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DB Comics Mailbag: How Do Poison Ivy’s Powers Work?

 

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AT A BASE LEVEL, POISON IVY CAN BRING DOWN A SEVEN-STORY BUILDING WITH TREE VINES

Gotham City Sirens (2011) #18. DC Comics.

In many respects, Poison Ivy has been described as a Gotham City Siren. Among Batman’s rogues she is a powerhouse that has threatened the Dark Knight both physically and mentally. At a base level, she is powerful enough to bring down a building. Let’s explain.

In Gotham City Sirens (2011) #18, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn are out to save Catwoman. Recently, Talia Al Ghul has jealousy over Selina’s feelings for Bruce. As a result, she commissions Zatanna to wipe Selina’s memories of Bruce’s secret identity.

Though Zatanna is conflicted she agrees to keep Batman‘s secret. Meanwhile, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn attack the apartment where Zatanna and Talia are staying with Selina. Powerfully, Pamela topples the apartment building with her vines.

In New York, the average apartment size is about 866 square feet. At about 50 pound per square foot, a seven-story apartment building weighs 303100 pounds or 151.55 tons. Really, the question is to explain how Poison Ivy can produce such chlorokinetic power.

 

POISON IVY IS A CHLOROKINETIC

3. CHLOROKINESIS CAN MOVE TREES TO GIANT SIZE:

Gotham City Sirens (2011) #18. DC Comics.

Concerning Pamela Isley’s accident and become Poison Ivy, read our article. In the Post-Crisis continuity, the villain has vast chlorokinetic powers. Let’s explain. Namely, chlorokinesis is the ability to move plants, trees and organisms containing chlorophyll.

To calculate the insolation needed for the vines to move 30 meters high, we roughly assume a 300 meters squared albedo canopy. Typically, this applies to trees and not vines. However, Poison Ivy’s chlorokinesis is directly depending on light absorption by photosynthesis.

In the issue, Pamela had to generate an Energy Projection of 5111019.38901 Joules. At 30 meters tall, a tree should generate a 0.11 albedo canopy. At 150.97 billion meters, the sun shines 1355.74 Watts per meter squared of light energy on Earth.

Definitely, Poison Ivy performed a Building Level of Energy Projection according to the Power Level Wiki.

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2. WITH TOXIKINESIS, POISON IVY CAN KILL 1000 MEN WITH PURPORTED CARDENOLIDES

In 'Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow' (1992), Pamela Isley is stated to have enough poison to kill a regiment.
Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow (1992). DC Comics.

In Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow (1992), we learn about the extent of Poison Ivy’s toxikinesis. Since Crisis On Infinite Earths, the femme fatale has gained the ability to seduce or kill with a toxic kiss.

Incredibly, her poisoned blood contains thousands of toxins which despite their amount has not killed Poison Ivy. Rather, they have made her stronger. After an exam, we learn the villain’s blood contains enough toxins in her blood to kill a regiment.

At about a 1000 men, her poison is also able to kill an elephant. Recently, it has been found that a species of rats contains a toxin called cardenolide that allows it to kill an elephant in small amount.

Moreover, a small amount of cardenolides is enough to stop a human heart. With 115000 Joules of energy, the human heart beats many times a minute. Since she can kill a thousand men, she can generate 115000000 Joules of energy per day.

At a base level, her toxikinesis produces a Peak Human Level of Energy Projection.

1. THE GREEN IS HER CONNECTION TO EARTH’S BIOMASS

Gotham City Sirens (2009) #4. DC Comics.

Importantly, Poison Ivy is actually a mystic. Indeed, her chlorokinesis actually allows her to tap into an ambient energy called the Green. Really, this power exists within the Earth’s vegetation.

Effectively, Poison Ivy is able to see within the Earth’s biomass across vast distances and sense the events in the environment. As an eco-terrorist, this is very important when she has to solve problems or operate on a large scale. Finally, to answer the user’s question.

Indeed, Poison Ivy’s chlorokinetic cells are photosynthetic. Moreover, her photosynthesis would preclude her need for food, sleep and sex. Since she has access to the Green like Swamp Thing she may even duplicate herself by self-pollination. Visit Batman’s feat reversing her chlorokinesis.

ANSWER:

Really, Poison Ivy’s chlorokinesis is mystical and explains her ability to produce toxins and connect to the Green while maintaining a human appearance.


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Super Power Explained: How Do Superman’s Powers Work?

 

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In Power Level Explained: Superman Shatters Epoch’s Omega Barrier With His Heat Vision, we rated Superman’s Heat Vision feat Galaxy-Level. Now, we attempt to answer a popular question about Superman and his powers.

PHYSIOLOGICALLY, SUPERMAN IS A SOLAR BATTERY

The Man Of Steel (1986) #1. DC Comics.

Perhaps, the most popular question in all of comicdom: How do Superman‘s powers work? There have been multiple explanations for Superman’s fantastic super powers under the yellow sun.

During the Golden Age, his abilities were attributed to Krypton having a higher gravity than Earth, granting Superman a stronger, denser more durable skin.

Over time, the Kryptonian’s powers grew and new explanations were added. During the Silver Age and the Bronze Age, Superman’s powers were explained as the products of Earth’s weaker gravity and the radiation of Earth’s yellow sun.

During that time span, Superman truly became a god-like being capable of moving planets or withstanding nukes.

POST-CRISIS

Post-Crisis, iconic writer and artist John Byrne completely revamped the Superman mythos. In fact, Byrne Superman was again the Last Son of Krypton.

In addition, his humanity mattered more than his alien heritage, as Superman was depicted as a human with superhuman powers.

Controversially, the artist reduced Superman’s powers to a more realistic level in order for the hero to be challenged in stories. As an explanation, Superman’s powers were a manifestation of telekinesis.

