[WARNING: Contains references to violence against women]
BOB X — the black, bisexual super-hero and former slacker with Kryptonian powers, no apparent weaknesses, and an adoptive daughter with kids of her own — is commonly called the greatest hero of his world, but he doesn’t agree. He’d say that title properly belongs to WILLOW SPIRIT, who possesses a genius intellect, MMA-champion fighting skills, and a fortune she has dedicated to fighting crime, but no actual superpowers — only an collection of NON-science fiction, NON-magical gadgets, gear. & weapons . Even Bob’s 8-year-old granddaughter tells him that, Spirit is her favorite superhero because little girls can actually grow up to be like her.
About a year ago, various prominent women (athletes, scientists, activists, and so forth) began disappearing. Bob has not been investigating this because he doesn’t have the skills to solve mysteries, so he left it to Ms. Spirit, letting her know he is available if she needs any assistance on the case. Which is why, an hour ago, he got a call from Ms. Spirit, telling him to meet her at a set of map coordinates — oh, and to pick up her yacht on the way.
Following Ms. Spirit’s instructions, Bob soon found himself on a small Pacific island where the missing women were being held. This Island belong to one ANTHONY BRUCE, one of the richest men in the world and the villain of this story, a raging misogynist who had decided to rid the world of its most prominent feminist icons by means of “re-education” when possible, murder when not. It was Bruce who had abducted all the missing women, and Ms. Spirit has tracked them all here. Being no fool, she called on Bob to help her evacuate the 50 or so surviving captives — about half the number Bruce had kidnapped.
Working together, Ms. Spirit & Bob load the rescuees onto the yacht. Unfortunately, Bruce comes upon the scene before they can make good their exit. With him are a couple dozen guys in Gundam-type mechas. While there is no question that Bob can curb-stomp the mooks, he won’t be able to do so without any collateral damage; it’s likely that some of the women he was helping rescue would get hurt or killed.
But it won’t necessarily come down to a super-fight — not one between Bob and the minions, anyway. Bruce has a serious hate-on for Ms. Spirit, as well as a suit of powered armor. After mocking her for calling Bob for assistance, he challenges her to a one-on-one battle to be live-streamed over the Internet immediately. If she wins, his minions will have orders to allow her to leave with Bob and the captives unmolested. If she dies… well, clearly there is no stopping Bob from leaving with at least some of the women, but Bruce will have accomplished his biggest victory to date.
Bob has seen armor of this type before. Making the user strong enough to bench press about 10 tons and armed with miniguns, lasers, and buzzsaws, it might as well be shooting soap bubbles as far as Bob is concerned. But he can’t see how Willow Spirit — clad in kevlar and armed with a pair of handguns and various ninja weapons — can last more than a minute against somebody wearing it. Nonetheless, his non-powered associate wants to take the villain on solo.
“This asshole hates accomplished women,” Ms. Spirit tells Bob. “He’s been spewing misogynistic shit over the airwaves and Internet for 20 years and has a huge following. He’s murdered dozens of us for offending his needle-dicked sensibilities. It needs to be a human woman who takes him down, and I am the only female hero available. It won’t prove anything if YOU do it. You’re the unbegotten son of Athena or Ishtar or whatever — and you’re a DUDE. It has to be me”
Now let’s be clear. This is a superhero universe, but not a comic book one. Bob is perpetually 30, but everybody else ages, there is no revolving door of death. Nobody comes back from the dead — not villains, not heroes, not Bob’s dead girlfriends and boyfriends. The only deus ex machina around is Bob himself. Moreover, he isn’t
Superman. He doesn’t have the technical skill to x-ray the armor and disable it from a distance with his flash vision, and even if he did, his optic blasts are not invisible to the human eye. He cannot act in an undetectable fashion.
Should Bob let Ms. Spirit do her badass normal best to put Bruce in his place or put his own gotley foot down?