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DC's Icon & Rocket Shows Why Superman Can't Fix The Entire World

Spoilers ahead for Icon and Rocket Season One #3!

A common criticism leveled at Superman is why he does not simply use his fantastic powers to solve all the world’s problems. While fans and ethicists continue this debate, DC has explained why he cannot. In Icon and Rocket Season One #3, on sale now in print and digital, Icon, Milestone’s Superman pastiche, begins stamping out the global drug trade—a move that has serious and unintended consequences.

Icon is an alien who crash-landed on a plantation in Georgia in the 1840s. After his ship was found by a slave couple, it reconfigured his DNA to make him human in appearance. Icon would then live as a human, occasionally interfering in human affairs - such as ending the Civil War - but mostly staying out of history’s way. All of that changes, however, when three young people break into his house, forcing him to use his powers and reveal his secret. Later, one of the young people, Raquel Ervin, returns to Icon’s house and challenges him to use his incredible powers to help people. Icon accepts and takes Raquel on as his sidekick, Rocket. Icon has an impact almost immediately, cleaning up the streets and making Dakota City safe again. But when he takes the fight to the global drug trade, readers can see why it is best Superman-level heroes like Icon do not try to solve the world’s problems. The issue is written by Reginald Hudlin and Leon Chills with art by Dough Braithwaite and Andrew Currie, with colors by Brad Anderson.

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The issue opens with Icon and Rocket destroying a poppy field in Afghanistan, cutting off a major supply of heroin. Readers also learn the duo has destroyed facilities all over Latin America as well as in Japan. Icon and Rocket’s actions are sending ripples across the world—and many of the global elite are not happy. The global economy, being intertwined with the drug trade, has come to a screeching halt because of Icon and Rocket, and the elites want the two of them out of the way.

Since Superman’s introduction in 1938, fans have wondered why, with all of the powers at his disposal, he does not single-handedly dispose of dictators or destroy drug production facilities. Icon’s dilemma in this issue shows why Superman does not fix the world: the unintended consequences. Rocket and Icon want nothing more than to stop the flow of illegal narcotics, but when they do so they learn the blowback is immense. The drug trade is, unfortunately, part of the global economy, and when it was disrupted, it affected other sectors as well. Icon and Rocket did not intend for this to happen, showing why superheroes should not try to solve some human problems.

Superman is one of the most powerful heroes in the DC Universe, and if he wished, could easily fix most of the world’s problems. However, there are compelling reasons for him not to, and Icon and Rocket Season One #3 shows why.

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