As a result, his super powers developed because his Kryptonian cells absorbed yellow solar radiation. After Byrne’s departure, Superman’s powers were again increased to be limitless. Visit Superman’s Powers And Abilities on Fandom.

Though this explanation has proven controversial among fans, let’s explain why John Byrne’s theory makes some sense. Though Superman’s powers and telekinesis are ultimately not mental, but physical.

Now, let’s answer the user’s question by referencing relevant research and the comics.

HOW SUPERMAN’S POWERS WORK

WHY SUPERMAN USES SOME FORM OF TELEKINESIS

1. A BIOLOGICAL MOLECULE THAT ABSORBS LIGHT AND PRODUCES ELECTRICITY

In 'JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice' (2003), Stargirl recharges Superman's powers with sunlight.

In Lex Luthor, Action Comics Annual Vol 1 #11, we explain how Superman’s vulnerability to green kryptonite potentially works. As we know, green kryptonite interferes with a Kryptonian’s ability to absorb yellow sunlight.

From a study, we found that a molecule called xanthopterin may absorb violet light in the Oriental hornet. We hypothesized that Superman uses a homolog of the molecule that evolved in parallel on Krypton.

More importantly, the Oriental hornet absorbs light in order to produce electrical power. Perhaps, this relates to Superman’s bio-electric aura and his superhuman powers under the Earth’s yellow sun.

In a similar process, Superman produces a bio-electric aura that powers his telekinesis. Later, we explain why this process is physical.

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2. SUPERMAN'S BIO-ELECTRIC AURA CAN WORK LIKE A SUPER-CONDUCTOR NEGATING THE EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD

Superman editorial. DC Comics.

Generally speaking, Superman’s bio-electric aura is an addition from Byrne’s revamp of the Superman mythos. As the image explains, Superman’s bio-electric aura explains his invulnerability. Also, it may explain his other super powers. Let’s explain.

Since Superman absorbs yellow sunlight, it is possible that the process reaches very high temperatures allowing him to produce electricity. Though it is unclear how he is able to maintain normal body temperatures and homeostasis.

In 1911, superconductivity was discovered by a student working with the Dutch scientist Karmelingh-Onnes. Centrally, at near absolute zero or at very high temperatures, elements and metals display the ability to conduct electricity with no electrical resistance.

Surprisingly, one remarkable feature of superconductivity is the ability to negate a magnetic field. Indeed, this is called the Meissner Effect named after Walther Meissner who discovered it in 1933. Remarkably, a magnet is able to levitate above a superconductor.

SUPERCONDUCTOR

Similarly, with yellow solar radiation absorption, the Man of Steel is able to act as a superconductor. Effectively, he produces a bio-electric aura that allows him to negate the Earth’s magnetic field at the local level.

Partly, this explains his super powers of flight and invulnerability since he negates the Earth’s magnetic field.

In fact, it may suggest he can be powered by cosmic rays and not just solar radiation. In addition, it explains why his powers of telekinesis are mental and physical since he is able to extend his bio-electric aura in order to perform feats of super strength.

Let’s explain further how super-conductivity allows him to negate gravity.

 

3. SUPERMAN'S TELEKINESIS ALLOWS HIM TO NEGATE GRAVITY ON EARTH TO BREAK THE LAWS OF PHYSICS

In Superman (2004) #207, Superman performs a super speed feat. During the fight, Superman speedblitzes Equus. DC Comics

In Superman, ‘Superman’ Vol 2 #207, we rated Superman’s super speed feat during the For Tomorrow story arc. In a fight against Equus, Superman performed the Speedblitz technique.

Amazingly, with his cells charged by yellow sunlight, Superman is able to break the laws of physics. Let’s explain.

Since we hypothesized Superman is able to act as a superconductor, he is able to negate magnetic fields. Importantly, the Meissner effect predicts he can negate gravity.

GENERAL RELATIVITY

According to Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, gravity affects the space-time continuum. In effect, changing the gravitational field can either speed up or slow time.

Hence, Superman acting as a superconductor allows him to affect the space-time continuum. When Superman negates gravity locally on Earth, we can hypothesize he can move faster or slower in time relative to humans.

Also, this explains in part his super strength. Indeed, he is able to bend space-time with his telekinesis allowing him to lift incalculable amounts of weight. And without telekinesis, the heavy objects Superman lifts would crumble under the weight of gravity.

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4. SUPERMAN'S KRYPTONIAN PHYSIOLOGY MAKES HISE CELLS DENSER AND MORE DURABLE

In 'Superman: Birthright' (2004) #9, Superman protects Lois Lane from gunfire.
In Superman: Birthright (2004) #9, Superman protects Lois Lane from gunfire. DC Comics.

As we already know, Superman is an alien from the planet Krypton. From the beginning, writers have attributed Kal-El’s super powers to Earth having a weaker gravity. For the most part, this explains Superman’s superhuman strength and invulnerability.

With his denser and more durable skin, the Last Son of Krypton has very strong muscles and is able to withstand high impacts, injury, diseases and toxins, as well as blunt force.

Importantly, Superman’s super strength allows him to move planets. Indeed, since his muscle cells are charged with yellow sunlight and metabolize energy with maximum efficiency.

As a result, we can explain his super strength, invulnerability and longevity with the fact his cells produce no fatigue toxins.

 

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WHY SUPERMAN IS A SOLAR REACTOR

LIKE THE SUN, SUPERMAN PROJECTS ENERGY OUT OF HIS BODY

In Superman/Batman (2004) #10, Superman performs an energy projection feat. Superman vaporizes an army of Doomsday “animates” with heat vision on Themyscira. DC Comics

In Superman, ‘Superman/Batman’ Vol 1 #10, we rated Superman’s heat vision against Doomsday animates. Generally, Superman’s heat vision is the most difficult of his super powers to understand.

In some respects, the Man of Steel may function as a solar battery or a reactor. Since the sun is a nuclear reactor, Superman’s cells may function as nuclear reactors.

