> > You didn't mention it, so how could I take offense?
> The "fresh take" comment could have been mistaken by some as meaning that it was a silly view. After posting in forums for some time, I've learned to make things as clear as I can as to avoid misunderstandings. Sarcasm and such are hard to properly display with text, isn't it?
> > They didn't tear each other to bits, but did tear the planet to bits, so it couldn't be what you just wrote -- "a cut on them" couldn't equal "a huge gash in Metropia." They didn't explode, after all, only the planet did.
> I didn't quite see it as the planet representing them completely, so that the planet's death would only be achieved by either one of them dying. Just enough connection that would mean that sufficient injury would result in planetary destruction.
Neither of them suffered "sufficient injury," though. They didn't even knock each other out. The only thing messed up was the planet. Like I said in my edited response above, Azz's Superman stated that he could tear apart a planet (Earth -- a claim that the Elementals accepted); by way of Superman's fight with Zod, Azz showed that Superman could, indeed, do just that, imo.
> > Hits on each other = hits on the planet, as (Superman explained) they were connected to it, but their bodies endured what the planet could not ... the power they with which they assailed each other.
> I didn't quite interpret it this way myself, but it's a good possibility as well. I never took it as the planet somehow taking the same level of force that the two were dishing out to each other.
It's possible that the "connection" was purely metaphorical ... which would mean that it was mere collateral damage that destroyed the planet, rather than transferred hits, I suppose. That would be an even greater feat of power (and akin to what happened during the Superman/E2 Superman fight, though not on the same level of magnitude, obviously). But I don't think that connection was purely symbolic.
It's also possible that it had nothing to do with power output, I guess ... and was just some sort of metaphysical thing. But that's a little too poetic for my tastes.
> Neither of them suffered "sufficient injury," though.
That's the thing; there's no telling how much injury was needed. Neither of them were knocked out, but they were both pretty much bloodied and bruised, which could have possibly been enough. I'm not arguing that this is the definitive reason, but it's one of the several that passed to mind.
> It's possible that the "connection" was purely metaphorical ... which would mean that it was mere collateral
damage that destroyed the planet, rather than transferred hits, I suppose.
This was pretty much my second interpretation, only coveref with more symbolism from Azzarello. With the abundance of symbollic uses in the story, I wouldn't be surprised if this was what was intended. Pity there's no easy way to tell aside from asking the writer himself.