by Josh Gross
So-called social villain Rex Velvet has launched the next phase of his dastardly plot against Seattle "superhero" Phoenix Jones and his ilk: a really strongly worded petition. That fiend!
From the petition ...
Superheroes are menaces to our city. They disturb the peace, rudely interject themselves into the business of others, and escalate private confrontations. Not to mention they pepper spray citizens. Sadly, our cities are no longer protected by our once respected police force, but by tormented, delusional freaks in masks.
The campaign is targeted at Washington Governor Christine Gregoire and comes on the heels of a media war Velvet has waged against the Rain City Superhero Movement. Though the viral videos and propaganda tools Velvet has employed against Seattle supers, most notably Phoenix Jones, are comedic in nature, they all carry a clear subtext of letting the police do their jobs rather than having them complicated by local color. Velvet, whoever he really is, has simply chosen to play the game in order to get attention called to an issue that he feels would otherwise be ignored.