Issue 3 - Page 8

5th Aug 2016, 6:00 PM in Birthright - Part 3
Issue 3 - Page 8
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Steven-Vincent 5th Aug 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete
Steven-Vincent
Abby's pretty angry right now. Not sure it's a good idea to tick her off now that she has these powers... ;)
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jamie59 5th Aug 2016, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
jamie59
So she had an artificial Neutron Star on her fist. That would weigh billions of tons.
Steven-Vincent 5th Aug 2016, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
It's not a neutron star. It's artificial neutronium. See the 'world' link under technology for details. The short of it is, it's a heavy, near-unbreakable metal, but it's not real neutronium, which, if it actually exists (no one has ever seen it), wouldn't be a solid metal anyway, but more like plasma. The key part of the word is 'artificial.' It's something made in a lab, inspired by the concept of neutronium.
NeilKapit 6th Aug 2016, 12:24 AM edit delete reply
NeilKapit
Similar to "secondary adamantium" in the Marvel Universe, I suppose. An invincible miracle metal would inspire plenty of copycats and few successes. Presumably if Homewrecker could actually perfect invincible neutronium, she'd have better things to do with her time than be a hired thug.
Steven-Vincent 6th Aug 2016, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
If you go back to issue 2, page 17, you will see that this is the reason Kludge was able to order her to attack these shops. She owes him because he helped her break into the facility that makes the neutronium and steal it. Quote, 'Did you forget who helped you get into that secret research facility in Tucson to steal the artificial neutronium?' Before he used that on her, she told him she was not an eviction officer. Only after he brought that up, did she agree to do this. Again, Homie smashes buildings. She doesn't normally hurt people.
SFCGator 6th Aug 2016, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
Most excellent comment. There are several definitions of "neutronium" in the annals of science and if one tosses in references from science fiction, even more. And yeah, many years ago I figured that any neutronium I ran across in literature was something very hard, dense and relatively light, not the degenerate neutronium found in neutron stars.
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You're pretty much on the mark regarding the plasma comment. If one were to remove a small amount of degenerate neutronium from the incredible pressure of an N-star, it would immediately start expanding and decaying releasing billions of joules of energy and beta radiation. Not a healthy thing to be near at all. Hmm, brings about a whole new meaning of "neutron bomb'. Although, even supposing you could hold a small amount (micrograms) in some sort of magnetic field container, it would still weigh tons.
Steven-Vincent 6th Aug 2016, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Yeah the whole point of artificial neutronium is to be this world's 'super metal.' Every superhero world has one (Marvel's is Adamantium, DC's is Inertron, Champions' is Questonite).

And of course the other point, in terms of this scene, is that Abby shattered it. So, if you picture her shattering Questonite or Adamantium, that gives you a sense of just how strong she is now.
Nef 27th Jan 2017, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
Nef
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Unobtanium (cough) #necroposting
Steven-Vincent 27th Jan 2017, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Yes, unobtanium is the same basic idea.
fjames56 7th Aug 2016, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
Did the kid also catch the confession while recording?
Steven-Vincent 7th Aug 2016, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
No. As you can see in panel 6, he stopped recording after the fight. Also, they're not close enough for him to hear what they're saying.
Rigor 12th Aug 2016, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
Rigor
There she goes again, disclosing information regarding her power origin, that her mentor urged her to keep secret.
Steven-Vincent 12th Aug 2016, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Given that everyone has the rights she's talking about, it's hard to see how anyone could learn anything about her origin from her statements. She hasn't mentioned the Spirit of 1776, for example.
Speedy Marsh 11th Apr 2017, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
I think this comic is the first place, other than the Declaration of Independence, that I've seen the word unalienable. When I first saw it, I thought it was a typo, so I looked it up.

It turns out that both unalienable and inalienable are words, and they both mean the same thing. Some drafts of the Declaration of Independence used inalienable (as well as some later copies of the Declaration), but the signed version used unalienable. Now, inalienable is the commonly used word, and unalienable is pretty much only used when referring to the Declaration.

http://grammarist.com/usage/inalienable-unalienable/

As the following chart shows, inalienable has been used more often than unalienable, since about 1833.

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=inalienable%2Cunalienable&year_start=1700&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cinalienable%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cunalienable%3B%2Cc0

I bet Liberty Lass will give a boost to the usage of unalienable. Hmm... I wonder if the Founding Fathers had a dual meaning in mind, when they decided to use unalienable... Our Rights cannot be taken from us by the government or any individual, but also, they cannot be taken by (space) aliens, because they're un-alien-able. Hopefully they didn't mean that space aliens cannot have rights. That could cause some real problems, in later LL issues. ;) xD

At first, I thought it was kinda weird that unalienable was used, but then I realized that its perfectly in character for Liberty Man and Liberty Lass.
Steven-Vincent 11th Apr 2017, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Yes I did check the proper spelling of it and the different versions. Came up with much of the what you did.

Abby's a Revolutionary War buff so she knows a lot about this stuff and knows perfectly well which version to use. Liberty Man knows his stuff too, but is probably not as much of a stickler as Abby is. But she's young yet. ;)
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