Does the writter usally mean everything while it comes to fights? E/x stan lee said thor beats hulk in a fight but it depends on the writter, another E/x is barry allen, in the new 52 he was a joke to his formor self who in fact, did events in picro seconds and had a attosecond reaction speed time(which doesnt make sense since a picrosecond is faster then an attosecond) but in n52 and rebirth I havent seen him achieve or show feats near those capabilities, wouldnt you agree?
But a lot of times (specifically Big Two) they are using preestablished characters and histories. Are you saying we shouldn't be able to take something with a grain of salt when they totally miss the mark?
If they are the sole writer/creator then they are the ultimate source, if they are using pre-established characters like with the Big Two then there is no ultimate arbiter or source as even the editors/owners can change over time. IMO, the most balanced approach to understanding the limits of these kind of characters are to take middle showings over High and Low and further extrapolate a middle from the High and Low showings, so you can make statements like, "Most of the time Flash has Pico-second speed or most of the time Flash doesn't get tagged by street levelers, etc."
@cramandman: That's basically what I'm saying, but I'm also referring to things not involved with feats, such as characterization and continuity (retcons excluded).
The beauty of art, even (especially?!) popular art, is that it's open to interpretation. It's not science, there are conflicting facts, errors, and out-of-character/continuity moments. There are still going to be more or less valid interpretations but you are the ultimate diviner of meaning. Just don't expect everyone to accept your interpretation.
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