Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Externalities: Ultimate Spider-Man Edition

Superheroes fight crime and save lives. But by doing so they impose certain costs on people not directly involved. These are superhero externalities.

I doubt anyone is injured here, but they could have beenUltimate Comics Spider-Man #7 by Brian Michael Bendis and Takeshi Miyazawa
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In this episode, Peter Parker's nextdoor neighbor, Rick Jones, begins to develop mutant abilities. Of course, not everyone who develops powers at the age of maturity can master them as quickly as, say, Superman. For the rest of the metahuman community, there's a considerable learning curve. Good thing there are plenty of other superheroes around (in fact, right next door) that have gone through the same thing and can help ease these newcomers through this profound transition.

Of course, that does not always mean that disconnected third parties don't have to pay for new mutants to learn. A few trees are destroyed here and there. Maybe some nasty chemicals leak into the atmosphere. In this case, Spidey and Rick crash through the window of a restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan, thereby destroying it along with the owner's "livelihood."

Superheroes explode. People pay. Usual stuff.

20 comments:

brenatevi said...

What surprises me about things getting destroyed in the comic book world is that objects aren't super-powered resistant. Like that glass. I know that you can't make it indestructible, but in a world where super-powers run rampant, you'd figure that there would be lots of money to be made from figuring out how to make flying bodies go "thud" when they hit the glass (or glass substitute), instead of go "crash."

Of course thud isn't as dramatically satisfying, but more of something you'd see in a parody.

ShadowBanker said...

Hmm, a business selling superpower-resistant glass and hardware. I think it's a money maker.

Tom said...

Don't get too excited, once Manhattan gets wise and starts throwing up Gorilla Glass windows and buidling with adamantium I-beams the writers will just move the adventures to a more picturesque/noisy/destructible environment. Spidey vs. The Lizard at the Antiques Roadshow or at a Life-Size Blown-Glass Figurine Bazaar or Legoland.

-t

I supposed adamantium I-beams would be pretty expensive...Thor can probably keep knocking down buildings.

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