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More Christmas fun this time a story featuring Supergirl from 2007's DCU Infinite Holiday special.



Oh, you're so cynical Supergirl. So apparently Supes answers all the letters he receives by Christmas. Supergirl thinks she's up to the challenge until she runs across one from a little girl asking to see her daddy, stationed in Iraq, for even an hour at Christmas.

She's undaunted by the mother's request, even though someone very smart advises her otherwise.

Yeah, the guy's a bum. The wife figured it was better to say he was in Iraq than he's just a drunk who never wanted the kid in the first place. He tells Supergirl to tell his daughter he died.
How to get him to change? Well, Supergirl figures a 29,000 foot free fall beats 12 steps any day.


And now your happy ending.

"Little Miss Super-Jesus"? Love it.

Date: 2009-12-20 09:10 pm (UTC)
dalf: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dalf
The DC universe Earth has a different atmosphere than our Earth!

(I know, I tought the same thing. "29,000? What!?")

Date: 2009-12-21 12:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blakeyrat
Sometimes I think they fill comic books with elementary errors just to fuck with us. But then I come to my senses and realize, no, they just don't research ... anything ... ever.

Date: 2009-12-21 02:13 am (UTC)
lieut_kettch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
No-Prize Answer: Kryptonians can extend their protective aura to objects and people with which they are in direct contact. Also explains why large unbalanced objects don't break up at the point of maximal torsion when they lift them. Or why people falling at terminal velocity don't splat when they catch them abruptly.

Date: 2009-12-21 03:40 am (UTC)
lamashtar: Shun the nonbelievers! Shun-na! (Default)
From: [personal profile] lamashtar
Also called tactile telekinesis!

Date: 2009-12-21 06:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blakeyrat
Then he'd black out the instant she let go of him.

In any case, the story would have been just as effective had it been 8000 feet, which is endurable and wouldn't have caused my issue... so why would they pick 29,000 in the first place?

Date: 2009-12-21 10:37 am (UTC)
lieut_kettch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
Hmmm... New No-Prize Answer: Kara was deliberately trying to scare the guy, and a five-figure altitude sounds scarier than a four-figure one.

Date: 2009-12-21 03:32 pm (UTC)
blakeyrat: (Default)
From: [personal profile] blakeyrat
I can accept that, but only because I'm too lazy to look up whether you can fall for a solid 60 seconds from 8000 feet. (My guess: probably.)

Either way, the writer could have saved grief in a few readers by just engaging his brain for a few brief seconds. Maybe wondering why airliners that travel at 29,000 feet are pressurized, for example-- or actually looking up a feasible value before making-up a number.

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