April 29th, 2011
10:45 AM ET
He may stand for truth and justice, but Superman is giving up on the American way. In issue #900 of Action Comics, the Man of Steel renounces his United States citizenship.
According to ComicsAlliance, the comic book sees the superhero flying to Tehran to support protesters who are demonstrating against the Iranian regime. But the security advisor to the U.S. president becomes upset with him because the Iranian government mistakenly believes Superman was sent there by America and considers his actions an act of war.
After realizing that he behaved foolishly, Superman decides that he will renounce his American citizenship at the United Nations the next day but continue to fight crime from a global perspective.
Superman—an alien who came to Earth from the planet Krypton—explains that he "can't help but see the bigger picture" and that the world is "too connected" for him to identify himself as being solely American.
"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 Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio told CNN in a statement.
"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," the co-publishers said.
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