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The night Seattle’s superheroes were super-friends on Capitol Hill

This is a picture from happier times. For one Saturday night, three peculiar individuals who make it their business to patrol Seattle’s streets to help the good guys and beat back the bad guys teamed up to take on the mean streets of Capitol Hill. Since that night a week ago, we have learned that the peace has been broken. Phoenix Jones of the Rain City Superhero Movement, and White Baron and Sky Man of Real Life Superheroes worked together on Capitol Hill last Saturday night. CHS was lucky enough to be there. But according to posts on Facebook, there’s a fissure between the super pals that even Superman couldn’t squeeze back together.

We first told you about a superhero patrolling Capitol Hill earlier this month. This isn’t comic book kind of crime fighting. Here’s an example of some of the daring do — two guys making sure a boisterous homeless guy looking for a cigarette hadn’t bothered anybody near the Capitol Club. SeattleCrime went out on patrol with Phoenix Jones and found similar levels of bravery on display.

The new Phoenix Jones suit (Image: Facebook)

Things didn’t get any more exciting on the streets last Saturday night when CHS met up with all three caped crusaders. We did learn one valuable piece of information about Phoenix Jones, however, that you’ll want to consider as he patrols Capitol Hill on one of his five nights a week he says he’s on Seattle’s streets: that wand he carries? That’s a real, honest-to-god cattle prod, permitted by the Seattle Police Department, he says. Just an fyi.

Last Saturday was one of the first nights that Jones openly patrolled in his full costume, abandoning his previous Clark Kent method of disguising his costume under normal clothing. Jones admitted how ridiculous he feels when wearing a costume but he said he must keep his true identity under wraps for the safety of his family.

So as not to be mistaken by the police as a criminal, Jones has taken measures to call out his identity and intention to help not harm.  On Saturday, Jones and his counterpart superheroes patrolled the streets openly, and while some snickered at their costumes, many reacted with awe and thanks upon recognizing the heroes.  Jones was like a gracious celebrity, shaking hands and posing for photos with those who recognized him, urging all to friend him on Facebook.  Despite the public attention, he was still on the lookout for dangerous situations, and managed to guide a drunk to safety and help a man whose car had been rear-ended. Jones acknowledged that nights without a wild bar fight or other criminal activity are unusual, and the lack of crime he encounters makes him question if it is happening somewhere he isn’t.

Phoenix Jones took on the role of a superhero out of frustration as he witnessed his friends and loved ones suffer through accidents and crimes while his peers did nothing, and law enforcement took too long to respond.

After the one night of working with White Baron and Sky Man, things haven’t really gelled with the representatives from two different camps of superheroes. Jones sees more importance in fighting crime, he said and thinks others in Seattle’s superhero scene are too focused on easier pursuits like handing out free food.

Regardless of the Facebook tiff, Phoenix Jones is out there, he hasn’t gotten hurt too badly and the people we saw him meet on Capitol Hill seemed to think he was cool. Maybe there’s a lesson there for some of the people on the Hill who have been interested in starting a Q-Patrol for the neighborhood. The nicknames are fun. And the costumes are fabulous.

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10 thoughts on “The night Seattle’s superheroes were super-friends on Capitol Hill

  1. I’m glad they’re all out there. I saw a news story on them. It takes a lot of guts to confront a belligerent drunk intent on driving home.

    They’re far better people than I could ever be. Love the costumes!

  2. Yeah, I saw him outside the Comet confront a drunk dude who was bothering people on the sidewalk. Drunk guy said, and I quote, “Get the fuck away from me before I knock that stupid fucking mask off your face….pussy.” Phoenix the mighty super-hero walked off.

  3. I’d like for Superheroes to feel more comfortable suiting up. I’d expect, though, that the fewest snickers are heard on Capitol Hill.

  4. A recap is as followed: Tons of butthurt has caused Jones to drop his original title of ‘RLSH’ (or ‘Real Life Superhero’ to opt the use of his groups name Rain City Superhero Movement (or the more than ironic ‘RCSM’). While he has ironed things out with Skyman the blows dealt to him and his friends from his caped peers are still apparent. The RLSH prides itself on a possitive reputation (mostly by doing sure-fire things that usually don’t get a bad-rap like giving to the homeless and doing childrens charity events) and disowns anyone that brings them bad press, but in the REAL world, where negitive feedback is an unavoidable obsticle, Jones continues to sally foward with his mission of crime-fighting. Even as a Villain I can appreciate the boldness of a man that does what he feels is right regardless of what others think.

    Much like Charles Manson.

    -Malvado: The Most Hated Villain in America

  5. I have pretty much ignored all of the drama and am unsure what to think. One minute, PJ was accused of flashing gang signs at Skyman and making death threats. The next minute, Skyman retracts his story and blames the incident on sleep deprivation.
    I know firsthand that the RLSH community ostracizes those who give them bad press– as “Malvado the RLSV” said in his comments. I have no problem with doing charity events in uniform, as well as fighting crime.
    While I was active (I have taken a long leave of absence because of RLSH drama), I didn’t expect those whom I patrolled with (White Baron and Dreamer) to throw themselves into fights. Mr. RavenBlade and I have done our best to protect ourselves by being trained in martial arts, the use of handheld weapons, and occasionally getting into situations on the street that luckily were handled better with “verbal judo” than with punches and kicks.

    If Phoenix Jones is the hero that he says he is, and continues to mean well, then I would be happy to patrol with him in the future.

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