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Detective Annual 6 (1993) is part of the Bloodlines crossover, running through the DC annuals this year. I hated Bloodlines.  I don’t know anyone who liked Bloodlines.  A bunch of aliens come to Earth and kill people. But some of the people they kill do not die, instead gaining super-powers.  Chuck Dixon, Jim Balent and Gary Fernandez do an ok job on this issue a short-lived and forgettable hero, Geist.

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Those who survive the alien attack suffer memory loss, so this guy is given almost no backstory.  Which is fine, as it’s not needed.

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Oh, look, the aliens got him.

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And he wakes up, and discovers that he is invisible in the light, but can be seen in darkness.

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For some reason, he figures this merits becoming a hero, and he makes himself a costume, and starts calling himself Geist, the Twilight Man.

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And so, later on, when Harvey Bullock, Lieutenant Kitch and Renee Montoya are being menaced by another alien, Geist comes along to help.  As does Batman.  It’s Jean-Paul Valley in the costume, but he gets so little time in the issue, one could almost miss that.

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Geist does prove himself useful, making Renee Montoya invisible as well, saving her from being killed by the alien.

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The final page does give Jean-Paul the opportunity to show what a jerk he is, although I suspect Bruce Wayne would have been equally dismissive of this hero.

Geist returns in the Bloodlines finale.

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