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Superman rejects U.S. citizenship

Truth, justice and the global way?

Superman has started a stir with a declaration in the new issue of "Action Comics" that he intends to renounce his U.S. citizenship because he's tired of his actions being construed as instruments of U.S. policy.

The Man of Steel, who came to Earth as a child from Krypton and was adopted by the Kents in Smallville, Kan., comes to the conclusion that he's better off serving the world at large after he's accused of causing an international incident by flying to Tehran amid a large protest.

Noting the huge police presence and warnings from the army there about harsh repercussions, he wanted the demonstrators to know "that they weren't alone."

The nine-page story was written by David S. Goyer and was drawn by Miguel Sepulveda. In it, Superman stands silently for 24 hours, bearing the brunt of gasoline bombs, taunts and threats but also receiving cheers and roses from supporters, as the more than 1 million-strong crowd protests but isn't fired on before the demonstration ends peacefully.

"I stayed in Azadi Square for 24 hours. I didn't move. I didn't speak. I just stayed there," Superman tells a U.S. national security adviser, who feared the all-powerful hero has gone rogue. But Iran's government refers to the visit as an act of war and accuses him of acting on behalf of the U.S. president.

And that, Superman explains, is why he is going to give up his citizenship. " 'Truth, justice and the American way' -- it's not enough anymore," he says. "The world's too small, too connected."

News of Superman's decision has drawn critical comments in blogs and online forums, but DC Comics says it is not about criticizing the U.S.

The Man of Steel remains as American as apple pie, baseball and small-town life, co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio said Thursday.

"Superman is a visitor from a distant planet who has long embraced American values," they said. "As a character and an icon, he embodies the best of the American Way."

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