So you wanna be a SuperHero…

How much do I LOVE this???!

Tho this story is old, new updates are developing constantly surrounding the rise of these real-life costumed crime-fighters. I now understand the reactions of villains from all of the cartoons and comic books that I was into as a child; the sight of someone parading around in dress-up is laughable. No wonder the bad guys were never at a loss of derogatory names to mock their nemeses.

Still, there’s something admirable and commendable about brave men and women who put their safety at risk for the safety of others, regardless how lame. You may think they’re just losers who must live in the basements of their mothers’ houses, but take into account how trying everyday life is. Let’s assume they’re not unemployed nobodies and that they are regular people with 9 to 5’s and responsibilities who dare to add one more arduous task on top of the daily grind. That in itself is super-heroic.

As a child, I always hoped for this to happen and wondered why no one had the gaul to suit up and live that fantasy to come rescue us ghetto children from the misery that was the inner-city 80’s. Now as an adult, near the end of my 20’s, I see this realized – ironically, when I’m halfway jaded by everything! I guess being a New Yorker and the inherent inability to be surprised by anything that comes with it doesn’t help either. I must admit that while it’s late in the game, there’s still a level of excitement that exists for me. I’m still that avid comic-book fan that would get lost in the world of capes and spandex for hours at a time. I still march my way into the theater to see every single superhero-based movie from my youth. So this happening in real life is still awe-inspiring to me in a way.

And maybe those same factors are what contributed to this surge of super-sapiens. Maybe they’re all just a bunch of comic book nerds who had that same dream and question of why not? but just had the will-to-do to make it happen. Maybe all of these Marvel blockbuster films and franchises have opened the world up to previously unreal possibilities. Maybe Stan Lee’s Superhuman reality series on the History channel gave regular Joes some courage in their own abilities. Or maybe The Dark Knight was just THAT damn good and realistic. I must admit, coupled with Batman Begins, the movies did kinda come off as a guide to becoming a vigilante…That is if you have access to billions of dollars and are extremely Tech savvy. Or maybe crime is getting out of hand in the most unexpected places. Whatever the case, at the sociological core, this all speaks to the notion that humans just need to feel important…In some way or another.

The coverage that this all has received has been all of a similar tone. The stories wind up in the more fluff segments of the news, and reporters address the heroes in semi-serious ways. There’s even hints of sarcasm and brutal honesty that leans on the side of doubt. Just look at this clip of Robin Roberts interviewing this alliance of super-men in the Seattle area called the Rain City Superheroes, lead by the now notorious Phoenix Jones. Even the title is somewhat heckling 

And although this clip highlighting Ohio Crime-Fighter Shadow Hare goes a little easier on him and the hero craze, the tone is still evident. 

In a twist that lends itsef more to the fantasy however, this is often the reception from the media that heroes in the comics are met with. Understandably so, these guys make themselves easy targets and spectacles for ridicule. Even for attack. My Homegirl Starrene a.k.a. GangStarr Girl(not a superhero) just recently wrote a post on how Phoenix Jones got himself a broken nose and more than enough bruises while having a gun pulled on him a few weeks ago. Upon viewing the comments left under that post, I saw  a bunch of racially driven comments seemingly from one person claiming La Raza was behind the assualt and that Black people, Like Jones is, are “monkeys”. Shadow Hare has reported getting a dislocated shoulder while stopping a mugging. Things like this bring the reality back into play, and remind you that these are just humans who aren’t endowed with any enhanced strength and are susceptible to death just as any of us are. In fact, their presence might escalate that possibility. A gang full of like-minded individuals such as our ignorant friend there who made all of those comments would be more than happy to set out to make an example of a caped crusader in a heartbeat.

At least Jones has the decent sense to wear bullet proof gear and plating. I’m shocked and disappointed that so many of the costumes worn by these “superheroes” are so rag-tag, home-made and less than Super. I think that may also add to how seriously they get taken. It’s one thing to run around in tights, but at least let yourself be dressed in something practical and helpful. The majority seem to be wearing nylon and not much more, very ill-equipped and under prepared for true confrontation. I’ve seen cyclists and basketball players with more protection! I’m surprised that in this era of gadgetry and access, not to mention great costume design and e-commerce, that these heroes haven’t put more effort and thought into their personas. Even Bruce Wayne ordered his masks online in the Batman Begins film. The names don’t help either. From Master Legend to Dark Guardian, the whole thing just seems like a gathering of nerds asserting alter-egos that they’ve always wanted to bring to life  under the guise of half-hearted civilian care-taking. It all just looks like alot of role-playing and dramaturgy. The only ones I believe are Shadow Hare and Phoenix Jones and a few others…Dare I say Jones may even be the coolest

Either way, these folks exist. And there’s a huge concentration going on. If you don’t do anything else after reading this post, please at least visit the site of the world registry of superheroes to see how real this all is. You’ll get a good laugh at the very least.

I’m glad to see this somehow, and I’m interested in seeing how far this goes. Excelsior!

1 Comment

  1. Whatever this is… wannabe superheroes, if u got the backbone to stand up for justice, mail at
    P.S. wont be visiting same pages again…so keep ur comments to urself…i’m only responding to serious mails…

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