Though difficult to really reconcile, since the superhero may be radioactive and emit harmful rays. But his heat vision may be one of his most exotic powers. Since he is a solar reactor, Superman should be able to project energy out of his whole body.

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Finally, his other vision powers are likely an enhanced perception from his conversion of electromagnetic radiation.

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ANSWER:

Under the Earth’s yellow sun, we hypothesize that Superman’s denser and more durable cells absorb yellow sunlight to produce bio-electricity.

Thanks to some form of telekinesis and Kryptonian physiology, Superman can negate gravity to break the laws of physics for various effects.

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The Man of Steel (1986—1986) in DC Database.
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Power Level Wiki Preview: In ‘Superman/Batman: Supergirl,’ Batman Re-Programs The Hell Spores On Apokolips

 

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DB Comics Mailbag: “If The Hulk Enveloped A Nuclear Bomb And It Went Off What Would Happen?” (About ‘Tales To Astonish’)

In 'Tales To Astonish' (1964) #62, Hulk survives a gamma bomb at ground zero.
 

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THE HULK HAS SURVIVED NUKES AND GAMMA BOMBS

In 'Tales To Astonish' (1964) #62, Hulk survives a gamma bomb at ground zero.
In Tales To Astonish (1964) #62, Hulk survives a gamma bomb at ground zero. Marvel Comics.

Generally, Hulk has been described as the strongest Marvel hero. At the same time, he may also be the most durable.

Particularly, Hulk’s gamma ray physiology grants him several super powers such as nigh-invulnerability, resistance to injury, superhuman stamina, superhuman durability, a regenerative healing factor and self-regeneration manipulation.

Though other media have been unable to fully do justice to Hulk’s unlimited strength and durability. At the same time, in the comics, the Green Behemoth has displayed tremendous durability and regeneration.

In multiple instances, the Jade Giant has survived nuclear explosions and gamma bombs, even at ground zero.

WHAT ARE GAMMA RAYS?

In Tales To Astonish (1964) #62, Hulk survives a gamma bomb at ground zero. Let’s give additional information about gamma bombs and gamma ray bursts.

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Gamma-rays have the smallest wavelengths and the most energy of any other wave in the electromagnetic spectrum. These waves are generated by radioactive atoms and in nuclear explosions. Gamma-rays can kill living cells, a fact which medicine uses to its advantage, using gamma-rays to kill cancerous cells.

Gamma-rays are the most energetic form of light and are produced by the hottest regions of the universe. They are also produced by such violent events as supernova explosions or the destruction of atoms, and by less dramatic events, such as the decay of radioactive material in space.

Things like supernova explosions (the way massive stars die), neutron stars and pulsars, and black holes are all sources of celestial gamma-rays.

Can you tell me about gamma-ray bursts?

At least once a day, the sky lights up with a spectacular flash of gamma-rays coming from deep space. The brightness of this flash of gamma-rays can temporarily overwhelm all other gamma-ray sources in the universe. The burst can last from a fraction of a second to over a thousand seconds.

The time that the burst occurs and the direction from which it will come cannot be predicted. Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) can release more energy in 10 seconds than the Sun will emit in its entire 10 billion-year lifetime!

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Now, let’s answer the user’s question explaining the Hulk’s superhuman durability.

 

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HOW HULK’S DURABILITY WORKS

3. 800 POUNDS OF BONE MARROW AND MUSCLE TISSUE

In 'Batman vs The Incredible Hulk' Batman performs a super strength feat. During the battle, Batman kicks Hulk at the solar plexus, depriving him of air and making the monster susceptible to sleeping gas.
In ‘Batman vs The Incredible Hulk’ Batman performs a super strength feat. During the battle, Batman kicks Hulk at the solar plexus, depriving him of air and making the monster susceptible to sleeping gas. AP Photo/DC Comics.

First, Hulk’s gamma radiation physiology grants him an extremely tough and durable skin. Thanks to his physiology, the transformation into Hulk adds 800 pounds of bone marrow and muscle tissue to Hulk’s body.

Usually, for a male, the normal body fat percentage is between 2% and 24%. Above, is obesity. In Hulk’s case, his body likely does not have any body fat, or perhaps, a negligible range.

Because of his hundreds of pounds of muscle, Hulk’s strength is definitely superhuman. In comparison, an athlete or bodybuilder can gain four to seven pounds of muscle on average in a year.

Furthermore, strongmen who can bench press up to 900 pounds can weigh up to 400 pounds.

In addition, Hulk has hundreds of pounds of bone marrow. As we know, the bone marrow produces stem cells which differentiate into red blood cells and white blood cells.

For this reason, Hulk likely has a high resistance to toxins and diseases due to having more circulation and a more capable immune system.

Realistically, a muscle can withstand a force of 30-40 Newtons or 3-4 kg. With up to 800 pounds of muscle, Hulk can lift up to 3.2 tons at baseline strength.

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2. HULK’S CELLS ARE LIKELY IMMORTAL

In 'World War Hulk: X-Men' (2007) #1, Hulk's eyes regenerate after they had been clawed out by X-23.
In World War Hulk: X-Men (2007) #1, Hulk’s eyes regenerate after they had been clawed out by X-23. Marvel Comics.

In World War Hulk: X-Men (2007) #1, Hulk seeks revenge on Professor X and the Illuminati after they exiled him to Sakaar. In the issue, Hulk comes to the Xavier Institute For Higher Learning in search of Professor X.

Soon, a battle follows between Hulk and the New X-Men. During the fight, X-23 claws out Hulk’s eyes. Eventually, however, Hulk trounces them. At the end of the fight, Hulk’s eyes have regenerated. How is that possible?

On a regular occasion, x-rays are used in order to treat cancer cells. Certainly, we know cancer cells have the ability to divide for an unlimited amount of time. In fact, they have been termed immortal since they do not undergo cell-programmed apoptosis.

