Shades of Kick-Ass: A group of self-styled superheroes are going a step beyond cosplay and attempting to fight crime in real life, although their most notable achievements so far seem to be drawing attention to themselves and giving the Seattle police headaches. The Rain City Superheroes patrol the streets of Seattle giving food to the homeless and watching for crimes to stop, but things turned sour recently when their flagship character, Phoenix Jones, tried to break up a fight and ended up with a broken nose.
Up until then, the Rain City Superheroes were a bit of a local phenomenon, a fun story for a slow news day. While they rigidly maintain the secrecy of their identities (Phoenix Jones claims to have a wife and a day job), they allowed a camera crew to follow them on patrol, and they were recently interviewed on Good Morning America. Jones has a logical explanation for his costume—it’s bulletproof (including a bulletproof cup) and makes him instantly recognizable to police. (There’s a flaw in that argument, of course—if I were a criminal in Seattle, I’d be shopping for capes, so the police wouldn’t shoot me.) Jones explains his costume, and even shows off his secret hideout (a comics store) in this video for CBS News.
And in a true Battle of the Real Life Superheroes, Jones has raised the ire of Mr. Ravenblade, who claims that he is the original Real Life Superhero and that Jones and the others are ruining his brand. Ravenblade’s offer to mentor the Rain City Superheroes seems to have gone unanswered.
Perhaps Mr. Ravenblade is jealous: Phoenix Jones now has his own theme song, too.