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SUPERMAN to Visit Towns Across America

Superman is going for a yearlong walk, and he may just wind up in your town.

As part of DC’s previously solicited “Grounded” storyline that begins in July’s Superman #701, (which has a prelude in today’s anniversary 700th issue) the Man of Steel will walk across the USA to reconnect with the everyday people he is committed to protecting. 

Image from Superman #700

The storyline, which kicks off writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Eddy Barrows run on the title, will be “grounded” in reality, according to Wednesday’s edition of USA Today. The national newspaper reports that DC will ask readers to write in and campaign for their towns and residents to be depicted in the 13-issue storyline.

Straczynski and DC's editorial team will select the featured locations.

"Because Superman is a symbol of hope, I wanted folks to have a chance to bring Superman into their town, into their neighborhood, in the pages of the book," Straczynski told USA Today.

"You have to remember that when Superman was initially created, his fights weren't against vast interstellar forces. They were against criminals preying on the average guy. Superman was created to be the ally of the average American, the guy who didn't have lots of money or friends in high places."

Image from Superman #700

Image from Superman #700

Superman will reportedly witness the “best and the worst of everyday life”, from poverty and drug-plagued neighborhoods to stories of hope and happiness. It’s likely no coincidence Straczynski‘s extended storyline comes after Superman spent the better part of the last two years on New Krypton, living among his fellow Kryptonian who shared his superhuman abilities. 

"We will be asking hard questions, and Superman will learn the extent to which even he may not be able to change things," Straczynski said. "But at the same time, we will explore the language of hope and feature the stubborn noble strength of the average man and woman trying to survive in a difficult and changing world. We will see Superman through the country's eyes, and the country through Superman's eyes."

Look for more details on “Grounded” Wednesday here on Newsarama…

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