In Hulk’s case, his cells have been mutated by gamma radiation. Also, a remarkable super power the Green Behemoth possesses is the ability to regenerate cells, organs and limbs.

There is little question, that Hulk’s cells are not cancerous, rather, the gamma rays make them radioactive.

As we know, gamma rays are higher in energy than x-rays. At the same time, it is possible that they allow Hulk’s radioactive cells the ability to replicate when destroyed. Likely, the gamma rays allow stem cells to regenerate from damaged cells or destroyed tissue.

In effect, this is a beneficial mutation that creates immortal cells in Hulk.

1. THE MADDER HE GETS, THE STRONGER HE GETS, THE TOUGHER HE GETS

In ‘Incredible Hulk’ (2010) #610, Hulk performs a super strength feat. He reverts to Hulk and his step creates creates earthquakes on the Eastern states. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

During the World War Hulk event, Hulk emerges amped out of the Cathexis Ray Generator. In one of his most popular feats, the superhero creates earthquakes on the Eastern seaboard with his steps.

Generally, the popular phrase about Hulk is true: the madder Hulk gets, the stronger he gets. Also, it is true that his durability also increases with his strength. Together, strength and durability depend on Hulk’s adrenaline levels in the blood.

Potentially, Hulk’s durability is limitless since his rage has been described to be limitless.

For these reasons, Hulk is a tough enemy to put down. In effect, he is invincible since he becomes as strong as his rage allows. Therefore, the only way to defeat the Hulk is to take away his rage.

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ANSWER:

Hulk’s highly durable and muscular skin, immortal cells and dynamic durability allow him to withstand nukes and gamma bombs.


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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, 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 5041000000 Joules of energy in order to reach the speed of a meteor, greater than 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.

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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.

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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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Super Power Explained: In The Marvel Universe, Class 100 Heroes And Villains Who Are More Powerful Than Hulk

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In 'Incredible Hulk' (2007) #102, World War Hulk puts a serious beatdown on Hercules.
In Incredible Hulk (2007) #102, World War Hulk puts a serious beatdown on Hercules. Marvel Comics.

In the Marvel Universe, Hulk sits at the top of the powerhouses. Indeed, his dynamic strength, gamma radiation physiology, regeneration and unlimited strength make him the strongest hero. Visit our article on THE Marvel Universe Strength Hierarchy Ranks The Top 10 Heroes And Villains By The Potential For Infinite Strength.

In the massive World War Hulk crossover, Hulk defeated Earth’s powerhouses to conquer the planet. Finally, his rampage was put to an end in battle against Sentry. At the end of the fight, both warriors reverted to their human forms. However, Bruce Banner was the last one standing while Robert Reynolds collapsed. Indeed, proving Hulk is the strongest there is.

However, if strength is one thing, power is quite another. If strength is about raw potential, power is about strength, skill and mastery. Over the years, Hulk has faced foes with overwhelming power who have definitely defeated him. Let’s list heroes and villains who are more powerful than Hulk.

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HEROES AND VILLAINS MORE POWERFUL

DOCTOR DOOM

In 'Incredible Hulk' (2011) #7, Doctor Doom defeats Perfect Hulk.
In Incredible Hulk (2011) #7, Doctor Doom defeats Perfect Hulk. DC Comics.

In the Marvel Universe, no supervillain is more lustful and proud than Doctor Doom. Generally, Doctor Doom does not want to destroy the world. Really, the Baron of Iron intends to rule.

Despite his unlimited strength, Hulk has weaknesses. Among his weaknesses, is magic. Particularly, Doctor Doom is unique for his union of science and sorcery. In fact, he is a powerful mage who once contended as a runner-up for the title of Sorcerer Supreme.

In a battle, Doctor Doom’s invulnerable Armor, mystic blasts and esoteric powers are more than a match for Hulk’s strength. Furthermore, Doom’s super-genius intelligence can definitely exploit Hulk’s lack of intelligence.

In Incredible Hulk (2011) #7, Doctor Doom defeats Perfect Hulk. In the issue, Doom separated Hulk from Bruce Banner creating Perfect Hulk. Later, Hulk returns blaming Doom for the Behemoth having killed Bruce Banner. Soon, a fight follows. Though short-lived, it highlights Doctor Doom’s magic and intelligence advantages.

Definitely, Doctor Doom ranks among the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe.

COSMIC KING THOR

In 'Thor' (2020) #6, Cosmic King Thor kills Galactus.
In Thor (2020) #6, Cosmic King Thor kills Galactus. Marvel Comics.

Over the years, Thor and Hulk have been considered rivals. Though, Hulk has often been considered the strongest Avenger. At IGN, Jesse Schedeen argues Thor Just Managed to Kill [Spoiler], Proving He Actually Is the Strongest Avenger.

In 2020, Cosmic King Thor dramatically outclassed the competition. During Donny Cates’ run, titled Devourer King, King Thor becomes Cosmic King Thor, Herald of Galactus. To begin, Galactus and Silver Surfer come to Asgard to warn of the Black Winter. To stop it, Thor agrees to become Galactus’ Herald.

However, it comes at a cost. To prepare for the calamity, Thor helps Galactus consume five planets. Finally, the Black Winter arrives. After testing Thor, it reveals the King dreadful visions of the future. In the end, Thor realizes that he must fulfill Galactus’ prophecy: he is the one to kill Galactus. In one powerful blast, Thor throws his hammer at the Star God, incinerating him immediately.

And considering Thor’s godblast is Universal-Level and a fully-fed Galactus can withstand the core of a galaxy. Definitely, at least a Universal-Level of Energy Projection.

Without a doubt, Hulk has the potential for Infinite Super Strength. Though, Thor’s energy projection can deal some serious damage. In a battle, it is a matter of whether Hulk can withstand a Universe-busting attack from Thor.

