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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Something I've always wondered...

Okay, I'm going to admit now that I have very little experience with any of the hard sciences and it's been years since my last science class but...

Am I the only one who wondered why Wolverine doesn't act like a giant rod whenever Storm uses her powers? I mean, the man usually has giant metal points aimed straight in the air. Is it just that adamantium isn't a conductor? Or just that he's really short, because honestly, it seems to me that otherwise, the man would be a small, hairy, annoying lightning rod.

Just curious.

11 Comments:

  • At June 05, 2008 12:58 AM, Blogger Nick said…

    I am thinking it has something to do with adamantium not being a normal conductor...this would be freaking hilarious to see in a comic though.

     
  • At June 05, 2008 1:44 AM, Blogger K. D. Bryan said…

    I think it's less about Wolverine's natural state as a lightning rod and more about Storm's pinpoint control and accuracy. She's got the ability to direct lightning, so I think she can manage to keep her electricity from going where it naturally wants to go, i.e. Logan's bones. If she can make a mini-monsoon and keep it in a radius of fifteen feet, I think she can keep from tasering her teammates. And yeah, I think the being short thing helps. Heck, forget Wolvie - I feel bad for her being on a team with Colossus. Must be hell to keep the bolts in check.

    It probably helps that nobody wants to suffer the smell of all that fast-growing burning hair. Nobody.

     
  • At June 05, 2008 6:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It would be rare metal indeed that that would be both a poor conductor of electricity and completely susceptible to Magneto's manipulation

     
  • At June 05, 2008 8:09 AM, Blogger Centurion said…

    Think of the smell of all that hair burning if he would be struck...

     
  • At June 05, 2008 11:18 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    It would be awfully funny if she did it by "accident" however.

     
  • At June 05, 2008 12:00 PM, Blogger Rob S. said…

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  • At June 05, 2008 12:01 PM, Blogger Rob S. said…

    I've always thought Wolverine acted like a giant rod.

    Oh, you mean lightning rod?

    No idea, then.

     
  • At June 05, 2008 12:24 PM, OpenID thomwade said…

    Rubber booties.

     
  • At June 05, 2008 1:16 PM, Blogger Blake said…

    Storm did, in fact, use Wolverine as a conductor in an early issue of Marvel Adventures Avengers in order to kill a giant snake. Wolverine was non-too happy about it, but Storm pointed out that his healing factor was more than strong enough to deal with it. To which Wolverine sulkily replied "oh, well I suppose THAT makes it ok."

     
  • At June 05, 2008 2:40 PM, Blogger John Foley said…

    This is one of those things that Marvel can never seem to get straight. They can never decide if adamantium is or is not a conducting metal. They're also fuzzy on whether or not it's magnetic. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. Same goes for Cap's shield. I distinctly remember an issue of New Mutants where Magneto could not control the shield, but in this month's issue of Avengers/Invaders Iron Man uses magnetism to grab the shield.
    Consistency is not held in high regard in the world of comic science.

     
  • At June 05, 2008 4:46 PM, Blogger Tom Foss said…

    Why do you think Wolverine is so short? If they'd chosen anyone taller for the Adamantium bonding, he'd never be able to go outside.

    Incidentally, this is also why Wolverine never wears wool socks on shag carpeting. Last time, the discharge knocked out the Danger Room for a week.

     

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