Opinion: Superman renounces U.S. citizenship in latest issue of Action Comics


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Superman renouncing his U.S. citizenship is the newest wrinkle of the fascinating life of the man of steel.

In the latest issue of Action Comics, Superman becomes overly concerned that his heroism is being viewed as a tool for the United States exclusively.


‘I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my U.S. citizenship. I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy,’ the superhero says in issue No. 900.

‘ ‘Truth, justice and the American way’ -- it’s not enough anymore,’ the man from Krypton says, refocusing on a more global approach to crime-fighting.

‘Superman is a visitor from a distant planet who has long embraced American values. As a character and an icon, he embodies the best of the American way,’ DC’s co-publishers, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio, said in a statement to the N.Y. Post.

‘In a short story in ACTION COMICS 900, Superman announces his intention to put a global focus on his never-ending battle, but he remains, as always, committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville,’ they said.

The controversial story in question is titled ‘The Incident,’ written by David S. Goyer with art by Miguel Sepulveda. In the tale, Superman is reprimanded by a Secret Service staffer for appearing at a nonviolent protest in Tehran against the Iranian regime. It’s then that he realizes he doesn’t represent the U.S.A.; he is on Earth to protect everyone.



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Images: Superman is shown in the latest issue of Action Comics. (Associated Press / DC Comics)