COMICS: Superman Renounces His American Citizenship In Action Comics #900

This one is bound to cause a stir. In the David Goyer penned story, The Man Of Steel turns his back on "Truth, justice and the American way"...

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 4/28/2011
Nothing gets some folks hackles up like a healthy dose of politics in comics. Particularly if those politics could be somehow construed as "un-American". Well, in Action Comics 900, David Goyer writes a story which sees Superman renounces his American citizenship after becoming involved in peaceful protests in Tehran which cause ructions for his adopted country. Supes comes to believe that being explicitly seen as a force for the US(be it good or bad) can no longer ensure the safety of the entire world..



Interesting stuff. And brave in my opinion. But I'm sure some would see it differently. As Bleeding Cool points out, a while back when Wonder Woman's new costume sported one less star on it Fox News almost had a hernia, and described her as un-American , unpatriotic and some going so far as to call her a communist. Their reaction to this should be pretty funny if and when they get wind of it.



Source: Bleeding Cool
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LEEE777 - 4/28/2011, 3:31 AM
Fox news sucks! : P

Good ol' Supes! ; D
theboywonder - 4/28/2011, 3:37 AM
Fox is a bunch of Looneys
JoshWilding - 4/28/2011, 3:37 AM
An interesting move. I wonder whether this will carry through to the awful "Grounded" arc in the main Superman title. I've not been reading Action Comics, but just like Detective Comics is better than the main Batman series, I might have to pick this up instead.
Denn1s - 4/28/2011, 3:40 AM
this is great news. superman is here on earth for all of us, not just america. jor el didn't send him to america, he sent him to earth. he just happened to land in america.
jimoakley666 - 4/28/2011, 3:45 AM
Cool. Very nice development and it makes sense.
Badawi - 4/28/2011, 3:46 AM
Fox News is run by a bunch of racist idiots
Ethic - 4/28/2011, 3:47 AM
I think it's a great move to establish Superman as Earth's hero rather than an American Icon.
I'm Irish, and I've been absolutely inspired by the character since my birth.

He's bigger than America.
But keep the denouncement a positive move, it shouldn't be an action out of anything negative.
marvel72 - 4/28/2011, 3:50 AM
@ denn1s

exactly what i was gonna say,well said.

action comics 900 thats impressive.
Facade - 4/28/2011, 3:51 AM
Should be interesting to see how this news and having cast a Brit for MOS affects domestic US sales.

What does this mean for Supes involement in JLA?

[frick] you Goyer for exploiting this and making it an issue.

Btw, Ror, you can't be anymore "un-American" then to renounce your American citizenship ;p
manthingnitsuj - 4/28/2011, 3:58 AM
red son tp is a good take on this question - superman co-opted and defined by nationalism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman:_Red_Son
thereaper27 - 4/28/2011, 4:01 AM
about time
Badawi - 4/28/2011, 4:07 AM
And Superman rocks for doing this, it's about [frick]ing time
Amazo - 4/28/2011, 4:07 AM
@ manthingnitsuj
Red Son is a great book,totally agree :)
I'm diggin this development.It makes perfect sense.
@Denn1s
Well said and accurate mate! :)
superman7 - 4/28/2011, 4:09 AM
Ehh... this just seems like a move to stir things up. I don't think he should renounce his US citizenship. That would mean that he would have to follow certain rules while in America.

It just seems like a stupid plot device. He could publicly announce that he is dropping "the american way" from his slogan, or change it to "truth, justice and the democratic way." But this seems rash and spontaneous. That will complicate his marriage, cause work problems, ect.

Besides, those saying that he spends too much time focusing on America.... These comics are written in America! The majority of the cities associated with each hero are in america, and the majority of the villains are also based in America, so this is just a move to intentionally cause controversy. Stupid.

He doesn't have to renounce his ties to America in order to service the rest of the world.
AC1 - 4/28/2011, 4:12 AM
That's very risky! But, if DC Comics can't take a risk with their most iconic character (actually the most iconic character of any comic book company) then nobody can.

I have mixed feelings about this, because Im so used to Superman being an all-American hero (hell, everybody's used to that!) but it does make sense, and Superman is probably the only character capable of protecting the entire Earth, not just America. Hopefully this doesn't change too much, except maybe more overseas adventures for the Man of Steel, or maybe a nice new story arc featuring the U.S army vs Superman, or even something similar to Marvel's Civil War, with Superman and some other anti-establishment heroes vs the US government and government endorsed superheroes. Actually, I'm pretty excited about this news, and I hardly ever read comic books! (More of a fan of the characters and their history than actual arcs)

I'm also pleasently surprised that there hasnt been a major American backlash on this feed, with a bunch of Americans saying "[frick] superman!" and "[frick] DC!". I'm impressed!
SiMo - 4/28/2011, 4:15 AM
U.S. still have Captain America. *lol*
superman7 - 4/28/2011, 4:17 AM
This is against what superman stands for... Since when does superman go out of his way to burn bridges when a much more diplomatic solution could have been met that does not include, what many will feel is, a betrayal to the people he has acquainted himself with for the span of his entire career?

He doesn't. Superman is all about finding the best solution for everyone, if possible. And he wouldn't just renounce the people that raised him. Like i said, he could have made it (publicly) clear that he would now focus on the rest of the world, as opposed to just focusing on US, without causing unnecessary drama/ controversy.
AC1 - 4/28/2011, 4:20 AM
@superman7, it's SUPERMAN that's renouncing his citizenship, Clark Kent will remain an American Citizen, as the government in the comics would recognize them as two seperate entities (Clark's identity isn't government knowledge, is it?) so it wouldnt affect his marriage, work, etc.

