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Action Comics #900 Is A Fox News Story Waiting To Happen As Superman Rejects God And America”

Good little article there at bleeding cool. Sorry for the spoiler, but as Rich notes, I’m sure this will be all over the place very soon, even if it’s taken back next issue – which it might not be. I’m seeing something in this and how DC’s line as a whole is headed.

We’ve got Batman International (Inc – mirroring the globalization of commerce) going, and Justice League is trending towards a new JLI (mirroring our ever increasingly tightly knit global community), and this pretty much cinches it.

There are already teams of intergalactic guardians (Green Lantern), foreign ambassadors (Wonder Woman) and entities that are representative of the whole earth by their very nature (Swamp Thing.) There’s no reason DC shouldn’t have more stories based outside the USA.

If DC can pull it off, it’s actually ridiculously smart. Ideally, they’re setting their brand up for the global market in story. More comics in other countries (Knight + Squire, a new DCU Hellblazer related title) and maybe even more comics by international creators. Perhaps more comics that are non-english first.

Superheroes became popular during an era of extreme nationalism. We think of WWII’s fascist baddies that way, but at the time the war solution included putting ourselves in a similar fervor. That kind of “Us or Them” mentality just doesn’t solve problems anymore. And perhaps it never did. Even the mighty USA doesn’t invade somewhere without an ally or two.

In any case, interested to see where this one goes. What are your thoughts?

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  1. avatar SuperGirl wrote on at April 28, 2011 9:13 am:



  2. avatar -B. wrote on at April 28, 2011 9:46 am:

    Hmm. I just picked up my copy of AC #900 last night, and haven’t read it yet. I managed to stay spoiler free until reading this. :) But actually, I just hadn’t gone on my other favorite comic sites yet, so…

    I don’t speak another language, but I’m sure that some comics that are translated to, say, French or Spanish lose something in the translation. So, yes, I agree that publishing more/some comics in a different language first would be a step in the right direction. I like the whole Bruce Wayne/Batman Inc. thing, so that is great. I like the characters in Knight & Squire too. And actually, if you read some of the older Batman stories that Grant Morrison used for RIP, there was another time when Bruce used a so-called Batman Inc. (I have the info at home.)

    All in all, I never was a fan of Superman being all for the American Way. I’ve spent too much time living outside the U.S. to go with that sentiment full tilt. I like the more global approach. We’ll see how I feel when I sit down to read the 90+ page issue!



    avatar Ian replied on April 28th, 2011 at 10:50 am:

    yeah, the American Way is kind of pandering to the home team, if you get my drift. It’s not a terrible sentiment and it stands for good things, but it marginalizes his appeal.


    avatar Ian replied on April 28th, 2011 at 10:51 am:

    IE, yes, as a business DC probably DOES want socialists reading their comics. I mean, why not?


  3. avatar Eric wrote on at April 28, 2011 10:42 am:

    Should be interesting to see how this plays out. The one thing I fear is that we will have American authors trying to write about other cultures and places they know nothing about.


    avatar Ian replied on April 28th, 2011 at 10:49 am:

    well, they usually call that “fiction” and it’s helped along by a thing called “research”


    but I know what you mean. I like to think, though, that a hack is a hack and a good writer can handle learning and writing about something new. IE, historical fiction for example.


  4. avatar Eric wrote on at April 28, 2011 11:05 am:

    Haha Understandable, but sometimes I feel like “research” in some peoples minds equals wikipedia search. I am all about fiction, I fear more vast generalizations, stereotyping, accidental racism. Wow that sounds super PC.

    But you are right, a hack is a hack and a good writer can hopefully handle it.


  5. avatar TomCon wrote on at April 28, 2011 6:00 pm:

    I’m not sure who’s writing this story, but I applaud them. The world has changed, and Superman needs to change with it.

    That said, anyone know if Paul Cornell is remaining on Action? I missed the whole Black Ring story so when would be a good jumping-back in point to Superman? AFter Reign of Doomsday ends?


    avatar Ian replied on April 28th, 2011 at 6:01 pm:

    possibly this or the next issue. I think this one ties up the Black Ring arc, though honestly I try to learn relatively few details until the books come out in trade.


  6. avatar Chris D. wrote on at April 28, 2011 10:13 pm:

    Thanks for posting this Ian. I’m really interested to see how the media spins it. I do agree that the whole “..and the American Way” thing seems very dated. I found it to be even more superficial and silly after reading Red Son and from that angle it was just plain silly how Supes did everything for the motherland even if it meant oppressing others.


  7. avatar duncanpr wrote on at April 29, 2011 7:32 am:

    Globalization of comics? I like it. Then again, I enjoy broadening people’s horizons.

    Blue Beetle did a Spanish language story, but I don’t know how well-received that was. I think it’s awesome; the comic book industry needs all the fans it can get.


    avatar Ian replied on April 29th, 2011 at 12:28 pm:

    re Duncanpr: As the user base to this website attests to, there are a LOT of international comics fans already.


