Superman Renounces US Citizenship

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Prob­a­bly the best known alien in the United States, Super­man will hold a press con­fer­ence at the United Nations and denounce his US cit­i­zen­ship. After 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: he will announce that he is going to give up his U.S. cit­i­zen­ship in Action Comiocs # 900.

This strange new course is set for the Man if Steel in the short story “The Inci­dent,” writ­ten by David S. Goyer with art by Miguel Sepul­veda. It seems that Super­man appeares in Tehran to non-violently sup­port the pro­test­ers demon­strat­ing against the Iran­ian regime. 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 Renounces US Citizenship

Super­man Renounces US Citizenship

Supe­man no longer wants to appear as a force for just one coun­try, the United States but rather wants to be seen as a cit­i­zen of the World. Thus, he decides to renounce his US cit­i­zen­ship, stat­ing “truth, jus­tice and the Amer­i­can way– it’s not enough anymore.”

How do you feel about Super­man tak­ing on the world as his home?

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