Which is why, though, that debating comics is often an exercise in utter futility. Not only do the comic writers not know the limits of physics, but (even worse) they often forget the abilities and histories of their characters. Key examples include Thor and the Green Lantern Corps, all of which have had entire decades of history forgotten.
Although - as silly as moving at high multiples the speed of light is, or punching with the force of 100R - both of which throw out all ideas of science - in comics even the 'smaller' stuff is still impossible to argue logically. For example, flying. Or transmutation of matter. Or gamma and cosmic radiation being beneficial. Or shooting fire from the eyes ....! A being turning into solid moving metal is as ludicrous as punching at 100R or running at trillions of C.
Which is why I personally prefer to debate ideas and precepts (e.g. who would win between a precog and a speedster if both are equivalent in power) rather than wank characters (the usual Hulk vs Superman love/hate fests by their respective fanboys).
I think it's the reverse, actions supersede statements - so if the action didn't destroy the moon/Flash evacuated an entire city after a nuclear bomb went off - it couldn't have been that much energy/couldn't have been that slow.
So a quick Google search and basically all life on Earth pretty much ends at around 15.0 on the Richter.
Philosophia- so which one would be the writers intent do you think? The action? Or the hard numbers he presents? I wold have to go with a case by case basis I guess. Im not sure because it's kind of tricky when so many things in comics completely counter what either just happened or was just said.
We're told Parker has the proportional strength ofa spider. That's like.....20x his body weight. Which isn't that much at all.
But he does do the things he does, and we accept it.
Batman is a 'normal human'. But does things far in excess of that. But we accept his feats.
Mutants have a mutated Gene in their dna...which gives them the ability to grow blue fur, or claws. Fine. It also gives them the ability to control the weather (wha? ) And magnetic fields (uhuh) and be psychic (that's not even real).
It's not the first, nor the last time, when writers throw random numbers around, just because it sounds cool. In this case, we have the actual, physical moon being hit - and it's not even cracked in half, nevermind destroyed, nevermind higher than that. When we have a situation where the outcome of the action is in direct contradiction with a statement, such as this, it's obvious that the statement is not to be taken at face value. His all-out attack is clearly unable to destroy the moon. The writer probably thinks richter is a linear scale.
Otherwise, we have stupid shit like Supergirl being hit with more energy than it takes to destroy the Universe by Silver Banshee in her skull: http://i.imgur.com/GAhEcVL.jpg
Last edited by Philosophía on Sep 27th, 2017 at 10:35 PM