Okay, the obvious answer is “no” because comics mustn’t be anything.
But the fact remains that most comics created for the american market are set in the United States, with periodic trips to exotified and caricatured locales, with little more purpose than novel background options. Protagonists and supporting characters are all american. The countries, and the people within them, little more than props. Big Ben looms above one from every possible vantage in London, if comics are to be believed, and the Taj Mahal is either impossibly ubiquitous and self replicating, unmoored from the earth & migratory, or has some special & personal gravity that draws any and all comers to it with an inevitable trajectory.
That’s all well and good, but what I’m wondering is; why? Is this because american readers - american culture a notoriously solipsistic one, understandable given our cultural isolation and sprawl - less inclined to read a story set in Russia or France or China, less likely to feel immersed without those recognizable cues? Or this more down to the research that it requires of the writer and the artist?
Genuinely curious of your opinions here, for admittedly practical reasons.