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    Apr 27th 2011 By: Laura Hudson


    Superman Renounces [SPOILER] in 'Action Comics' #900
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    After recently undertaking a journey to walk -- not fly -- across the United States in the "Grounded" storyline and reconnect with the country and everyday Americans, Superman appears to be taking another step that could have major implications for his national identity: in Action Comics #900...

    ...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.

    The key scene takes place in "The Incident," a short story in Action Comics #900 written by David S. Goyer with art by Miguel Sepulveda. In it, Superman consults with the President's national security advisor, who is incensed that Superman appeared in Tehran to non-violently support the protesters demonstrating against the Iranian regime, no doubt an analogue for the recent real-life protests in the Middle East. However, since Superman is viewed as an American icon in the DC Universe as well as our own, the Iranian government has construed his actions as the will of the American President, and indeed, an act of war.

    Superman replies that it was foolish to think that his actions would not reflect politically on the American government, and that he therefore plans to renounce his American citizenship at the United Nations the next day -- and to continue working as a superhero from a more global than national perspective. From a "realistic" standpoint it makes sense; it would indeed be impossible for a nigh-omnipotent being ideologically aligned with America to intercede against injustice beyond American borders without creating enormous political fallout for the U.S. government.

    While this wouldn't be this first time a profoundly American comic book icon disassociated himself from his national identity -- remember when Captain America became Nomad? -- this could be a very significant turning point for Superman if its implications carry over into other storylines. Indeed, simply saying that "truth, justice and the American way [is] not enough anymore" is a pretty startling statement from the one man who has always represented those values the most.

    It doesn't seem that he's abandoning those values, however, only trying to implement them on a larger scale and divorce himself from the political complexities of nationalism. Superman also says that he believes he has been thinking "too small," that the world is "too connected" for him to limit himself with a purely national identity. As an alien born on another planet, after all, he "can't help but see the bigger picture."

    Do you think the shift to a more global role makes sense for Superman? If he really is going to renounce his U.S. citizenship in order to function as a more international figure, how do you think it will affect the character?

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    It will make him even more worthless than ever before.
    Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
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    I once read an alternate-fiction history story where Superman landed in Germany instead of the United States. The entire story took place with him in prison after WW II and ended with a Jewish man bringing him the necessary poison for him to commit suicide.
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    Oh for crying out loud.
    "Our president delivered his State of the Union message to Congress. That is one of the things his contract calls for -- to tell congress the condition of the country. This message, as I say, is to Congress. The rest of the people know the condition of the country, for they live in it, but Congress has no idea what is going on in America, so the president has to tell 'em." ~ Will Rogers
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    OK...I think these comic book writers are taking themselves a biiiiiit too seriously.
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    Superman didn't leave the United States, the United States left Superman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arroyo_Doble View Post
    I once read an alternate-fiction history story where Superman landed in Germany instead of the United States. The entire story took place with him in prison after WW II and ended with a Jewish man bringing him the necessary poison for him to commit suicide.
    this sounds like it owns

    I bet german Superman loved Nietzsche
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wei Wu Wei View Post
    Superman didn't leave the United States, the United States left Superman.
    OK, that made me laugh. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arroyo_Doble View Post
    I once read an alternate-fiction history story where Superman landed in Germany instead of the United States. The entire story took place with him in prison after WW II and ended with a Jewish man bringing him the necessary poison for him to commit suicide.
    There've been a number of those Elseworlds stories. The Red Son arc was about him landing in Russia prior to WWII and becoming Stalin's heir, who ends up trying to take over the world for its own good. Luthor defeats him with a single sentence.
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    this sounds like it owns

    I bet german Superman loved Nietzsche
    The Nazi propagandists used to argue that Superman was a Jew, based on his having been created by Siegel and Schuster, both Jewish, and his origin being a retelling of the story of Moses in the bullrushes. Of course, circumcision would be a problem if it wasn't done under a red sun...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wei Wu Wei View Post
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