Superman Renounces American Citizenship
Superman will renounce his American citizenship!
Comics Alliance: Superman Renounces [SPOILER] in ‘Action Comics’ #900.
The key scene takes place in “The Incident,” a short story in Action Comics #900 written by David S. Goyer with art by Miguel Sepulveda. 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.
This will, no doubt, create a firestorm of outrage in some quarters (since, for example, I saw people upset that the new Wonder Woman costume wasn’t patriotic enough because the pants didn’t have stars on them).
A few quick thoughts:
1) These things (like the death of Captain America) are done to generate PR and sell comics. Mission accomplished.
2) These things (like the death of Captain America) have a way of being impermanent. (Trust me, I used to collect comics).
3) Quite frankly, the storyline makes sense, if one wants to take a semi-realistic view of superheroes. If Superman was real and was as linked to US as he has been (the American way and all that) then, indeed, any action he took would be construed as US policy. Seeking to be identified as non-national would make sense if Superman was going to do what Superman does (unless, of course, he went the The Dark Knight Returns route).