Given a chance to choose a super power, most people would go for the obvious-super strength, ability to fly, invisibility. So it really only stands to reason that most comic book superheroes have powers directly linked to mankind’s most sought after traits.
But once you get past the obvious and semi-obvious, comic book creators need to keep inventing powers for new crops of heroes and villains. Sometimes these powers not only make sense, but are totally awesome. Other times, though, these powers leave readers puzzled and thinking that they must be witnessing some kind of inside comic book joke among writers.
With this in mind, here’s a look at the five weirdest superheroes:
This member of the Legion of Super-Heroes is from the planet Bismoll and possesses the unique ability to eat and digest any sort of matter. Not often part of the Legion’s fighting team, Matter-Eater Lad is usually brought into the mix when excavation help is needed and, presumably, to win the occasional intergalactic pie eating contest.
Maggot’s powers are both inconvenient and sloppy. When in need of power, two semi-sentient slugs named Eany and Meany burrow their way out of Maggot’s abdomen, absorb a designated object’s energy, return to his abdomen, and fuel his powers. This former member of the X-Men, when energized by his slug buddies, has super strength, super size, and super durability.
This mutant wannabe rapper has the totally “awesome” power of blue skin. That’s it. No latent, hidden mutant powers or superhuman skills — just blue skin.
This Golden Age superhero was purchased by DC Comics from the now-defunct Quality comics in 1956. DC then allowed him to drift off into the nothingness of the public domain. In his prime, the Red Bee battled Nazis in his red and yellow-striped costume, zapping bad guys with his stinger gun and commanding swarms of obedient bees. His secret weapon, Michael the bee, was kept in his belt buckle and used for special missions.
Okay, this one is more weird-awesome than weird-funny. Formerly known as Speedball, Penance’s powers evolved in a blast that killed 612 people, including 60 children. Blaming himself for being unable to stop the blast, Penance’s powers would become suppressed and only activated when feeling pain. To maintain his ability to absorb and control kinetic energy, he wears a suit containing 612 inward spikes (with 60 longer spikes to represent the children) that constantly tear at his flesh. In recent storylines, he has reverted back to his Speedball identity, but still secretly cuts himself to store energy reserves.