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ANNIHILATION SILVER SURFER

In 'Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus,' (2007) #2, Silver Surfer absorbs the energy of the Big Crunch to defeat Proemial Gods.
In Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus (2007) #2, Silver Surfer absorbs the energy of the Big Crunch to defeat Proemial Gods. Marvel Comics.

To this day, Annihilation Silver Surfer is the most popular version of the character. For good measure. During the Annihilation event, Silver Surfer and the United Front fight off an invasion from the Negative Zone. To this end, Annihilus aided by Thanos, has imprisoned Galactus to use as a bomb.

In order to face this crisis, Galactus increases Surfer’s power. Though, he tampers with his personality. Back to active service, Silver Surfer becomes a challenger to even Thor post-Annihilation.

Amazingly, one of the Sentinel’s most well-known feats during Annihilation, is his fight against two Proemial Gods. Notably, Proemial Gods derive their powers from the Big Crunch, the end of the universe.

In Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus (2007) #2, Silver Surfer defeats Tenebrous and Aegis. Initially, no match for the two gods, Silver Surfer lays in space badly wounded. Then, he elects to absorb the energies of the Big Crunch. Soon, he fells his foes. Fortunately, Galactus arrives and heals Surfer who is near death.

In the Marvel Universe, Silver Surfer is one of the top energy manipulators. Over the years, Silver Surfer has dominated Hulk in battles. Using the Power Cosmic, the Silver Surfer has often tampered with Hulk’s rage. In effect, calming the monster and reverting him to Bruce Banner.

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VOID SENTRY

In Siege (2010) #4, Thor and the Avengers face Void Sentry.

At Marvel, there have been many Marvel Supermen versions: Hyperion, Blue Marvel, Gladiator and even Sentry. Among them, Sentry has been the most successful. Perhaps, the most powerful Marvel Superman.

What makes Sentry tick is the fact that he is mentally unstable with the overwhelming power of a god. In fact, he has been stated to possess the power of a million exploding suns.

In World War Hulk, Sentry clashed with Hulk’s most powerful version. What resulted, was a thrilling fight with planet-busting punches and a tornado of searing energy blasts. Both characters went all-out. And at the end, only Bruce Banner was left standing.

However, that was not Sentry’s most powerful version. In Siege (2010) #4, Thor and the Avengers faced Void Sentry. As Void Sentry, Robert Reynolds is an abstract being of horrifying power. Moreover, the entity literally thrashed the entire Avengers team. Indeed, only the power of a god – a Thunder God – is able to conquer him. Proving that when push comes to shove, Thor and Sentry rank ahead of Hulk in terms of power.


LINKS

Incredible Hulk Vol 2 107 in Marvel Database.
World War Hulk in Marvel Database.
Incredible Hulk Vol 3 7 in Marvel Database.
Thor Vol 6 1 in Marvel Database.
Thor Just Managed to Kill [Spoiler], Proving He Actually Is the Strongest Avenger in IGN.
Devourer King in Marvel Database.
Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus Vol 1 2 in Marvel Database.
Annihilation (Event) in Marvel Database.
Siege Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
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Super Power Explained: THE Top 10 Marvel Hierarchy Of Mutants Ranks By The Potential To Create Or Destroy Entire Universes

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TOP OMEGA LEVEL MUTANTS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO CREATE OR DESTROY ENTIRE UNIVERSES

In 'House of X' (2019) #1, the 14 Omega-Level mutants are listed.
In ‘House of X’ (2019) #1, the 14 Omega-Level mutants are listed. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

On Earth, the mutant gene was the result of experiments by the Celestials on homo erectus. In their experiments, the Celestials created the lines of the Deviants and the Eternals.

During their First Host on Earth, one million years ago, the Celestials collected the Wanderers, a tribe of Homo erectus. Gammenon the Gatherer collected the ape-men and sent them to Ziran the Tester who mutated them to have an unstable genome, creating the Deviants (Homo descendus), a race with various mutations, who were then released and went hiding in the caves. With other subjects, Nezarr the Calculator then created the Eternals(Eternals (Homo immortalis)), hairless, upright tall beings able to tap into the cosmic power. They were themselves released, flying out of the Celestials’ laboratory-ship. Finally, Oneg the Prober created a latent gene for the expansion of human potential and those modified yet apparently unchanged ape-men were released.

The potential for superhuman powers was only latent: That dormant “DNA complex”/”mutant genes” implanted in Homo erectus.

That potential was transferred to Homo antecessor,then to Homo neanderthalensis, both species experimented on by the Kree in order to create the Inhumans (Inhomo supremis).

It later came to fruition into the form of Homo superior, the mutants.

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Depending on the mutation, Earth’s mutants display different abilities with variable range. In fact, the top Omega Level mutants have the potential to create or destroy entire universes. Let’s list our top 10.

10. STORM

Storm.
Storm. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Uniquely, Storm is both a mutant and a goddess. As goddess, she is worshipped by the tribes in Wakanda. In fact, Ororo is an Omega Level mutant because she is considered a Storm Goddess. Contrary to Professor X, her weather powers are the result of magic.

Potentially, Storm has no upper limit to her manipulation of nature. Though, she may not be able to create or destroy universes. Indeed, her power potentially extends to the weather forces on Earth. For that reason, she belongs on this list.

9. MARVEL GIRL

Marvel Girl.
Marvel Girl. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

To this day, Jean Grey is the most well-known Phoenix Force host. As Phoenix, Jean possesses cosmic power on a multiversal scale. In fact, the cosmic entity is a firebird of rebirth and destruction.

Currently, Jean has rejected the Phoenix. As Marvel Girl, she displays telepathy and telekinesis at the Omega Level. Moreover, she has performed incredible feats since returning from the dead as Marvel Girl. In ‘King In Black’ (2021) #4, Marvel Girl invaded the mind of the primordial god Knull.

