Friday, 21 July 2017
Kryptonian body cells store and maximally utilize yellow solar energy, bestowing strength, speed, invulnerability, enhanced vision and flight;
in Martian gravity, John Carter can leap above and decapitate a twelve-foot green Martian;
Carter also sees red and becomes exulted in combat, as does SM Stirling's Artos:
"He struck and struck, and struck and struck, killing with each blow."
-SM Stirling, The High King Of Montival (New York, 2011), Chapter Nineteen, p. 452.
Some superheroes derive their powers from a special weapon. Artos' is the Sword which bestows powers like a birds' eye view of a battlefield and a knowledge of the exact numbers of the enemy. Superhero fiction blends sf (Superman is extraterrestrial) and fantasy (Captain Marvel's powers are supernatural) and this blend is also present in Stirling's Emberverse.