The Real Kick Ass

geist-16Meet Geist, bond fide costumed crime-fighter
Originally published in March 2010 edition of Empire Magazine

By Own Williams
“Being a Superhero is a crazy, unorthodox idea, but it’s a fun way to something good,” says Geist, one of several hundred costumed vigilantes currently active in the USA. On his nightly patrols he’s defused domestic violence, broken up bar brawlers and reclaimed gang territory, not to mention uncovering a fake cop given to pulling over teenage girls an asking them to do “creepy things” and helping out during the 2007 Minnesota floods.
Reactions to his arrival are mixed. The first state trooper he encountered at the floods “put his hand on his Taser and locked me up and down” before sending him in the right direction. But he says his local cops are content that he’s fighting for good- “Although they’d prefer I stick to charity work.”
He describes his look as that of an “urban detective cowboy”, while the name translates simply as “ghost” or “spirit”. Geist is “someone who appears out of nowhere, does what’s necessary” than vanishes.
“I try not to hang around,” he says. “I become a lot less interesting when I do.”

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3 Comments on “The Real Kick Ass

  1. You’ve got that right, Man. When the floods happened, I had recently sold a lot of good comics to fund my RLSH activities (I’m guessing that Mark Millar read about that in my first interviews and adopted the concept in “Kick-Ass”) and frankly, I had a lot of money to buy truckloads of supplies that the people needed in the disaster. I returned to those towns frequently and was glad to do so.

  2. We need more heroes like Geist…people who aren’t afraid to stand up to gangs, drug dealers and other urban scumbags.