Dave Lizewski is a kid growing up in a rundown suburb of America, he isn’t a gamer, he isn’t a jock, he isn’t a athlete, he’s just a regular kid. When he is not hanging out at the local comic store with his friends Todd and Marty, he is fantasising about his school teacher and Katie Deauxma, the class hottie.
The only thing that is unusual about Dave is that about a year ago his Mother died.
But somehow through this blend of normality, teenage angst and irritation at being continually mugged, Dave makes the decision to become a superhero’ KICK ASS!
Dave’s first foray into being a Superhero results in him being stabbed and run over. As he recovers in hospital he decides to hang up his cape.
Meanwhile across town Frank D’Amico’s henchmen are trying to find out who knocked off their coke. A gibbering courier claims it was a superhero.
When Dave recovers he realises he can’t walk away from being a hero, and when he successfully steps in on a mugging he brings himself to the attention of the US media and Frank D’Amico could this be the guy who knicked his coke?
Dave soon finds himself coming to the aid of Katie Deauxma, but when he gets to her ex-boyfriends apartment he meets Hit Girl, a four foot killing machine, and her father Big Daddy.
As Dave gets sucked into the dark world of vigilante crime fighting he gains a duplicitous sidekick ‘Red Mist’.
An increasingly unhinged Frank D’Amico closes in on Dave, and when he is double crossed by Red Mist, Big Daddy ends up dead and Dave has to make the decision, will he stand by Hit Girl in the final fight against Frank or will he return to his normal life?