Dr. Jules Caprione of the United States Army Science Center was developing a radical new device that would change the face of modern infantry. Caprione and his colleauges were working on HEATSINK, dermal grafts that would allow soldiers on the battlefield to pick up even faint heat signatures. Approaching humans and most vehicles could be picked up within two hundred yards, on every side! No more would faulty nightvision goggles, and the limited radius of human sight would be what our soldies would depend on. After all, the first part of stealth is knowing where they are before they can get to you.
Caprione enjoyed a civilian life, and unfourtunately died in his civilian life, to such a senseless act as a hatecrime. The killers, college boys from out of state, were never indentified "enough" to satisfy the police, who had been intent on locking them up for good untill they examined the victims body. The charge was dropped on the killers for official reason of "lack of due evidence to charge with first degree murder".
You see, there is injustice in this world because of the most inconsoquential of things. In this case, the man, Dr.Jules Caprone, had been born Julia Caprone. The army science center hired the sucessfull Jules Caprone after meeting him breifly face to face, impressed by his research on alternative ways of seeing for the blind. The army never knew, and never cared, that Caprone had once, and was still physically, a woman. The brilliant young man had been brutally attacked in his prime, just because of that. For that, her murders had gotten of clean.
A few months later, history repeated itself, as, unfourtunately, those who are wicked and go unpunished will invetibably repeat their sins. The hazing and potential gang rape of a innocent girl from a bar was prevented, and more than enough evidence to lock the nine perps up for good. That same month a race hater attempting to bomb a predominantly black baptist church was found knocked unconious, his gun in his limp hand, in enough bomb materials to blow up two city blocks. He went away for life as well.
No one knows who, but we think we know why, as someone using the HEATSINK technology is out in the night, shadowing the wicked and protecting the innocent, casualties in a world where people who are stronger or more filled with hate often get away with doing what they will with those who are innocent bystanders. Be it a man or woman, there is someone out there, protecting those who cant protect themselves, someone who never sleeps, never falters, and most importantly, always gets the drop on the hunters who she/he is hunting.
This person is...Pit Viper.
"Look out boys, it's Astro City's greatest hero!"
"Hey, I dont see Samaritan anywhere..."