Seattle superhero Phoenix Jones unmasks himself, reveals that he has an extreme protégé named Nightstick

After being arrested on Sunday for pepper-spraying a crowd, Seattle costumed defender Phoenix Jones (née Ben Fodor) unmasked himself to local press on Thursday and affirmed his intentions to patrol the streets, despite this Tony Stark-style outing.

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Jones may be the public face of DIY superheroics in the Emerald City, but he also divulged that he has a clandestine associate named Nightstick, who's more of an unhinged anti-hero. Reports Publicola:

Fodor says Nightstick-a friend of Fodor's from the mixed martial arts fighting world-is more interested in going out and thwomping bad guys than calling 911 and waiting for police. Fodor says Nightstick is already meting out street justice in Seattle, breaking up "six or seven crimes," and recently left a drug dealer handcuffed to a light pole.

It's official — we've moved out of the freewheeling Silver Age of public vigilantism and into the gritty Bronze Age (or perhaps the shoulder-pads-and-fanny-packs Hologram Cover Age). I find this slightly disappointing, as we never got to see Phoenix Jones get his own Bizarro evil twin, train a trusty Labradoodle to wear a latex cowl, or become transmogrified into a sentient calzone.

[Spotted on Bleeding Cool/video via KiroTV]

DISCUSSION

NOPE. I'm out. Too toxic.

The whole idea behind these superheroes is noble, it really is. I just wish they would be less public about it. They make themselves a target, for both mockery and danger. I'd like them to be more covert, more subversive. Think more S.H.I.E.L.D. or Global Frequency, as opposed to Justice League or Avengers. Hell, even Batman tried to start out as more covert, before he had a giant flashlight built onto GCPD HQ. There's no need to hold press conferences and don't announce when you're going on patrols. I understand that they want to be symbols, but I think they could accomplish more if the dealers, pimps, thugs, etc. can't see them coming.