  8. avatar TomCon wrote on at April 29, 2011 9:57 pm:

    That BleedingCool headline up there is eerily prophetic: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/04/29/hijacked-superman-turned-loving-anti-american/.


    avatar Ian replied on April 29th, 2011 at 10:14 pm:

    honestly, I think he kind of encouraged it. If he broke the “news” (possible) and phrased it that way, he was pretty much challenging them.


  9. avatar nude0007 wrote on at January 19, 2012 3:24 pm:

    Sorry I’m so late to the game, but I just found this site.

    I think Superman was supposed to be very world oriented all along, but over the last 20 years or so, you didn’t see references of him doing even short missions around the world. It would be good to see him get back to that. I would think he needs very little sleep, so he could be doing things by day on the other side of the planet fairly often.

    I seem to remember a villain that had one green and one blue eye, though the memory eludes me at the moment.


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  1. Matches Malone
    wrote on at April 28, 2011 11:16 am:

    There are tons of great writers out there, producing a bunch of great comics, and they aren't all from the U.S.


    Interestingly, when I told a friend about AC #900 (he doesn't read comics at all, but I share an office with him so I usually mention big comic news to him), and what occurs in the panels that are posted here, his first reaction was “Oh, so DC is going PC, huh?”


    And I don't see it as a political correctness thing at all.  We ARE more connected.  The world IS “smaller.”  We have a more global perspective on things.  Or, at least we should.


    I applaud the panels above.


  2. Simon
    wrote on at April 28, 2011 11:28 am:

    It is a good thing but I will say that I have read every Knight and Squire so far and the series is obviously meant to be a bit tongue in cheek towards the UK (nothing more as writer is a Brit). But on the whole the series seriously suffers from an over-stereotyping that has made it almost unreadable at points.

    I really hope it doesn't lead to more Knight and squire type books, because despite being written by a Brit it is obviously written for you guys and it suffers because of that. I think it also has to do with their choice of writer, I just seem to have a natural dislike of his writing.


  3. Eric
    wrote on at April 28, 2011 11:47 am:

    I don't think this is a bad thing, by any means. Just feel like I should put that out there.


    I know there are lots of great non American writers, usually it seems like most of the best are not! (read the intro to scalped vol 1 and 2 I think and it shows the surprise that there are American writers who can match up. However in my mind I still want to claim Gaiman as our own living in Minneapolis woo woo!) But DC at the core will still be targeting American readers at their core. Meaning it may play off those stereotypes out of expectations. 


    And I agree I don't think DC is trying to be PC, they are probably just running out of ideas based solely in the US and they want to expand their readership. Its a smart move. 


  4. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at April 28, 2011 12:07 pm:

    Right, I'm trying to look at this mainly from a business perspective (which is their bottom line, when you get down to it.)

    There are a lot of potential fans out there in the world and any business that expands outward (even while maintaining the same low or high quality, like mcdonalds) is going to make more money simply by the numbers.

    Entertainment is one of our main, if not the biggest, economic exports and I'm sure they're seeing that with their movie revenues.


  5. Eric
    wrote on at April 28, 2011 12:12 pm:

    This made me think of the series, Great 10. Did anyone here read that besides me. I wonder how a Chinese reader would react to that. 


  6. Simon
    wrote on at April 28, 2011 12:55 pm:

    I wasn't even aware they did a Great 10 series, only knew of them through 52 and Checkmate. I take it that it's not that great?


  7. Eric
    wrote on at April 28, 2011 1:27 pm:

    I actually really liked it! It was written by Tony Bedard who I've really started to like. It just sold poorly so it was supposed to be 10 issues and it only went 9, and they were mostly character pieces. I thought it was a step in the right direction! I would say check it out if you can. 


  8. Simon
    wrote on at April 28, 2011 1:46 pm:

    Will do, shame no tpb for it


  9. Simon
    wrote on at April 29, 2011 11:41 am:



  10. Eric
    wrote on at April 29, 2011 12:42 pm:

    I am kind of curious, where are all the international people from on this site. I know we have some UK folk, but is there anyone here from a non English speaking country. Just curious.


    I know when I studied in Cork it wasn't super easy to find comics, and it is the second biggest city in Ireland. 


  11. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at April 29, 2011 12:44 pm:

    there are a few. I think Ukraine, some people were in from a persian forum, I see that the stats have a few from almost anywhere. Not so much commenting from all the non-english speakers, but that's understandable.


  12. Simon
    wrote on at April 29, 2011 1:15 pm:

    Got Jonah from Germany too and a guy from France who's name I forget.


  13. Eric
    wrote on at April 30, 2011 1:30 am:

    That article makes me laugh. 

    1) It used wikipedia as a source. Sounds so respectful.

    2) Wonder Woman is so American………..right?



  14. Simon
    wrote on at April 30, 2011 5:20 am:

    Not to mention the whole Batman being a “criminal” for many years and now taking over the world 1984 style (a much more British thing to do than US).

    This is what we come to expect from Fox News though; although I still managed to be shocked by the whole “the occasional big word (for comic book readers)” part, if they had ever read any amount of comics they'd know this to be a pile of crap.


  15. Eric
    wrote on at April 30, 2011 11:34 am:

    fox news. sigh.


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