Mild Mannered Reviews – Action Comics #988

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Action Comics #988

Scheduled to arrive in stores: September 27, 2017

Cover date: November 2017

“The Oz Effect” – Part Two

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Ryan Sook
Inker: Ryan Sook
Cover: Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques & Jason Wright
Variant Cover: Neil Edwards and Jeromy Cox

Reviewed by: Mario Bennese

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Action Comics #988

Without missing a beat from issue #987’s reveal, Superman insists that Oz is lying. Kelex runs a scan and finds Oz is truly Jor-El. Still skeptical, Kal digs for answers regarding his father’s survival of Krypton’s destruction. Jor-El uses the crystals in the Fortress to show his son what happened in the days before the death of their world. The story plays out as normal, but continues after Kal’s ship left the planet. Apparently, as Krypton was dying, a mysterious force rescued Jor-El and sent him to a war ravaged country on Earth. There, he was taken in and given shelter by a family struggling to survive during a murderous rebel gang’s reign of terror. When the gang cuts off food supplies for the innocent villagers, Jor-El is asked by the family to leave. Feeling he owes the family for their kindness, he sneaks into the gang’s camp and steals food for them. Unfortunately, one of the children in the family reveals the existence of the refugee hiding in his home to gain favor with the warlord. The family is attacked and the child is forced to murder his family. Enraged, Jor-El lets loose a stream of heat vision, mowing down the wicked men. He is once again taken by a mysterious force and shown the wickedness of man and the horrors of the past.

Superman argues that not all humans are wicked – that mankind has a great capacity for good. Jor-El insists that man doesn’t deserve to be saved and tells his son that he’ll be taking him away from Earth.

4Story – 4: Now we’re cooking with fire! Right off the bat, Superman says what everyone is thinking. I still don’t fully believe that Oz is Jor-El, but his story slightly swayed me. It’s pretty convincing as far as comic book explanations go. The mysterious force Jor-El speaks of could be anyone, especially since there are new players in the DCU capable of that sort of thing. It’s even more possible for something to have happened since the crystals only had information of the planet up to the moment that the ship left.

Then again, Superman has been tricked before. He’s been deceived by Mr. Mxyzptlk when the 5th dimensional imp pretended to be Clark Kent. Even the technology in the Fortress couldn’t tell that fake Clark was an imposter. Kelex runs a DNA, retina, and voice scan on Jor-El, but I’m sure there are ways to fake those things in this universe. I mean, Superman was recently fooled by Clayface when he took the form of Batman down to his heartbeat over in Dark Knights Metal #2. Something’s fishy here, but for now, let’s see where things go.

Regardless of whether I believe Oz is truly Jor-El, this issue is very good. Jurgens tells a story that both makes you want to believe Jor-El and also understand where he’s coming from when he says mankind is rotten to the core. Like a good issue of an ongoing title should, I’m left eagerly anticipating the next issue.

5Art – 5: Much like the writing, this is also a great improvement over last issue. Although I would have liked to have seen more Bogdanovic artwork to keep things visually consistent on this story, Sook’s art is always welcomed. There are some wonderful images present here and, although I adore Bogdanovic’s work, I feel like Sook is the artist that should finish up a story like this. His work seems to fit better with the content.

4Cover Art – 4: This cover is tragically beautiful. Seeing Kal’s parents destroyed with the tilting of the book is heartbreaking. Even the non-lenticular cover depicting Jor-El and Lara saying goodbye to their child is fantastic.

3Variant Cover Art – 3: The variant for this book is well-drawn and certainly looks cool with Jor-El strapped to a chair and surrounded by images of Superman, but I just happen to prefer the standard cover.

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17 Comments on "Mild Mannered Reviews – Action Comics #988"

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G.Clark
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I am really questioning the artist choice for this arc. For me, this is not as good as some of the others that we have had Zercher, Mahnke, just to name a couple. It is not bad mind you, nut it has been better, a lot better. Upon first read I was not a fan of this issue, but my mandatory second read, I liked it a lot more. Great Review, see you in two weeks.

Superman555
Member

I have a lot of problems with this story line,but the art is superb.

spidey2878
Guest

I so called Oz’s identity a few months ago in a previous post. I knew Oz was Jor-el. The holographic cover for the issue gave it away,

Superman555
Member

I believe most Superman fans did. I just didn’t want it to be true. Gee,didn’t they pull this a few years back with Thomas Wayne.

spidey2878
Guest

Not sure how I feel about Vader is Luke’s father approach for Jor-el and Superman.

Superman555
Member

I hate it. Is nothing sacred? Well,they brought back Bucky and Barry Allen. I guess it was only a matter of time.

lcmcbain
Member

Not much of fan thus far of Jor-El now becoming a villain. I think it weakens Superman’s mythos. And his reason is typical cliched (in a bad way) villain. Even if there is some truth to it.

Superman555
Member

Wait for it…..

fab-el
Member

Well, there’s something the issue didn’t deal with and that’s why is “Jor-El” calling himself Mr. Oz? Why does he have a tattoo with an “O” and a “Z”? Why is that symbol printed in many other places related to him?

I think the revelation that Mr. Oz is Jor-El is not the big twist here. The Superbig twist (pun intended) will be this Jor-El revealed to be Roz-Em, a forgotten villain from the Silver Age that modified his facial features to look like Jor-El and Nim-El (Jor-El’s twin brother)

Superman555
Member

Mmmmmm…..Maybe he’s a “Wizard of Oz” fan?

fab-el
Member

Look at Roz-Em and the guy that set him free from the Phantom Zone:

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/09/02/secret-identity-mr-oz-supergirls-past/

Superman555
Member

Good work Fab-El!

MattComics
Member

Yeah, Jor-Vader better be an anomaly or something.

spidey2878
Guest

“Kal-el, I am your father!”

“No, no. That’s not true. That’s impossible.”

“Surch your feelings, you know it to be true.”

“Noooo, Nooooo!”

It’s kind of funny when I think of it in Star Wars dialogue.

spidey2878
Guest

“Use the force Superman”

” I don’t use the force. My powers come from the sun.”

Yeah, adding lines from Star Wars for Superman can be funny. lol

Superman555
Member

I don’t think this is Jor-El. And I hope Jurgens is setting us up with all the negativity,to when it is at it’s worst,use the scion of hope,Superman,to speak well of the earth and save the day.

Kal L
Member

I wondered if they pulled another “Armageddon 2001” on us at first, where everyone had figured out the identity of the mystery villain, so they changed at the last minute to throw everyone off.

I’m actually really excited to see how this play into the upcoming Doomsday clock!

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