Considering Knull is a God of Darkness from the primordial universe, Marvel Girl definitely displayed the power to destroy an entire universe.

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8. MAGNETO

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Magneto. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Originally, Magneto was classified as one of the few Omega Level mutants on Earth. With his mastery of magnetism, he can destroy the planet’s magnetic field. However, his power initially rivals Phoenix’s. At his maximum, Magneto can siphon the magnetic fields of nearby planets. That is a Stellar to Solar System Level.

7. VULCAN

Vulcan.
Vulcan. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

According to Professor X, Vulcan is the most powerful mutant energy manipulator. As an Omega Level mutant, Gabriel can absorb, project and manipulate vast amounts of energy. Moreover, Vulcan’s power extends over the EM spectrum and even Adam Warlock’s magic.

6. HOPE SUMMERS

Hope Summers.
Hope Summers. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Incredibly, Hope’s mutant power is power mimicry. Meaning, she can only mimic the powers of those mutants she encounters in close proximity. At first, this may seem unimportant. However, there seems to be no definable limit to her mutant power.

In Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #12, Hope mimicked the Iron Fist to its highest potential. Aided by Scarlet Witch, she went toe-to-toe with a Phoenix-powered Cyclops. In the end, she landed a blow powerful enough to dissociate Phoenix from Scott.

Finally, Hope demonstrated the power to extinguish the Phoenix itself, when it claimied her as a host. Definitely, a universal feat.

5. ELIXIR

Elixir
Elixir. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘New X-Men: Academy X Yearbook’ (2005) #1, Elixir is classified as an Omega Level Healer. Particularly, Joshua Foley’s mutation is the power to control his biology and others’ down to the genetic level. In effect, Elixir can heal from physical damage, reactivate suppressed mutant abilities, and even repair cerebral functions.

Initially, Elixir was able to heal only scratches, burns and damaged bones. Before his death, this ability extended to only a dozen or so mutants whom he needed to touch physically.

Moreover, Elixir can resurrect the dead. In ‘Uncanny X-Men Annual’ (2016) #1, Elixir has been able to resurrect the 16 million deceased mutants in Genosha. Indeed, this is a divine power. Definitely, a potential to create life and the universe.

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4. MISTER M

Mister M. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In short, Mister M has been classified as an Omega Level mutant. Particularly, his mutation is matter and energy manipulation at the subatomic scale. Mister M can use his power to reconfigure matter or convert matter into energy.

3. PROTEUS

Proteus.
Proteus. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

As an Omega Level mutant, Proteus possesses the power to alter and manipulate reality with his thought. In addition, his super power allows him to teleport and shift between the multiverse.

Potentially, Proteus possesses the power to destroy the universe. So far, his reality manipulation power affects only a limited area around him. Nevertheless, in ‘Planet-Size X-Men’ (2021) #1, Kevin was able to terraform Mars. In his energy form, Proteus needs a human host in order to live.

2. LEGION

Legion.
Legion. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

According to Doctor Nemesis, Legion is an Omega Level mutant. In fact, his mutant power is to create spontaneous mutations. Incredibly, Legion has over 200 split personalities each governed by a different super power. Potentially, Legion possesses the power to destroy the universe.

1. FRANKLIN RICHARDS

Franklin Richards.
Franklin Richards. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In “Franklin Richards: Marvel Confirms The Most Powerful Mutant Character,” Fortress of Solitude states Franklin Richards is the most powerful mutant. For good measure, since Franklin has the power to create, manipulate and destroy universes. Specifically, Professor X’s file lists his reality manipulation as Universal Level. Importantly, fans have speculated that Franklin may control the entirety of the Marvel Universe.


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House of X Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
King in Black Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
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Uncanny X-Men Annual Vol 4 1 in Marvel Database.
Absolon Mercator (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Kevin MacTaggert (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
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Super Power Explained: Male And Female Warriors And Superheroes Ranked That Performed Best To Worst Against Doomsday

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In 'Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey' (1994) #1, Doomsday faces the awesome might of Darkseid!
In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey’ (1994) #1, Doomsday faces the awesome might of Darkseid! Photo/DC Comics

In “Super Power Explained: Is The Omega Effect, Universal Or Multiversal In Power Level?,” we rated Darkseid’s Omega Effect. In a few words, Darkseid’s Omega Effect is Universal Level since it managed to kill Doomsday. However, due to Doomsday’s reactive evolution, the monster survived the onslaught. Dangerously, it nearly fatally injured Darkseid. To rate the super power, we looked at the destruction of Doomsday at the end of Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey. To sum, it took the entropy at the end of the DC Universe to kill the monster.

On this list, let’s rank those heroes and incarnations that have performed best to worst against the Ultimate in battle. In addition, let’s list the relevant issues.

BEST: POST-CRISIS SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN/DOOMSDAY: HUNTER/PREY (1994) #3

In 'Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey #3' (1994), Doomsday is taken to the end of time by Superman and Waverider.
In Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey (1994) #3, Doomsday is taken to the end of time by Superman and Waverider. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey (1994) #3, Superman learns the origin of Doomsday from Waverider. 200,000 years ago, the Ultimate was born on Krypton from genetic engineering by a scientist named Bertron.

Despite Mother Box’s amps, Superman is no match for Doomsday. In effect, his reactive adaptation enables him to evolve to counter Superman’s attack. And, his power of immortality prevents Superman from killing him in the same way twice.

Nevertheless, using Waverider’s Temporal Transporter, Superman transports Doomsday to the end of the universe. There, entropy effectively kills Doomsday. Then, a reconstituted Waverider transports Superman back to the present.

Clearly, one of Superman’s clearest victories. Here, Superman used both brawn and brain to put down the monster. Definitely, it belongs at the top of the list.

