Guess who's now fighting white supremacists? Superman
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The newly launched edition of the much-loved Superman comic book series portrays villains in an atypical light.
Unlike the usual planet-destroying extra-terrestrials or billionaire evil geniuses as the villains, the latest action comics series narrates the tale of the DC superhero protecting hardworking immigrants from white supremacist bullies.
The "Man of Steel" intrudes to stop an out-of-work factory worker when he is about to murder some migrants.
The mustachioed cartoon villain displays all characteristics of a cliched, poor blue-collar American--wearing a blue work shirt and red-white-and-blue bandana.
The armed villain menaces veiled women and rage against Hispanic workers, accusing them of stealing his job.
"You work cheap, don't speak English so you can't talk back or even ask for a penny more. You cost me my job! My livelihood! For that… you pay!" he says, as he opens fire.
Superman enters the scenario that instant to take the bullet on his chest, that bounces off to save the day.
"The only person responsible for the blackness smothering your soul is you," Superman tells the white supremacist.
The story is a reflection of how recent violent protests by American right-wing extremists is impacting lives of helpless immigrants.
In August, a 32-year-old woman died when she was run over by a Nazi sympathizer after a brutal "Unite the Right" assemblage in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Back in 2015, Dylann Roof, a white advocate of supremacy, assassinated nine black worshipers at a Charleston, South Carolina church.
American comic books are known to cover social issues, contemporary public conflicts, and debates in their recitals.
For instance, Marvel Comics launched a half-black, half-Hispanic version of Spider-Man in 2011.
In 2016, DC Comics published a seven issue mini-series called "Superman: American Alien."
In the plot, Kal-El (Superman's real name) strives to reconcile his extra-terrestrial origins along with his new life on Earth.
Superman is himself an immigrant who left his native planet Krypton when he was an infant and was adopted by an American couple from Kansas.
The developers of Superman, Jerry Siegel, and Joe Shuster, were Jews of European descent. Superman's story is analogous to the flight of European immigrants in the 1930s seeking peace and prosperity in the United States.