In what must be one of the most mediocre comic issues of all-time, the superhero whose slogan used to be “truth, justice, and the American way” has now renounced his American citizenship.
Goyer’s installment, with tense art from Miguel Sepulveda, steals the spotlight in Action Comics No. 900. When Superman drops in on an Iranian protest to stand with demonstrators in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience, the U.S. government takes him to task for acting as an instrument of national policy. Superman responds by renouncing his American citizenship and proclaiming himself a citizen of the universe…
In an age rife with immigration paranoia, it’s refreshing to see an alien refugee tell the United States that it’s as important to him as any other country on Earth — which in turn is as important to Superman as any other planet in the multiverse.
The genius of Superman is that he belongs to everyone, for the dual purposes of peace and protection. He’s above ephemeral geopolitics and nationalist concerns, a universal agent unlike any other found in pop culture.
First of all, Superman renouncing his American citizenship isn’t quite as stupid as Captain America doing it, but it has to be pretty close. What really tops it off, however, is a comic book about a superhero with essentially unlimited powers standing with citizens who’re being murdered in the streets in an act of “nonviolent civil disobedience.” Here’s an indestructible super human who can lift anything, melt tanks with his eyes, and blow military jets out of the sky, and he’s playing Gandhi. What must the Iranian protestors think?