The Greatest American Hero had ‘America’ right in the middle of his name. Captain America chose it as his surname. The title of quintessential patriarch of patriotism, however, falls squarely on the shoulders of Clark Kent’s alter ego.
For over 60 years, the Man of Steel has been the personification of Americana within his fictitious fast-paced city of Metropolis. He was truly a beacon of truth, justice, and the American way. He has been as American as apple pie, McDonalds, and Hulk Hogan…but even Hulk Hogan shed his glorious good guy image to fall into the jurisdiction of indecency and malice.
Now we find out that Superman is renouncing his United States citizenship (albeit an adoptive birthright) in the upcoming issue of Action Comics #900, written by David S. Goyer with art by Miguel Sepulveda.
Superman realizes, during a peacekeeping mission in Iran, that the people of that nation view his actions as an American interference in their domestic affairs. They refuse his efforts, and Superman begins to see his nationalism as an imposition rather than an allegiance to a shining city on a hill.
DC Comics is good at making a statement with their writing, and this isn’t the first time they’ve used controversy to create concern. Keep in mind, Superman died a couple of decades ago, only to return. Bruce Wayne died recently, and Batman comic books are still hitting the shelf every month. Actually, about the only comic book not to lose a character to the darkness of the grave is Archie.
Superman’s departure from his roots couldn’t come at a worse time in our nation’s history. Not since the Civil War has our nation been so divided, angry, and torn. This is not the time for Superman to become a globalist. This is probably what the teens from Liverpool felt when they had to let go of the Beatles.
I have a bad feeling that this is going to be a failed attempt at attention for DC Comics. I am hoping it’s only a temporary lapse in judgement for the man from Krypton. I mean, we all make mistakes. Maybe it’s not a mistake, though.
I have a feeling that this can all be traced back to our national nightmare of electing Lex Luthor as president, or perhaps our nation just isn’t the land of opportunity it once was. Perhaps we’re just not worth saving.