Action Comics #900 is in the news right now for spotlighting an issue that has largely gone unexplored at this point: What if Superman doesn’t want to represent the “American Way”?
“I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy,” Superman says in the issue after someone on the President’s staff chides him for attending a protest in Iran.
Pundits on both sides have shared their opinions:
In a Fox News article on Superman’s proclamation, “GOP activist” Angie Meyer is quoted saying, “Besides being riddled with a blatant lack of patriotism, and respect for our country, Superman’s current creators are belittling the United States as a whole. By denouncing his citizenship, Superman becomes an eerie metaphor for the current economic and power status the country holds worldwide.”
In contrast, the same piece quotes Wired‘s Scott Thill, saying, “Superman has always been bigger than the United States. 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.”
What do you think?