, Flash (Barry Allen) strikes Godspeed with a lightning punch. DC Comics.

In the live-action CW The Flash series, the eponymous hero has developed multiple super powers as the seasons progress. Namely, he has the ability to generate and strike his foes with lightning. In The Flash: The Complete Third Season, Flash (Barry Allen) matches Savitar’s lightning bolt. The Marvel & DC Wiki at Fandom, ranks this feat as Small City-Level.

In the comic medium, Barry has developed this ability in the Rebirth continuity. In The Flash: Lightning Strikes Twice, Flash empowers the citizens of Central City with the Speed Force, creating new speedsters. Now, he has to face Godspeed, an enemy who can be at two places at the same time.

Early in the battle, Barry strikes Godspeed with a lightning punch, knocking him back. Then, in no condition to fight, Flash runs away. Typically, a lightning bolt can release one billion Joules of energy. In fact, this is powerful enough to power a city block. Also, given that Barry’s Speed Force powered an entire city, the lightning bolts are potentially City Level. For his part, Superman has shown varying degrees of resistance to lightning and electricity, even magical lightning.

1. INFINITE MASS PUNCH

In 'JLA' (1997) #3, Flash remembers the Flash fact to use the infinite mass punch against Zum.
In JLA (1997) #3, Flash remembers the Flash fact to use the infinite mass punch against Zum. DC Comics.

In our Infinite Mass Punch (IMP) article, we mentioned that Flash has Infinite kinetic energy potential since he is a Speed Force Conduit. In effect, Flash can punch Superman with infinite force. You can register for a free membership in order to view our feat rating for Flash, Wally West, JLA Vol 1 #3.

At the same time, in his battle with Zum, Flash used the IMP and hit the time-traveling villain with the mass of a white dwarf star. In a battle with Superman, Flash can strike the Man of Steel with Infinite Level of Super Strength.

ANSWER:

In a battle with Superman, Flash can amp the impact force of his punches by accelerating near light speed. In effect, Flash can hit with infinite super strength.


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REFERENCES

The Brave and the Bold Vol 1 99 in DC Database.
The Flash #47 in DC Database.
The Flash Vol 5 7 in DC Database.
Flash (CW) in Marvel & DC Wiki.
JLA Vol 1 3 in DC Database.