Superman renouncing US citizenship

28 April 2011 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in art | 2 Comments »

Well, finally.

If wee Kal-El came to Earth today the way he did back in the late 1930s, he would be arrested on arrival as an illegal immigrant and disappear into an ICE detention camp for decades… assuming that the SuperToddler wasn’t just blown out of the sky by the US Air Force.

From ComicsAlliance:

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.

  1. 2 Responses to “Superman renouncing US citizenship”

  2. By b-psycho on 28 April 2011

    Interesting, in that what Superman faces is the reverse of what the average citizen endures: actions of the government being construed as if they knowingly approved and endorse it.

  3. By Ronin on 30 April 2011

    Truth and Justice, indeed Superman represents, but the American way, he was forced to support during McCarthyism. And now, he can stand it no longer! Maybe he’s been following Mike Gulgoski’s blog?
    The comments which follow the article are fun.
    Go Superman!

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