Virgil Hawkins is a smart, funny teen who tangles with school gang leader Francis, who calls himself "F-Stop." The leader of another school gang, Wade, protects Virgil sometimes, but says he can't be there all the time for Virgil. Wade asks Virgil to join his gang, but Virgil doesn't want to be part of a gang because a gang's gunfire killed his mother, Jean. Wade tells Virgil to show up at the docks. Virgil is afraid to say "no", so he shows up. When Virgil arrives at the docks, Wade's gang gives him a gun as F-Stop's gang shows up. A gang fight ensues. Virgil throws the gun in the river and hides as the police arrive. As soon as the police get there, they start shooting - hitting some gas canisters and causing gas to spread all over the docks. Virgil runs home and, the next day, discovers he can control and manipulate electricity and anything metallic. He goes over to Richie's, his best friend's, house, and they pick out a costume and a superhero name for Virgil - resulting in the birth of Static.
As a result of last episode's explosion, metahumans are everywhere and most of them are committing crimes. Virgil begins to fight crime as Static, and when F-Stop returns, now possessing the metahuman ability to control fire and renaming himself "Hotstreak", Virgil is ready to beat him once and for all.
Virgil also learns that Alva and the Mayor were responsible for the gas that caused the metahuman mutations, and tries to prove it by sneaking into Alva's office to find proof - but winds up fighting off an army of Alva's henchmen. Virgil ultimately defeats the henchmen and takes a disk that contains proof.
Later, as Static fights Hotstreak again, the disk with all of Alva's information on it gets destroyed. However, Static powers up and finally defeats Hotstreak.
Derek Barnett, one of the most popular jocks at school, asks Virgil for help for tutoring. After one of their sessions, he begins to head home, when it is revealed that he is a Bang Baby, and turns into a mass of ionic energy. He is picked up off the streets after accidentally blowing up things and running, terrified and confused, from citizens and the police. Later, Static is also picked up by the same person who picked up Derek (D-Struct), a Bang Baby with control over shadows named Ebon, who "collects" metahumans and wants Static to join his crew, along with a girl named Talon, who is now part bird, and a guy named Shiv, who can change his hands into weapons.
Richie bumps into an old man in an alleyway, granting him the gift of lygokinesis: the ability to create, control and manipulate pure purple-colored energy. Richie uses his powers to become a superhero named "Push," but panics when those powers begin to fade. The old man then reappears and introduces himself as Ragtag, a Bang Baby with the ability to grant others superpowers. Richie is desperate to keep being a hero, and eventually joins forces with Run and Jump--teens who Ragtag gave the gifts of super-speed and teleportation, respectively--to commit crimes on the old man's behalf in exchange for more "hits" of power.
When Mr. Hawkins leaves town and puts Sharon in charge of the house, Virgil is less than happy--and he becomes especially worried when Sharon starts piecing together clues that suggest his identity as Static. To make matter worse, two new Bang Babies have begun a crime spree: Boom, a teenager with a loudspeaker in his chest that allows him to shoot concussive sound-wave blasts, and his younger sister Mirage, who has the ability to manipulate light to create extremely realistic illusions. Upon discovering that Mirage is a reluctant partner in her older brother's plots, Static tries to work with her to stop Boom while simultaneously keeping Sharon from discovering his secret.