And being an astronaut was possibly the coolest job he could think of.
If he mashed the words together, he'd no doubt have the most awesome name in the universe.
On the heels of the Leviathan attack on Brockton Bay, people are starving and in need of desperate help. So of course they would be a little skeptical when a young boy wearing a Rooster hat suddenly pops up and just asks what they want.
Set up as being a Multiverse Quest, the story takes place right after Scribblenauts Unmasked as Maxwell and Lily decide to help out other worlds with their powers. And right from the start they pick a doozy with Brockton Bay.
The Boy With The Magic Notebook contains examples of:
- Alternate Universe: This is what Maxwell thinks where people he summons come from. This is proven further when he summons Marquis as he appears in the prime of his youth and Dragon confirming later that Marquis never actually left his cell in the Birdcage.
- All-Loving Hero: Maxwell. Tempered not only by his lesson in saving Lily from being turned to stone, but also from spending time with Superman and Batman.
- Armor-Piercing Question: During the Undersider's attack on the PRT headquarters, Lily asks one of Skitter that makes her pause.Lily: Didn't you want to be a good guy?
- Back from the Dead: A big question Maxwell faces early in the 3rd arc is whether or not he should use his notebook to bring the people Shatterbird killed back to life. He's honestly terrified at the idea of essentially playing god and how people would view him from that point on. After having a much needed talk with Death, he decides to summon White Lantern Deadman to request bringing people back.
- Big Brother Instinct: It's what causes Maxwell to go over the top when attacking the Undersiders as well as what helps form a connection between him and Grue.
- Break the Cutie: For all his power, Maxwell is still just a child. And the sheer horror of Shatterbird's attack on the city did a number on him.
- Brown Note: When Maxwell summons a Hound of Tindalos to find the Slaughterhouse 9, mostly everyone else just reacts with horror and/or disgust. Tattletale on the other hand, thanks to her Thinker abilities, keels over and pukes as she feels borderline mind raped by what she got from the thing.
- Dramatic Irony: When Maxwell talks to Dragon about creating AI's.
- Eldritch Abomination: Maxwell summons a Hound of Tindalos to locate the Slaughterhouse 9. Everyone's reactions to it can be summed up as they are seeing something 'wrong''.
- Establishing Character Moment: There is perhaps no finer example of how innocent and imaginative Maxwell is than his first creation spawned to prove to the Protectorate what his powers are: A Giant Flying Holy Chocolate Doughnut. Nothing else needs to be said.
- Fantastically Indifferent: Most likely from all the times he's summoned creatures like Cthulhu in the past, but Maxwell doesn't even flinch compared to everyone else when he summons a Hound of Tindalos.
- I Should Have Been Better: The crux of Maxwell's Heroic BSoD after Shatterbird's attack.
- I Just Want to Be Special: As much as Lily wants to help her brother, Tattletale hits it on the nose when she tells her she's basically in the background a lot because of her brother's power and doesn't know what to do when she's on her own.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When Piggot suggests making plans against Maxwell, Ms. Militia objects on the grounds that he's Just a Kid. Piggot fires back that so is Bonesaw.
- Just a Kid: Despite seeing his powers firsthand, the Undersiders still referred to Maxwell as this.
- Madness Mantra: SUPER MEDICINE SUPER MEDICINE SUPER MEDICINE SUPER MEDICINE SUPER MEDICINE
- Magic Genetics: While she can't use the notebook, being Maxwell's twin sister allows Lily access to the DC Heroes costumes, granting her their powers. Currently, she's using The Flash's costume.
- Neural Implanting: This is how people are able to easily know how to use the items Maxwell summons.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While completely unintentional, Maxwell makes things worse for the people after Shatterbird's attack by making healing rain fall on them, only to have all their wounds close up with all the glass pieces still inside them.
- Not Afraid to Die: When Assault dies during the Slaughterhouse 9's first attack, Battery doesn't care anymore about Cauldron's hold on her and refused to free Siberian and Shatterbird like in the original canon. Of course, Doctor Mother knew she'd have this reaction and uses it to convince her to instead constantly monitor and report on Maxwell's every action.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Maxwell could easily fix up Brockton Bay without asking anything in return simply because he wants to help people. Piggot still wouldn't allow him, but it was obvious very fast they couldn't exactly stop him.
- Later, Piggot directly request Maxwell to not summon DC heroes just because it makes the Protectorate look bad. Needless to say, Skitter was pissed off at this.
- Oh, Crap!: The Undersiders think they're in trouble when they think they hear Dragon has arrived to stop their attack on the PRT HQ. But it was in fact much worse when you consider that Lily was there at the time.Regent: Yeah that's nice, only it's not Dragon. I said a dragon. I'm talking about a fire breathing, laser shooting, robot dragon that's tearing up the lobby.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: Lily doesn't hesitate to remind Maxwell of his more less-than-nice actions when he first got the notebook.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Maxwell not only can summon anything he can think of along with whatever adjectives to further describe it, but he also has access to every single DC character, not the least of which include Superman and Death. And that's also not forgetting the fact he can also summon any DC hero costume for him and his sister to wear that give them that superheroes powers.
- Rule of Cool: Sure, Maxwell can just make supplies for the city. But why not do it with some style like a Heroic Flying Pirate Ship?
- Stunned Silence: When Maxwell needs to prove to Assault and Battery just how good his power his and decides to summons a Gigantic Flying Holy Chocolate Donut, this is the result.
- Tranquil Fury: Word of God says that Coil used his power multiple times during a meeting with the Villains when Maxwell attended it.
- What the Hell, Hero?: No one, either openly or inwardly, was okay with Imp when she hit Lily on the back of her head hard with a hefty clipboard.