Action Comics' #900: Superman Renounces His American Citizenship

#Politics

Mon, May 2nd, 2011 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Laura Hudson of Comics Alliance, Action Comics' #900 will feature a Superman who, tired of having his actions construed as an instrument of U.S. Policy, decides 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.

Some political bloggers are none too impressed.

In a blogpost at The Weekly Standard, senior writer Jonathan Last questioned Superman's beliefs, now that he seems to have rejected the United States. "Does he believe in British interventionism or Swiss neutrality?" Last wrote. "You see where I'm going with this: If Superman doesn't believe in America, then he doesn't believe in anything."

Posters on comic book discussion forums drew parallels between the superhero's doubts about his citizenship and the conspiracy theories about Barack Obama's nationality.

Several posters branded conservative critics of the storyline "Earthers" -- a reference to the Birthers -- the nickname for the rightwingers who have questioned Obama's citizenship.

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