And Superman, as many have said earlier in the comments, was sent to Earth to protect Earth, not just America. And he kind of does need to renounce his american ties in order to protect the rest of the world, if only to remain as a neutral party who is only interested in protecting the world from evil (if he went to a country at war with the USA to save them from a disaster, while being an American citizen this could cause problems, while being nationless would make him more of a figure for Earth's protection, not just America).
Hellsing - 4/28/2011, 4:21 AM
LOOOL Wonder Woman isn't American, she's Amazonian, she's ambassador so she doesn't have to love America get over It FOX.

Finally DC grew a pair, and there is no "american way" well not any more so get over it.
supermanallstar - 4/28/2011, 4:21 AM
Superman belongs to the world, but Clark Kent can still be American couldn't he? :P
RorMachine - 4/28/2011, 4:24 AM
Superman7, from what I gather he isn't turning his back on ANYONE, he is simply distancing himself from the American government, not the American people. Now I haven't read the whole issue so I can't go into it too much.
Hellsing - 4/28/2011, 4:27 AM
it sounds like he's renouncing the government, doesn't mean he's gonna turn his back on you americans.
SiMo - 4/28/2011, 4:27 AM
He has to be careful now: Maybe he will be shot down now while trying to land in America witout landing permission... :))
stack - 4/28/2011, 5:05 AM
Here is the Fox news article. Wow you people are way off target. How many of you read the article before commenting on it?

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/07/01/new-wonder-woman-loses-patriotic-costume/
VictorHugo - 4/28/2011, 5:24 AM
Nice. But this was alerady mentioned in Grant Morrison´s Justice League run, it was something like:
"The Justice League has a global view, we need the Ultramarines to attend to the US interests".
VictorHugo - 4/28/2011, 5:25 AM
BTW, why is Superman using his 4d vision while saying this? (blue and green eyes)?
ShadowMan - 4/28/2011, 5:27 AM
How about this: Truth, Justice and Freedom.
VictorHugo - 4/28/2011, 5:31 AM
The Justice League International in the 80´s used the United Nations flag.

They were quite sucessful here in Brazil. Ice and Fire were my favourites along with Blue Beetle and Buster Gold.
AlReg - 4/28/2011, 5:35 AM
I actually hope not many people talk about it the story was not really good with a hokey ending. Whatever your politics you might be disappointed in the story since it is underwhelming the best back up was Damon Lindelof's story set on Krypton.
Rodimus9 - 4/28/2011, 5:39 AM
The U.S.A. already has enough illegal immigration, so good riddance. Superman lives in the north pole anyways.
BlindLemonShemp - 4/28/2011, 5:45 AM
greatest thing possible for superman and DC!
As a full fledged, born and raised, midwestern american i whole heartedly approve of this!
If i were superman i'd do the same, and if i was from another country hell yea id be pissed that the U.S. Govt. undoubtedly used Superman's citizenship as leverage to bully and manipulate other countries... cuz thats politics.. and Superman knows it...
VictorHugo - 4/28/2011, 5:49 AM
Ahem, does Iran and Iraq even exists in the DC universe?
So what happened to "Qurac", the ficctional country that replaces those arab countries? Does David Goyer knows basic DC universe backstory? I think this is reason enough to deport him, since he is lowering the quality of american comics.
Ancar - 4/28/2011, 5:55 AM
That's sensational! I've never saw Superman as an american, but as a global protector already.

But I believe that in the end of the story we will discover that he was possessed by some arab vilain.
Chewtoy - 4/28/2011, 5:58 AM
@stack: I believe the comments were aimed at the various talking heads at Fox News that fill out the cable channel with their opinions on everything, rather than the dry reporting of the article.

As a liberal American who has no problem with anyone criticizing the government no matter who is in charge of it, I have to admit I don't care for this story idea. It sends the message that it's impossible to be from here and have the larger interests of the world at heart. It also suggests that, if America is unpopular in the world, disassociating himself from the country that raised him is simply easier than serving as a counter example that we are not some form of homogenous hive-mind.
Bryanferryfan - 4/28/2011, 5:59 AM
Yeah, Fox News will shit bricks....It's provacative but none the less a story about a fictional character. Somehow....I PREDICT A PREACHER IN FLORIDA BURNING MASS COPIES OF ACTION COMICS #900. HA!
mpk1988 - 4/28/2011, 6:07 AM
[frick] u DC... sensationalism and politicizing supes ... he was and will always remain American..
RorMachine - 4/28/2011, 6:11 AM
He was and always will remain Kryptonian, but whatever blows your hair back!
Chrome - 4/28/2011, 6:16 AM
They have to do this... because in 2013 they might lose the rights to Superman (LEGALLY) which is why WB/DC is rushing a JLA and Superman movies.. lets not kid ourselves.. this isn't for the fans.. This is something so that in case they lose the rights to him.. they can turn him evil and kill him off for being unamerican.. this isn't BOLD.. this is called COVERING your ass in case 2013 doesn't work out.

the court ruling says that if DC/WB don't do anything with Superman in regards to movie production by 2013 then they will lose the rights to the character to which the rights will go to heirs of Shuster and Siegal. This is why 2013 is such an important date. FACT
longbowhunter - 4/28/2011, 6:17 AM
Action Comics #900 was really good. Supes reason for renoucing his citizenship made total sense within the confines of that backup story. This should lead the character into some interesting new territory.
daveB - 4/28/2011, 6:18 AM
First, the "American way" is freedom...don't see a problem supes with you supporting "the American way" for the rest of the world.

Secondly, Fox bashers, I find it odd anyone would bash a news organization that just presents news with a less liberal slant. It certainly is not conservative-just less liberal.

What I am not surprised to read is many if the same people who think a news organization that is not an ultra-liberal one "sucks" are the same who are ok with Supes not being for Freedom of people.

Thats my two cents.
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