Once an experiment in creating a TV star and corporate mascot super hero, Max Rad; found celebrity to be fleeting. Disillusioned and embittered, he turned to a life of crime.
Maxwell Bland was a mutant, one born with extraordinary powers. His abilities first manifested themselves in his teens, with Max quickly discovering how to put them to use. He began using his powers to kinetically charge his skateboard, allowing him to propel himself at high speeds and pull off impressive, death-defying stunts. This, combined with his good looks and appeal towards the youth demographic bought him to the attention of Radikal Wear, a sporting goods division of Multicorp who saw in the young Bland an opportunity for corporate promotion.
Contacting Max, they impressed upon him the idea of using his powers to fight crime while working for them to promote their products. In essence, the corporation would gain the services of a full-time superhero that would not only protect their assets, but would also promote their goods and their corporate image. Max agreed, having a desire to find fame and fortune himself.
As an added incentive, Multicorp planned to launch a “Max Rad” TV series with Max in the lead role. Initially apprehensive about playing himself on TV, Max’s fears were allayed by assurances that secret identities were “a thing of the past” and that “all the cutting edge heroes were doing it”. The large salary, as well as movie options, didn’t help either. And so, in a blaze of publicity, Max Rad’s sponsored crime fighting career was launched.
Except things didn’t work out. Max’s lack of experience with his powers became obvious; while he was adept at using them to pull off skateboarding stunts, he was less then effective in combat; several times he had to be rescued by other superheroes. To make matters worse, the Max Rad TV series was a critical and ratings bomb, with Max’s acting drawing particularly harsh criticism. Re-tooled during its first season, the series was cancelled after only thirteen episodes.
As if things weren’t bad enough, a battle between Max Rad and several supervillains was broadcast live on television in a desperate bid for publicity. The move backfired as Max was very publicly defeated by the Atomic Pimp, considered to be a joke villain by many in the media and Superhero community. Multicorp, realising that Max Rad was not working out for them, decided to cut their losses and fired Max.
Unfortunately, Max had developed something of a taste for fame and fortune, and decided that he wanted to be a hero regardless. Unfortunately, a combination of his insufferable attitude and lack of experience (as well as a certain desire not to be associated with such a fiasco) meant that he was rejected by every hero group that he applied to. His solo efforts weren’t too much better; while he was able to defeat common muggers, he rarely seemed to do very well against actual supervillains.
Embittered and angry at both the superhero community as a whole, as well as Multicorp for, in his eyes, setting him up to fail, he swore revenge on all those that he felt had betrayed him. He started a one-man crusade against those who had wronged him, determined that he would show them all what he was really capable of. If he could not be famous, then he would be infamous; if the world would not accept Max Rad, Superhero, then it would fear him as Supervillain.
Max has the power to imbue (or “charge”) objects with kinetic energy. Typically, an object that he imbues becomes potentially explosive, allowing him to throw them at enemies like grenades or missiles. Similarly, he can charge objects he holds to allow him to land devastating punches. Another use of his power is to charge objects and then ride off the energy he imbues them with, able to propel himself at high speeds and “bounce” off objects.
It was this ability that was his signature; Max used a skateboard as his method of transport, one that he would charge before activating to take off at high speeds, then further charge to leap incredible distances or perform stunts. To his day, he retains the skateboard, albeit with a deadly edge; the board now has a sharpened metal edge, allowing him to use it as a deadly weapon.
Once rather enthusiastic and outgoing, Max has become a rather embittered man who tends to blame the entire world for his situation. He has somehow become convinced that he was better off not being found by Multicorp, earnestly feeling that he could have made a career out of being a professional skateboarder. As a result, he is obsessed with revenge against those who put him in this situation; Multicorp and the Superheroes who he felt deliberately mocked him and “wanted him to fail” because they were all “envious of his success”. That Multicorp asked him to use his real name on TV and play himself hasn’t helped the issue, knowing full well that he will always be recognised, regardless of the situation.
At no point has he considered his own flaws – his insufferable attitude, overblown ego and inability to act – to have been an issue. Nor does he acknowledge the fact that it was his choice to appear on-screen as himself and blow any chance he may have had of maintaining a secret identity. Everything that ever went wrong in his life is always blamed on someone else.
Despite this, Max is more then happy to work with other supervillains, especially those who claim to have been wronged by others and are motivated by vengeance more then anything else. While he usually targets Multicorp or engages in deliberate acts to provoke superhero responses, he also works for money. One of the few things he does fondly remember about his time as a TV star is living a luxurious life, something he wants to recapture.
Max particularly hates the superhero Firefox for his publicity seeking and holding the media spotlight, simply because he feels that he should be there instead. He sometimes associates with the Destructors because he feels he understands their desire for random violence.
Max Bland is a handsome man in his early 30s with long brown hair usually worn in a ponytail and blue eyes. He often seems to be somewhat unshaven. He has a lean, athletic build. In battle, Max usually wears his suit from his TV hero days as a way of mocking his foes; the suit is bright red and orange, and topped off with a jacket; he does not wear a mask.