Very well. For a long time, the court systems and justice programs will be a HUGE mess. New loopholes, new situations and all that jazz.
There will be initially a large debt, as now suddenly buildings are at risk for disasters like never before.
There wil be cults, gangs, and lots of stuff like that.
The fundamentalists ala the WBC will probably greatly enjoy protesting it, and for the most part turn into a minority as more time goes on.
If it's not a world-wide gain, and only a one-area gain, the military will pretty much be unstoppable.
Even if not that, while there might be an initial debt or chaos in structure, people will find a way to use their abilities to benefit them, maybe even reverting the debt created, or matching it.
All the science departments will explode in popularity as they actually become even MORE relevant to every day life.
Doctors and physicians will start to become rapidly under-educated as new students are learning updated facts about the powered individuals.
Superhero comics will prolly never be the same as a genre. Books and shows will at first remain stagnant (with a few rushed ones attempting to cash in on the chaos) as ideas from a previous time are put through, and will eventually either go for nostalgia, or evolve to meet the new circumstances.
edited 4th Feb '11 8:14:20 AM by MrAHR