vigilantism

Many of us have seen the movie and read the Kick-Ass comic book, and we’ve heard the stories about real DIY superheroes and vigilantism, particularly in the Pacific Northwest where Phoenix Jones has taken to the streets to fight crime with varying degrees of success and controversy. Some people rave and hold these masked men (and women) up as true heroes, while others, like Det. Mark Jamieson of the Seattle PD, just want them to stop before someone gets hurt, telling ABC News: “They don’t have the training. They don’t have the authority.”

Suddenly though, and by way of the internet, we have learned of a new player in this battle for the Emerald City. Rex Velvet, a monocle wearing, mustachioed mad man with a bowler hat, a sword cane, a Space Needle dagger, and a propensity for grandiose statements and red cocktails, has made himself and his intentions known. The Emerald City has a genuine super villain too, and while he seems like he was pulled strait out of a comic book to stand against Phoenix Jones and the Rain City Superhero Movement, I can attest that he is very real, and very committed. The question is, is Rex Velvet trying to do something legitimate or is he just an attention seeking clown seeking to piggyback atop the micro-fame of a group of people who are actually, and foolishly I might add, going out in the street in an effort to help people?

I spoke to Mr. Velvet this afternoon while doing my best Vicki Vale impression and we discussed his secret evil plan to stop Phoenix Jones, his love of puppies, his henchmen headcount, and the importance of letting the police do their jobs.

Here now is our exclusive interview with Rex Velvet. (more…)

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I couldn’t become Green Lantern unless I was chosen by the Guardians of Oa, but given enough startup capital and an adequate research facility, I could be Batman. – Dr. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)

It’s a debate which has plagued nerd-kind since, well, since the caped crusader’s first appearance in 1939 with the very first issue of Detective Comics. Could someone, with proper training, advanced technology and the necessary funding, become Batman? We all like to believe that yes, it is possible; Batman or rather Bruce Wayne after all is human. He cannot fly like Superman nor does he have super-strength like Wonder Woman. No alien race granted him special powers, Batman is the epitome of human achievement. But is it an achievement any real human could live up to?

This discussion has recently begun anew over at Quora, the popular question and answer website, and a very well thought out and pragmatic answer is making the case for why, no, you cannot become the next Dark Knight. Mark Hughes states why Batman is unachievable and could only ever be achieved if we stripped away all the great nuances that make Batman, Batman. Mark explains,

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