Superman Gives Up His Citizenship-Says Up, Up And Away To U.S.A
Now this is whacked. How come it feels like the only ones not deserting us these days are the Chinese. Now Superman's fed up with us too. Like that's all we needed.
Action Comics #900 flies the Man of Steel right(or left) into the center of the political spectrum. Whoa! After failing to meet his end after round upon round of Kryptonite, the galaxies' most powerful villians, and even death--this might just be his toughest adversary yet.
Why would Superman do this? He stood with Iranians non-violently protesting their government's actions. This leads to Iran's leaders construing this involvement as "the will of the American President, and indeed, an act of war." So, Superman not wanting to be accused of pandering to one nation's or person's interests, does the only thing the coolest freaking superhero on the planet, would do-- he plans to renounce his U.S. citizenship. Does that go for Clark Kent, too?
You know, it kind of makes sense actually. He's always been more of a hero to the whole world--I'm cool with that. However, I'm kind of disappointed that there aren't enough awesome enemies to keep him distracted from politics. How does Superman stand in the midst of all that and manage to only protest "non-violently?" I"d hope the sight of him joining in the "kumbayas," would inspire some peace and understanding between all sides, but apparently not.
...Superman announces that he is going to give up his U.S. citizenship. Despite very literally being an alien immigrant, Superman has long been seen as a patriotic symbol of "truth, justice, and the American way," from his embrace of traditional American ideals to the iconic red and blue of his costume. What it means to stand for the "American way" is an increasingly complicated thing, however, both in the real world and in superhero comics, whose storylines have increasingly seemed to mirror current events and deal with moral and political complexities rather than simple black and white morality.
It's pretty sad really when a fictional comic book character makes this kind of an impact, but I guess it is Superman. We'll see how it sells.