SALT LAKE CITY — Red Voltage and two of his masked crime-fighting colleagues were approaching an intersection here in Utah’s capital on a recent evening, walking night patrol on foot, when a car suddenly slowed next to them. The night was bitterly cold, laced with a wispy stew of fog that might or might not conceal a thousand dangers. The car’s window rolled down.
Dave Montgomery, also known as Nihilist, studied a map to see where his group would patrol.
"Hi, superheroes!" a woman shouted from within. "I'm in love with you guys!"
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