The Wall Street Journal reports on a disturbing trend in the Real Life Super Hero craze taking the nation by storm.
Phoenix Jones has caused a rift in the community, causing a split down the middle and forcing the Real Life Superheroes to choose which side they are on.
His preference for physical methods to solve issues has caused concern. While most characters stuck to delivering food to the homeless or patrolling, detering crime by their prescence and calling the police when necessary, Phoenix Jones takes on drug dealers, and has been shot and stabbed in the process.
The paper quotes one Knight Owl as saying “For the first time, we have someone who agrees with our overall purpose but doesn’t agree with our methods. I suppose it was bound to happen, but it’s definitely a growing pain within the community. Whether intentionally or not, he’s representing the community now, and that makes some people nervous.
Phoenix Jones was blackballed by the other superheroes, initially, so he started his own group, the Rain City Superheroes, including the likes of Buster Doe, Pitch Black, Blue Sparrow and Ski Man
He’s quoted as saying “Handing out food to the homeless is an entirely worthy thing to do, but it’s not what superheroes do. If you’re going to drive a fire truck, people are going to expect you to put out fires. If you dress up like a superhero, people are going to expect you to fight crime… I don’t see the point in handing sandwiches to homeless people in areas in which the homeless are getting abused, attacked, harassed by drug dealers.”
In January, there was an attempted accord between the two groups, going on a late night patrol with each other. But, as with Iron Man and Captain America, it was going to rub raw.
Zetaman of the Real Life Superhero group argued with Phoenix Jones, posting on his blog later about Phoenix Jones’ very physical approach to issues he encountered – “all of us are afraid of one day someone is going to get killed and it’ll be all over… I don’t need this kind of macho crap in my life and I don’t need to prove myself to anyone, least of all to Phoenix Jones and his Rain City Superhero Movement.”
So the question is, if you want to be a superhero on the streets of Seattle… whose side are you on?