Skip to comments.PC Comics: Superman Renounces America!
Posted on 05/02/2011 1:31:02 AM PDT by Walter Scott Hudson
Once upon a time, superheroes were a source of comfort and escape from the difficulties and ugliness of real life. While real-life recession and terrorism arent likely to meet any tidy resolutions soon, we can always count on Batman to solve the Riddlers latest puzzle just in time, or Spider-Man to save the damsel in distress (well, usually).
Somewhere along the line, though, it was decided that our heroes had to grapple with real-world issues. When done sparingly and handled well, this can elevate the genre, such as Harry Osborn's battle with drugs or 2008s brilliant The Dark Knight. But more often than not, such efforts these days instead result in train wrecks of heavy-handed political proselytizing and moral confusion.
Such is the case with the latest development in DC Comics Action Comics #900, in which Superman decides he has to renounce his U.S. citizenship:
In it, Superman consults with the President's national security advisor, who is incensed that Superman appeared in Tehran to non-violently support the protesters demonstrating against the Iranian regime, no doubt an analogue for the recent real-life protests in the Middle East. However, since Superman is viewed as an American icon in the DC Universe as well as our own, the Iranian government has construed his actions as the will of the American President, and indeed, an act of war.
Superman replies that it was foolish to think that his actions would not reflect politically on the American government, and that he therefore plans to renounce his American citizenship at the United Nations the next day -- and to continue working as a superhero from a more global than national perspective...
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Was he ever American? I thought he was born on Krypton. He was an illegal alien living in New York. You can’t reject something that you never were. It is funny how people make money off these ridiculous stories. It keeps the economy going I guess.
He was adopted by American citizens in Smallville, Kansas and then went on to work in the city of Metropolis, not New York.
He renounces America? Just like Obama! Next Superman will announce he’s a gay muslim.
I’ve always wondered about that name “Kal-el”.
Since citizenship is not something that is bestowed on a comic book character, this doesn’t mean a thing.
That said, I would fully support it if the writer (of the Superman series) for Action Comics would go ahead and renounce his citizenship. I assure you that our country would not be harmed at all.
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