For nearly 80 years, comic book fans young and old would never have imagined that Superman – a superhero representing American ideals every bit as much as Marvel’s Captain America – would turn his back on the country he’s defended from threats both domestic and beyond the stars. But in a move that sent shockwaves throughout pop culture, Supes did just that in the landmark 900th issue of Action Comics – a 96-page epic setting the stage for a new chapter in the Man of Steel’s storied legacy. What exactly caused Superman to renounce his United States citizenship, and what of everyone’s reactions?
Action Comics #900 was broken up into separate tales with the story “Incident” (written by David S. Goyer and illustrated by Miguel Sepulveda) involving Superman’s devastating decision. Not wanting to give too much away for those that wish to read it, Superman’s visit to Iran during a protest is interpreted as an act of aggression on part of the United States. One event leads to another until Superman ultimately declares he is not and should never be seen as an extension of the U.S. military’s global policy; he is a world defender and feels that it is in his best interest to renounce his U.S. citizenship.
While fans of Superman and comics in general believe that his decision – while shocking – is logical, GOP activists are accusing DC Comics of insidiously trashing America and its values, even when it is clearly palpable that this isn’t the case. Geez, it’s not like he said he supported communism and… whoa boy…
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