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BEST: NEW 52 SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN: DOOMED (2014) #1

In 'Superman: Doomed' (2014) #1, Superman rips Doomsday in half in Smallville.
In Superman: Doomed (2014) #1, Superman rips Doomsday in half in Smallville. AP Photo/DC Comics.

During the New 52, Doomsday resurfaced as a plague. Terrifyingly, the monster was stealing sentient life forces. To this end, it was in order to be powerful enough to fight Superman.

In Superman: Doomed (2014) #1, Superman and Wonder Woman hunted down the creature in Botswana. However, it spent its time teleporting around the Earth. In fact, it was corrupting all life in its vicinity with its toxins.

Eventually, Superman confronts the menace in India. Then, he takes the fight to outer space. On Venus, Superman destroys the monster with a blast of heat vision. Back in Smallville, the monster follows the Man of Steel. In a vicious attack, Superman rips Doomsday in half, ending the threat.

Clearly, one of the most decisive victories against Doomsday. Definitely, a Herculean effort.

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GOOD: NEW 52 WONDER WOMAN, SUPERMAN: DOOMED (2014) #1

In 'Superman: Doomed' (2014) #1, Wonder Woman rumbles against Doomsday.
In Superman: Doomed (2014) #1, Wonder Woman rumbles against Doomsday. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Previously, Doomsday held Wonder Woman on the ropes in Superman/Wonder Woman (2013) #1. Until Superman arrived on the scene. Then, Doomsday teleported away.

Similarly, in Round Two, the situation repeats in Superman: Doomed (2014) #1. But, this time, Wonder Woman performs better against the plague. With a strike of her sword, Wonder Woman pierces Doomsday’s thorax. As a result, the monster releases deadly poison. Though Wonder Woman is infected, she continues the fight.

As Doomsday attacks, he is blasted by a dose of heat vision. In the nick of time, Superman has arrived to save his girlfriend. Strangely, before Superman can take down the monster, Doomsday teleports away. Perhaps, in fear of the Kryptonian.

Definitely, a victory for the Power Couple.

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GOOD: POST-CRISIS MAXIMA, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (1992) #497

In 'Adventures of Superman' (1992) #497, Maxima battles Doomsday.
In Adventures of Superman (1992) #497, Maxima battles Doomsday. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Promptly, it is time for a Maxima revival. Post-Crisis, the Queen of Almerac is a heavy hitter of the JLA. During “The Death of Superman,” Maxima and the Man of Steel were the only JLAers left standing against Doomsday.

A warrior-born, Maxima performed impressively against the creature. Though, her fierceness and her battle lust may have caused her undoing.

In her battle lust, Maxima removed a light pole from its base. With the gasoline gushing from a nearby gas station, the sparks from the light pole caused a huge explosion. Caught in the explosion, Maxima and Superman were knocked out. Later, Superman and Maxima are revived by Guardian. In the end, Doomsday survived and Superman decided to stop the monster alone.

Indeed, a good showing by a female warrior against the Ultimate.

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BAD: POST-CRISIS MARTIAN MANHUNTER, SUPERMAN (2001) #175

In 'Superman' (2001) #175, an intelligent Doomsday breathes fire on Martian Manhunter.
In Superman (2001) #175, an intelligent Doomsday breathes fire on Martian Manhunter at the White House. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In Superman (2001) #175, Joker unleashes Doomsday on the anniversary of the Last Son of Krypton’s death. On that day, President Luthor gives a speech commemorating recent events during “Our Worlds At War.” At the White House, President Luthor is under attack by the Berserker.

Disguised as a secret agent, Mac transforms into Martian Manhunter. For the first time, Doomsday displays intelligence and speech. Unfortunately, Martian telepathy has no effect. When Doomsday blocks J’onn’s punch, the Martian notes the creature is sentient.

Then, Doomsday brings Martian Manhunter to his knees. Though the monster acknowledges J’onn’s power, he states the Martian is no Superman. Finally, Doomsday demonstrates another super power. Atrociously, the monster breathes fire on Martian Manhunter, defeating him.

Definitely, a bad performance against Doomsday.

WORST: POST-CRISIS CYBORG SUPERMAN AND SUPERGIRL, SUPERMAN/BATMAN (2011) #5

In 'Superman/Batman: Annual' (2011) #5, a Doomsday clone defeats Supergirl and Cyborg Superman.
In Superman/Batman: Annual (2011) #5, a Doomsday clone defeats Supergirl and Cyborg Superman. DC Comics.

In the Reign of Doomsday story arc, Lex Luthor has engineered his latest plot. Seemingly, he is responsible for letting loose four Doomsday clones. And their mission is to capture the former four Superman replacements during the Death of Superman.

In Superman/Batman: Annual (2011) #5, a Doomsday clone defeats Supergirl and Cyborg Superman. To begin, Cyborg Superman has seized control of the JLA Watchtower’s weapon systems. Aboard the Watchtower, Cyborg Superman and Supergirl are fighting a Doomsday clone.

At first, the monster appears to have evolved. During the battle, Doomsday rips off Cyborg Superman’s right cybernetic arm. Then, he cuts loose. With a blast of heat vision, Cyborg Superman destroys Doomsday’s left side. Strangely, Doomsday re-grows mechanical parts from the Watchtower.

Though Supergirl joins the fight. With the element of surprise, the Girl of Steel has the upper hand. Indeed, her strength and speed allow her to beat down on Doomsday.

Jealously, Cyborg Superman attempts to kill her. Heroically, Batman pushes him off, as the Cyborg’s blast misses. In a split second, Doomsday beats Cyborg Superman and Supergirl to unconsciousness.

Definitely, the lack of teamwork and the fact this was a clone show it is the worst performance against Doomsday.


