America’s New Super Heroes

The new superhero

This morning on the way to work we stopped off for a coffee and had a quick browse through the Times.

One story that caught my eye was about the new American trend of vigilante – all over the country people have been dressing up in ‘Super’ costumes to ‘fight crime’.

Is it a reaction to the movie ‘Kick Ass’ – there have been a lot of super hero movies out recently, maybe the participants have been brought up on too many John wayne movies and believe they are indestructable.

Whatever the cause it was an interesting read – unfortunately I didn’t keep the article so here’s a bit about one of them from The Telegraph – one of the most adventurous, Pheonix Jones:

“Masked vigilante Phoenix Jones suffers broken nose

Phoenix Jones, the masked superhero vigilante protecting the streets of a small American town, has had his nose broken and was threatened at gunpoint over the weekend.

4:22PM GMT 11 Jan 2011

The incident has prompted police to ask that he and others stop dressing up in costumes and instead notify the authorities.

Jones, who wears a black and gold costume, patrols the streets of Lynnwood, a town of 35,000 people just outside Seattle, Washington.

Last week, The Daily Telegraph reported that he had recently prevented a car theft but on Saturday night he suffered a broken nose when attempting to break up a fight.

Jones told local television that he called police and put one of the men in a headlock while waiting for them. Another man then pulled out a gun and when the superhero let go of the man he was holding, the man kicked him in the face and broke his nose.

Jones said: “I endanger my life with a reason and a purpose.”

Taken from The Telegraph – 11th Jan 2011

I wonder why we don’t see super heroes here??

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