Since this blog is called The Daily Wedgie, you can see how I’d get excited when I hear that people are running around Seattle with their underwear on the outside. Oh, wait. They’re just superheroes.
Apparently there are nine of these “Superheroes” patrolling the streets of Seattle at night, fighting crime. They call themselves the Rain City Superhero Movement and say they’re part of a nationwide organization of real-life crimefighters.
According to police, the Seattle superheroes go by the names Thorn, Buster Doe, The Green Reaper, Gemini, No Name, Catastrophe, Thunder 88, Penelope and Phoenix Jones, the Guardian of Seattle.
Jones is a 22-year-old man who, every night, strolls into a Seattle comic store, enters a hidden back room and emerges transformed in a costume that includes a skin-tight rubber suit, black cape, blue tights, white belt and mask, a bulletproof vest and a bulletproof cup that covers his groin area. Police say he’s often driven around town by a young woman not in costume. She doesn’t get out of the car, instead waiting patiently while the Guardian does his thing.
But before you write the Guardian and his superfriends off as just another bunch of tights-wearing wannabes, they actually have fought some crime, including one incident in which the Guardian chased off a car prowler in Lynnwood.
The encounter started when a man, who asked to be identified only as Dan, was walking back to his car in a parking lot and saw some yob trying to pry open his car. Dan began to call 911, but said help arrived before he even finished dialing.
“From the right, this guy comes dashing in, wearing this skin-tight rubber, black and gold suit, and starts chasing him away,” said Dan.
Police, however, aren’t so enthusiastic about the group, saying the “costume-wearing complainants” are lucky they haven’t been hurt. In one instance, police say a witness on Capitol Hill saw the crusaders wearing ski masks in a car parked at a gas station and thought they were going to rob the place. Police got the license plate and found the masked characters drove a Kia Fate registered to one Superhero's godmother. She told police her godson goes around doing good deeds.
Quick, No Name! To the crapmobile!