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SOURCES

Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey Vol 1 3 in DC Database.
Superman: Doomed Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Superman/Wonder Woman Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Adventures of Superman Vol 1 497 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 2 175 in DC Database.
Superman/Batman Annual #5 in Comic Vine.
Death of Superman in DC Database.
Reign of Doomsday in DC Database.
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Super Power Explained: 5 Feats That Show Superman Has Infinite Super Strength

In 'Justice League' (2012) #6, Superman bullrushes Darkseid into a Boom Tube.
 
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In 'Justice League' (2012) #6, Superman bullrushes Darkseid into a Boom Tube.
In ‘Justice League’ (2012) #6, Superman bullrushes Darkseid into a Boom Tube. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Since “Superman Reborn,” the New 52 Superman and the Rebirth Superman have been merged into one. In effect, it is the same Post-Crisis Superman. Moreover, the Rebirth and New 52 universes merged into a single DC Universe. Nevertheless, Superman’s Post-Crisis history has been preserved. In addition, the 10 years stolen by Doctor Manhattan have been restored.

Over the past decades, Superman’s strength level has fluctuated. Noticeably, John Byrne’s Superman decreased Superman’s strength level considerably. Since the “Death of Superman,” the Man of Steel has steadily increased in super strength. Normally, Superman can move or shatter planets. Also, he is strong enough to hold a miniature black hole in his hand. Therefore, the Man of Steel can exceed a Stellar Level of super strength.

However, since Post-Crisis, Big Blue has performed feats that displayed a potential for infinite strength. Let’s list five feats that show Superman’s infinite strength.

‘FINAL CRISIS: SUPERMAN BEYOND’ (2008) #1

In 'Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages.
In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In ‘Final Crisis: Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel/Shazam lift the Book of Limbo. Really, it is a book with an infinite number of pages. In “Superman, The Greatest Story,” I argue that it is feats that define Superman’s story. In ‘Final Crisis,’ Superman is not only the strongest story, he is also the strongest hero. Definitely, this feat takes the top spot on this list.

‘JUSTICE LEAGUE’ (2019) #25

In ‘Justice League’ (2019) #25, in a battle against the World Forger, Superman breaches the Sixth Dimension and shatters the Forger’s Multiverse creation with a punch. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In the conclusion of the “Sixth Dimension” storyline, Superman battles against the World Forger. Freed from his prison on Prime Earth, Superman sundips multiple times in yellow suns. Then, flying at high speeds through the cosmos, Superman reaches the speed of light. In an instant, he becomes a line and all time and space is perceptible to him. With a devastating punch, Superman shatters the World Forger’s 20 billion years old multiverse.

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‘JLA/The Spectre Soul War’ (2003) #1

In 'JLA/Spectre: Soul War' (2003) #1, Superman and Wonder Woman lift Spectre.
In ‘JLA/Spectre: Soul War’ (2003) #1, Superman and Wonder Woman lift Spectre. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Superman and Wonder Woman are two of the strongest warriors in the DC Universe. In ‘JLA/Spectre: Soul War’ (2003) #1, the Spectre comes to ask the JLA for help to stop the Trans’ invasion. During the invasion, Spectre merges with the JLA. As the Spectre and JLA investigate, Spectre is knocked unconscious. In free fall, Superman and Wonder Woman lift Spectre.

Indeed, considering the free fall and that Spectre’s weight is eternity. Definitely, this feat requires infinite strength.

‘ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN’ (2006) #649

In 'Adventures of Superman' (2006) #649, Earth-One and Earth-Two Supermen clash over the death of Earth-Two Lois Lane.
In ‘Adventures of Superman’ (2006) #649, Earth-One and Earth-Two Supermen clash over the death of Earth-Two Lois Lane. AP Photo/DC Comics.

To sum, “Infinite Crisis” is largely a question about who is the true Superman. Indeed, Earth-One Superman, Earth-Two Superman, Superboy and Superboy-Prime all contended for the title.

During the crisis, Earth-Two Superman successfully brought back Earth-Two with Alexander Luthor Jr’s help. And, when Earth-Two Lois Lane died, Earth-One Superman journeyed to Earth-Two to help. However, Earth-Two Superman blamed Kal-El for her death.

Dangerously, a clash followed between the two Supermen that threatened time and space. The Men of Steel’s punches threatened reality and opened a rift of chronal energy. Then, each Superman was transported to the other one’s Earth, reliving its history.

Eventually, Wonder Woman had to come to Earth-Two to restrain Earth-Two Superman. To consider, opening a chronal rift requires time travel. Definitely, this feat requires infinite strength.

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‘ACTION COMICS’ (2001) #782

In 'Action Comics' (2001) #782, a sundipped Superman transports Warworld and Imperiex to an instant after the Big Bang.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2001) #782, a sundipped Superman transports Warworld and Imperiex to an instant after the Big Bang. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Well put, Superman asks Brainiac-13 “What’s infinity times infinity?” In ‘Action Comics’ (2001) #782, a cosmic Superman transports B-13’s Warworld an instant after the Big Bang.

During “Our Worlds At War,” Imperiex sought to hollow the universe. When Imperiex’s armor was cracked, Brainiac-13 absorbed its energies into Warworld. To that end, Brainiac sought to rule the universe.

Via a temporal Boom Tube, the sundipped Superman transported Warworld to the beginning of time. Though, the temporal Boom Tube was created by Steel’s Entropy Aegis. Nonetheless, Superman’s feat still involved time travel.

Indeed, it is debatable whether the feat required an infinite amount of super strength. At the same time, pushing Warworld through a temporal Boom Tube definitely required an incalculable amount of super-strength.


RESOURCES

VS Battles Wiki: Superman Feats Timeline Project.


SOURCES

Justice League Vol 2 6 in DC Database.
Superman: Reborn in DC Database.
Final Crisis: Superman Beyond Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Justice League Vol 4 25 in DC Database.
JLA/The Spectre: Soul War Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Adventures of Superman Vol 1 649 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 782 in DC Database.