Who would have thought there would come a day when Superman would renounce his U.S.citizenship? Well, the answer is simple—us conservative comic nerds have known something like this was within the realm of possibility for quite awhile. The last Superman movie did away with “Truth, Justice, and The American way,” and Wonder Woman is on the verge of dropping the Lasso of Truth for the Lasso of Unbinding International Agreements. Marvel is run by a buffoon like Joe Quesada, and Captain America fears the Tea Party. You don’t have to be Mr. Fantastic to realize it’s only a matter a time before your favorite character is manhandled by a liberal moral relativist.
But the headlines are misleading. It isn’t “Superman” or “Wonder Woman” or “CaptainAmerica” we should be concerned about—it’s the liberal writers with zero respect for a character’s history. A good writer can shake things up on a title without ever damaging the integrity of the character. A bad writer mistakes messing with a hero’s core with avant-garde creativity.
Like my review of Superman: Earth One, an extensive post of the issue must wait until I’ve actually read it in its entirety (something most bloggers will probably not do…) However, the Superman citizenship hubbub is the perfect opportunity to once again shed light on the industry’s artists and writers destroying icons with impunity. Most business models punish abject failure, but radioactive liberalism has warped the minds of the men at the top. Instead of learning from their past mistakes, the comic industry lauds men who turn our heroes into postmodern, spandex-clad, empty vessel beta-males.
Who knows more about Superman: You, the reader who still holds to “antiquated” ideas about honor, integrity, freedom, and liberty—or the narcissistic liberal artist who doesn’t know the difference between a deconstruction and vaporization?
With that said, conservatives share some of the blame. For the most part, conservative comic fans simply protest with their wallet. (Again, this would be understandable and sufficient if regular market forces weren’t impeded by an invisible field of arrogance.) Instead of taking to Twitter and Facebook and any number of other social media platforms, fans have abdicated their responsibility to do what they do best—make noise.
Worse yet, those who have a larger megaphone sometimes misuse it. Remember when Allahpundit took a big dump on Green Lantern and Thor based solely on their absence from the A-list? It’s tough to change an industry when the “grass roots” sit silent and the “grass tops” are taking pot shots from the right (note: his Superman post is fairly good, though).
Do you want to know why most comics that suck, suck? It’s because you can’t fake it. And when you have a liberal moral relativist at the helm of a title that’s about good vs. evil, you get “the suck.” If you don’t believe it, you can’t be passionate about it. You can’t inspire if you’re not inspired. And the notion that most modern-day liberals weave memorable tales of moral clarity is a joke worthy of the Clown Prince of Crime.
Don’t agree with me? Then you’re probably the type of person who thinks Superman should go on a hunger strike to protest the gulags in North Korea. Why not? He’s already joining in non-violent protests in Iran…
Goyer’s installment, with tense art from Miguel Sepulveda, steals the spotlight in Action Comics No. 900. When Superman drops in on an Iranian protest to stand with demonstrators in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience, the U.S. government takes him to task for acting as an instrument of national policy. Superman responds by renouncing his American citizenship and proclaiming himself a citizen of the universe…
The reason why America doesn’t intercede on behalf of oppressed nations all over the world is partly because, with limited resources (i.e., blood and treasure), it would be impossible to do so. A non-violent protest by Motherfreakin’ Superman—with people who are only going to get thrown in a deep dark cell for decades (or worse) when he leaves—is an embarrassment to the character. It’s self-imposed impotence, and it makes Superman look like a big dupe.
You get it. I get it. But Marvel and DC Comics obviously don’t.
Call me when you’re ready for a conservative writer, guys. There are a lot of readers you’ve alienated or neglected over the years, and I’d like to help you get them back.
Until then, I’m happy calling you to the carpet.