Let’s go ahead and take care of a little business by answering one of the comments that was sent to me. I thought that it’d be better to answer here in case others of you had the same questions/observations about what I’ve said about myself so far. Here’s the original comment in its entirety:
“So far from what I've read you are extremely powerful. You have super strength, heightened senses; you can fly fast. You have super healing. Your costume is tear resistant, so that so horny guys won’t drool after battling you. In your previous posts, you stated because of your athletic build you are probably flexible as well. And finally you perfect hand-eye coordination and reflexes allows to you evade any attack in all directions. In light on a better word you are perfect. But when developing your stories (which you are working on now) its important to add the human element as well. Sure its fun beating the crap out of bad guys and gals (yes I said GALS, 'cause it would be boring if your battles were one sided), but on the other hand you have a real life to deal with. Getting good grades in school, dealing with bullies without revealing your secret identity, and trying to show your true feeling to the one you really care about. Now I'm not saying to make the comic series super serious (please don't hurt me because I used a pun), but remember to keep it real and believable. Take care.”
First, thanks for a long, thoughtful response. You bring up some very good questions worth a good response, and I hope to give it here. Let’s go ahead and take them in order.
I do have super strength, heightened senses, and super healing. But I do not have Superman level powers, or even Wonder Woman. Not even She Hulk. Probably the closest I get to is Donna Troy level powers. The super healing is necessary for someone of super strength because of all the stresses that we put our bodies under by lifting the great weights that we do. In fact, in my “universe”, the stronger the superhuman, the greater his or her speed healing is. Thus, it’s no accident that, in my universe, the strongest folks also have the fastest healing powers, and that’s what makes them so difficult to take down.
My heightened senses are largely due to having a physique that is several steps up from the normal human physique of a woman my height and build. That also explains the faster eye/hand coordination and my flexibility. Those of us with such physiques also have these heightened senses/coordination/flexibility. The odd thing in my universe is that it is the super women who have this faster eye/hand coordination much more so than the men. My guess is that it’s because women’s muscles don’t get bulky like men’s muscles do. There are other super women who can move as fast as I can, and some are even faster.
For the super men, because they have all that bulky mass, it’s much harder for them to move fast like super women do. Of course, the advantage the men have is that they are much stronger. The strongest super woman in my universe (and it’s not me) is nowhere near as strong as the strongest super man. So even though I can dodge the slow, plodding punches thrown by super men, they can take the numerous punches that I throw at them because they are that much stronger (not to mention that they also heal faster). It’s a challenge that I’m still working on.
As for my costume, finding a tear resistant costume became necessary because of what I discovered from my very first super battle. And for us super ladies, we need these tear resistant costumes, because in this day and age of camera phones and YouTube, we are a short step away from being splashed all over the Internet showing off what we didn’t want to show off. And even though they are tear resistant, it’s not impossible to tear. Whether that happens in the stories – you will just have to wait and see. ;-) Anyway, the experience I went through in my first battle told me right away what us super ladies are going to need if we are going to do the hero thing, and I hope to make it a line of fashion later. In summary, we super ladies are going to need a durable costume if we are going to do the hero thing without becoming exhibitionists every time we do battle.
And last, I am not perfect. Far from it. I only need to get slapped around by one of my most annoying opponents to bring me back to earth (and you’ll meet her later). Even though I have super powers, I am still very human. I have feelings, and I have hopes and dreams, and I deal with adversity like any human does. Granted, the temptations of a super person are different and greater than normal folks, but it’s still temptation nonetheless, and we are just as prone to mistakes in judgment in the face of those temptations just like anyone else. It’s this part of my life that I hope makes my stories “real and believable”.
Thanks for your commentary. You really made me think about how I should respond. I hope I answered your observations to your satisfaction.