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Superman Renouncing His U.S. Citizenship


Apparently, with this week’s release of Action Comics #900, “a blockbuster issue filled to the brim with guest talent from all corners of the world of Superman adaptations,” Superman will renounce his U.S. citizenship.

In the issue, Superman gets in some hot water with the president’s National Security Advisor for showing up in Tehran in support of Iranian protesters. Just showing up, non-violently. Since Superman is an American hero, Iran’s Government construes his actions as being with the tacit permission of the US Government. This desire to remain autonomous from whatever administration exists in Washington is what motivates the Man of Steel’s decision (panels above). Controversial comics stuff, treating superheroes like they exist in greater world full of regular human beings and their governments! … if you’re Superman in 2011 and not, to pick one example, The Authority in 1999.

Our sister site The Mary Sue has a nice analysis.

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