Hey! My readers came through. I was looking for the superhero parody which made fun of the line “one with the night.” I thought it might have been The Tick, but searches on that phrase have led me nowhere. It turns out to be an out-of-print 1992 graphic novel called “How to Be a Superhero” by Mark Leigh & Mike Lepine. Dunno where I would have seen this thing, but now I need a copy. Thanks much to the three people who came through as independent confirmation.
This is another one where I bent my rules and changed the art a little. I looked at it with and without the change in transparency, and it was funnier with. The rules are always subordinate to the gag.