ACTION COMICS #900 is a momentous occasion for many reasons — both numerically and thematically. The issue includes stories by an all-star lineup of folks including Paul Cornell, Damon Lindelof, Richard Donner, David S. Goyer, and Geoff Johns,
It also includes a mild little tale by Goyer wherein Superman decides to help out some Iranian protesters and gets chided by the US government for getting involved in “policy.” Prompting Superman to proclaim that he’s not a US citizen but a citizen of…the universe!
Or, as Fox News succinctly puts it:
Superman is no longer an American.
Given that Superman has long stood for “truth, justice and the American way,” you can see where this is heading.
The story has already gotten some conservative website attention as reflecting America’s wobbling status in the world. At The American Spectator, Aaron Goldstein notes that co-creator Joe Shuster was actually a Canadian. Big Hollywood’s headline reads Left’s Crusade to Destroy Our Heroes Marches On: Superman Renounces God, American Citizenship
The last time Fox tussled with comics was when background signs in an issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA got Ed Brubaker in trouble for dissing the Tea Party. Backlash from that incident involved death threats for Brubaker and a decree from on high for comics professionals to stop tweeting about politics so much.
Predictably, the comments thread at Comics Alliance has gone meltdown over this. It’s still early in the day, however. We’ll see who needs to buy a Kevlar vest soon enough.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.