Real-life Superheroes

They prevent car thefts, hunt for missing children, and watch silently over Seattle and the surrounding cities.

Who are they? The Rain City Super Hero Movement (RCSHM).

Ordinary men and women, who see a call for champions of safety, suit up and stand up for those in need.

Always anonymous, and wearing an individualized outfit, these superheroes exist to put an end to violence and crime in our area.

The RCSHM is the brain child of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr’s comic book series, “Kick Ass,” which tells the story of a regular teenage boy who purchases a green body suit online and takes to the streets to fight crime.

While these superheroes might seem right out of the pages of a comic book, they warn that this job is not about glory or media attention.

Red Dragon, a Seattle-based superhero insists that RCSHM is about regular people.

“There are no super powers. It’s not a comic, it’s not a game or a movie,” said Red Dragon. “I can’t fly or shoot spiderwebs from my hands. No heat vision. Nothing. I get shot or stabbed in a place that doesn’t have armor…I end up in the hospital like every one else. Or worse.”

The RCSHM knows how dangerous this job can be.

One of the more publicized RCSHM members, Phoenix Jones, has admitted to being stabbed and put in many near-death situations.

In January of this year Jones received media attention for preventing the car jacking of a local man in Lynnwood, Washington.

Many real-life super-heroes have martial arts training, medical training, or military experience which makes them a valuable part of the network.

In addition to the physical and mental sharpness required, there is also the suit and the name, often the most interesting part for fans.

Outfits are generally custom made and outfitted with protective armor and mace or tasers.

For more information visit www.reallifesuperheroes.org