Among the superheroes we meet:
“Mr. Xtreme” – An Asian-American in his mid-30s, Mr. Xtreme lives alone in a disheveled San Diego apartment that he calls “The Xtreme Cave.” Dressed in his handmade costume, which takes inspiration from Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mr. Xtreme passes out recruitment flyers to amused passersby on the street, hoping to find others who will join his “Xtreme Justice League” – though as of now, he’s the sole member. On patrol, he does team up with another RLSH, The Vigilante Spider, but their crime fighting is interrupted by cops, who ask for their IDs and take photos. The police are friendly enough, but Mr. Xtreme says a RLSH’s relationship with law enforcement is “not exactly symbiotic.” Mr. Xtreme’s parents worry about the danger of his hobby, but he says he won’t quit until there is no more violent crime. He hangs flyers all over town with the face of a groper on the loose, urging fellow citizens to report perps like this one.
“Zimmer” – Bounding across rooftops in Brooklyn, Zimmer is the only unmasked superhero we meet. A 20-something gay man, Zimmer feels that he needs to be as open about his RLSH identity as he is about his sexuality; his no-frills uniform consists of black
pants and a basic grey tee. Zimmer lives with three other RLSHs, “Lucid,” “Z.” and a young woman who calls herself “T.S.A.F.” (The Silenced And Forgotten); together, they form the “New York Initiative.” From their apartment, Zimmer and his crew regularly
launch “bait” missions, in which one acts like an “easy target” in hopes of intercepting a criminal act. After one bait patrol, the group decides to call it a night when it begins to rain, but then a man nearby is grazed by a passing car. Zimmer dresses the man’s wounds (he is currently training to be an EMT) and they help the man get home safely.
“Master Legend” – A 40-something man living in Orlando, Master Legend developed his superhero alter-ego when he was just eight, after taking on the local school bully. Today, he patrols the streets in a black-and-silver costume, complete with cape and mask. Master Legend is the founder of “Team Justice,” which he says is the only RLSH group in the U.S. with non-profit status. Among his purported powers: “super speed, high endurance, sight beyond sight, healing powers, and superhuman strength.” He also concentrates on good deeds like the Team Justice Christmas Drive, which gives toys to kids in shelters. “I’m accomplishing something,” he asserts with pride.