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Dr. Manhattan, Wave Rider, and Linear Woman Have Time


Chronal Power #2: Time-Space Immersion

~Jon Osterman aka Dr. Manhattan from Before Watchmen Dr. Manhattan #1 (2012).

Gifted to only a small handful of superheroes, there is one ability that transcends typical temporal abilities, going beyond the scope of human thought. It could have been number one on the list with its god-like qualities and paranormal traits, but lacking one additional power, it rests here nicely as the second greatest power of all Time: Time-Space Immersion.

Extremely uncommon, this is the ability to join the timeline. A hero of this magnitude seems omniscient and capable of moving through the timestream at will or appear, mentally or physically, at multiple times simultaneously. Because of this strange phenomena, Time-Space Immersion usually puts this hero in a state of evolution and transcendence, and can change their demeanor.

WaveRider aka Matthew Ryder is one such DC Comics superhero with Time-Space Immersion as his fundamental power. First appearing in Armageddon 2001 #1 (1991), he was later killed.

Later, Liri Lee would gain WaveRider's abilities when Black Beetle and The Linear Men fought over his corpse. Gaining the upper hand, she fused with his chronal matter and because known as The Linear Woman, seeming to have all the same abilities.

And finally, the one superhero gaining the most attention lately is Jon Osterman aka Dr. Manhattan. His fame started with Alan Moore's The Watchmen mini-series in 1986. One of the most enigmatic characters of the plot, Jon becomes so aware of time that he loses more and more of his connection to reality, eventually leaving the earth. His struggles become even more apparent in the 2012 series Before Watchmen.

Chronologically correct and temporally precise, this is The Top 10 Temporal Super Powers, a Countdown of Time-Wielding Abilities and Characters provided by The Superheroes List provided every Wednesday (except this week because of Christmas) for the 2013 New Year. (And no, Father Time is not a superhero.) Want to read more? It's about TIME! Read the List!

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