April 28, 2011
Superman renounces U.S. citizenship
This shouldn't come as surprising considering the silly leftward tilt that mainstream comics have taken in the last decade or so, but alas ...
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.
First of all, who the f*** really cares what a corrupt, insane terrorist regime like Iran thinks? And for that matter, who the f*** really cares what latest gimmick some other "progressive" writer has decided to come up with to make him and/or a big superhero "relevant" (again)?
I certainly don't, but you might ... hence this post. Avi Green at Four Color Media Monitor has more.
UPDATE: Let's pull a Whoopi Goldberg and play that card, so to speak: “I can’t believe they’re making Superman a racist! It would be one thing if he renounced his U.S. citizenship under The Evil George Bush. But he waits until a black man is in charge? Way to join the Kryptonian Klux Klan, Kal-El.”
Posted by Hube at April 28, 2011 08:09 AM
So does that mean Clark Kent has renounced his citizenship? Surely someone in the government hierarchy via the Justice League, etc. knows that they're the same person.
With the disclaimer that you know for more about comic books than I do, I get a different read.
I'm seeing it as Superman standing up for America values despite Obama's refusal to, getting upbraided for it by the administration.
Your point is a little clearer in an excerpt from the article that you didn't quote: Superman tells the National Security Advisor:
"truth, justice and the American way" -- It's not enough anymore (emphasis in original comic)
In the strictest sense, Supes could have blown them off for any of a number of other reasons:
1) Superman is (and should be) an idealist and should always strive to live out the America dream even if America itself sometimes has to compromise the ideal with reality.
2) As the article you linked to suggests, Superman's association with the USA may cause problems since any action he takes is automatically associated with US foreign policy. Going "non-national" may help in easing tensions. (Although, in the Superman universe, the fact that he hasn't installed an American hegemony should be proof enough he's not a blind tool of American foreign policy and that America isn't trying to install such a situation.)
You're right that their bias is showing in Superman taking an out of character step. It would be much more in keeping with the character as we've known him for 3/4ths of a century to take the same action for either of the reasons I listed above.