Here's the basis for the superhero story that came out of thinking of something more lighthearted. It's my take on an un-ironic Kick-Ass. Not sure about it, still working out the narration, but it'll be about making friends and happy stuff. Let me know if you think tone-wise and interest-wise it'll work. Otherwise I was maybe thinking the Bob Awesome story would be a good choice for your style and be fun enough for the book. If you're still free...
Hope you guys had a good Labor Day!
Actual super moral ideal
Sugar & cartoons
Young kid watching cartoons and eating cereal, repeated three times across the top. (Maybe a bit older each time, or at least in different sci-fi outfits, cowboy to spaceman to pulp-hero?)
HM: (NARRATION) ONE FATEFUL SUMMER AT OUR NEW HOUSE...
MOM: (Off Panel) MAX, DON'T SIT THERE ALL DAY WATCHING CARTOONS.
HM: (N) A YOUNG BOY WHO HAD SEEN TOO MANY SUPERHERO CARTOONS AND HAD WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR...
MOM: (OP) YOU'VE GOTTA GET OUT THERE AND MAKE FRIENDS.
Max running out the front door, blurs into Hyper Maximum in costume.
HM: (N) WAS FORCED OUT INTO THE SUMMER DAY...
MOM: (OP) GET OUT THERE RIGHT NOW YOUNG MAN! ENJOY YOUR YOUTH/SUMMER BEFORE IT'S OVER!
HM: (N) WHERE HE BECAME...
Snatches a cat from the street before a car hits it.
HM: (N) PROTECTOR OF THE STREETS.
Chasing off bullies from a dorky kid.
HM: DEFENDER OF THE WEAK.
Diving and catching a girl falling from a tree.
HM: (N) SAVIOR TO THE MEEK.
Close up. They smile at each other.
HM: (N) IT WAS MY DESTINY TO HELP THOSE I COULD.
HM: (N) THERE WASN'T MUCH ROOM FOR THAT SUMMER FOR...FRIENDS.
Wrestling & spray paint
The dorky kid from page 1 is now dressed up in a neon costume, raging and yelling as he runs along a picnic table in a backyard.
HM: (N) ONE DAY I SAW THAT MY PRESENCE HAD INSPIRED ANOTHER.
Jumping off and tackling three kids to the ground. HM in the background, high above in his tree house watching.
HM: (N) COULD THIS WARRIOR BE A PARTNER IN MY MISSION?
The duo chasing a bike thief who's speeding towards us. Maybe HM is hanging on the back of the bike as UE grapples the kid.
HM: (N) SURE ENOUGH WE TEAMED UP AND BATTLED TWICE THE THREATS I COULD ALONE.
Eating candy sitting atop the playground. A giant rocket. Outside the window is the girl from page 1.
Close up on the porthole on the rocket that shows the girl out on the playground.
UE yelling at HM. Wrestling near the edge, UE pushing HM closer.
UE: YOU'RE SO RETARDED!
HM: GET OFF!
Fall out of the rocket and hit ground.
HM hurt, UE storms off as the girl comes up to help.
HM takes off his mask, bleeding a bit from the nose, looks up at us (The Girl) smiling.
UE vs HM
UE all dark and sinister watches as HM (out of costume) walks around with the Girl.
Ice Cream Truck, he peers from broken slat in fence.
Swimming pool, he hides beneath umbrella as Max dives off and Girl waves.
Max & Girl holding hands, walking towards us, UE in the background, a bit more exposed with a darker costume, riding a skateboard speeding up behind them.
UE returns evil
Panel 1 (Main Image top left)
UE dives off skateboard lunging in mid-air towards Max who has turned preparing for attack. Girl is in shock.
Panel 2-6 (all surrounding the main shot)
UE beats up Max.
Roll on the ground.
Punch to stomach.
Kick in the butt.
Pushes him back down to sidewalk
Girl swoops in, her own costume on. (Flower Girl?).
Gets UE on the defense, Max in background taking costume from backpack.
UE bracing from Girl's attack.
UE cocks his fist back, about to punch Girl.
HM clocks him good with FG.
UE is stripped of part of his costume as he shouts from the back patio, the back door sliding closed as he yells.
HM & FG stand atop the tree house.
They look at each other smiling.
Close up on them holding hands.