Superman, No Longer an American – Renounces Citizenship

Posted by at 11:16 am on April 28, 2011

Superman today renounced his U.S. citizenship, saying he is “tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S.¬†policy.”

“‘Truth, justice, and the American way’ — it’s just not enough anymore,” the Man of Steel¬†says.

All of this takes place in short story “The Incident,” in Action Comics #900 written by David S. Goyer with art by Miguel Sepulveda.

In “The Incident”, Superman consults with the President’s national security advisor, who is beyond upset that Superman appeared in Tehran to non-violently support the protesters demonstrating against the Iranian regime. Well, since Superman is viewed as an American icon in the DC Universe , the Iranian government takes the man of steel actions as the will of the US President and 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.

Wonder if this story will have a long term effect on the course of the man of the steel in the DC timeline, or just an one time deal that never does beyond the short story.

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