The suspension of disbelief that allows comic-book & sci-fi fans to gloss over certain facts that would otherwise cause them to argue for weeks, months, years online. That is the definition of comic logic. And even the definition of comic logic is something not to be questioned. Why you ask? Because its comic logic.
Where’s The Logic?
If there’s one thing that gets most readers, its comic logic. It is a thing and something comics are mocked for, but that’s just how the world works. We don’t question why things happen and for what reason because that is what writers do to fight for our attention. They twist and, undo and redo many elements in comics today that make up the status quo. Whether is be morals, stance on killing, powers, physics, dialect, and so forth. All of this can go so wrong, and what you try to question is how this makes any sense? But in the end, you never get that answer. Then even when you do get an answer it is not the one you would like and what you find may confuse you even more than before. This is when you sum it up to comic logic, nothing more, nothing less. That is the answer to everything that doesn’t make sense in the world of comics and what writers fall back on for their mishaps/inconsistencies.
Some examples of this I found are Green Lantern flying somewhere when he could just have his ring instantly teleport him to where he wants to go. Batman not just shooting The Joker in the head & being done with it. Spider-Man having mechanical web-shooters instead of organic web-shooters. Heroes coming back to life many times(Jean Grey). Spider-Man and his clones. Batman being supposedly able to lift 1000lbs. And so much more of you put the time into finding (at your own risk).
But why is comic logic so important to the world of comics? It fuels debates, it keeps you going back to old comics to find out what is right and what is wrong. It is an endless cycle of arguments created that will continue unless people can agree on what is possible and what is not possible, but we all know it’s not possible because comic logic keeps that answer under lock and key. It is a tool of manipulation by the publishers and writers to be able to create controversy, such that gives the book more attention than it really deserves. I mean ask yourself, how much time you put into trying to prove something is or isn’t possible? No matter what, in some way we have all fallen prey to comic logic and it works. Like it or hate it, comic logic is quite a beauty.
But What Happens When Real World Logic is Involved?
It happens. Majority of comic readers won’t rely on it, but when they lack the appropriate sources to back up an argument they will turn to it. It’s a weak argument to start with a comic reader because you are trying to apply rules to a situation in a comic in which the impossible is shut down completely. No debate can prosper if you use real world logic because in most cases what you’re arguing about is something that can only occur within a superheroes world and unless you both can use what comes out of the book to support your cases, you will be at a standstill. No one wants to accept real world logic in a comic debate, and those that rely on real world logic don’t want to accept what doesn’t make sense.
Now that’s not to say real world logic should be completely shut out because there are comic fans out there who would use comic logic as a way to justify the ridiculous. Take Batman for example, it is obvious that most Bat fans will tell you he can beat DC, Marvel, and even himself. There’s no way you could take that person seriously though if you apply real world logic then he is only as good as who he’s prepared for, and you can’t be prepared for everyone. So in some cases it can save an argument, but relying on it fully which some may do if they aren’t too knowledgeable is a fools gambit.