Superman is No Longer an American

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Last week’s Superman 900th issue of Action Comics dropped a bomb of epic proportions: Superman doesn’t want to be an American anymore.

In the comic book, the announcement is prompted after officials give him grief for joining a pro peace protest in Iran. That leads him to question the appearance of his allegiance to the United States and decide to renounce his citizenship by saying the following:

“Truth, Justice and the American Way’ — it’s not enough anymore. The world’s too small. Too connected.”

Needless to say, the internet is all over this with some conservative voices lamenting the destruction of an American Icon, while others see this as a way to allow the character to explore more global storylines.

Personal Take: I always felt Superman was a bit of a hypocrite. Always protecting Metropolis and some other American city. A more global take on the man of steel would be a welcome change. If you want to read a comic book where a superman-like individual takes a more global view of the world, I recommend you read Supreme Power by J. Michael Straczynski.

What do you think of this whole Superman going nationless? Good? Bad? Who cares? Sound off in the comments below

(Source: THR)

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  • Michelle StJames

    Wow. I was never the biggest Superman fan, but this is both interesting and very brave, I think. The world really is too connected for Superman to just be American and I would love to see a more global view.

    Also, the idea that Superman goes to a pro-peace protest in Iran is awesome. That he takes crap for it is all too real.

  • Sandie

    I think this is great, it opens so many new doors for the character and new storylines. And I second the Supreme Power recommendation, especially if you want a new take on Superman and superheroes.

    I really need to get that issue.