Action Comics #987 NM Nick Bradshaw Variant Cover DC Dan Jurgens Mr Oz Revealed!

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Action Comics #987B
Published Nov 2017 by DC
Writer Dan Jurgens
Art Viktor Bogdanovic
Cover Nick Bradshaw

‘THE OZ EFFECT’ part one! The agents of the mysterious Mr. Oz begin to move as the Man of Steel works to stop the chaos they unleash in Metropolis and across the globe. But when Mr. Oz steps from the shadows his identity rocks the Last Son of Krypton to his core. The story that began in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 begins to end here! 32 pages, full color.

It’s time to get to the mystery that’s been surrounding DC Comics since before Rebirth began and that’s finding out who Mr. Oz actually is. He’s been a weird character who seemed to know that Superman wasn’t what he thought he was before Reborn went down, he had captured Mr. Mxyzptlk and still has Doomsday and Prophecy captured…and Tim Drake for some reason and he’s been manipulating events throughout Rebirth as a way to get Superman ready for something that’s coming down the line…maybe Doomsday Clock. Anyway, it’s time for all to be revealed…well, at least his identity so let’s jump into this issue and see what’s up.

Our issue begins with seeing that after the Superman Revenge Squad arc that Metallo went and got himself captured by ARGUS, but apparently his suffering won’t go on for much longer because out of nowhere, Mr. Oz shows up and rips Metallo’s Kryptonite heart out and takes it back to where Mr. Oz calls home, where he begins monologuing about how shitty the world is and how it doesn’t deserve Superman………… and it’s weird too because Mr. Oz, while being kind of ambiguous in what he’s up to this whole time just goes full on evil and plans on setting the people of the world against themselves all at once so that Superman is so overwhelmed that he’s not able to stop it all.

So yeah, Oz’ agents are out and about, which feels like it should have been setup more than just the previous issue and they’re whispering in the ears of people who happen to be pieces of shit to go and do the wrong thing in a situation, whether it’s drinking while Captaining an oil tanker, blaming immigrants for stealing their jobs, causing a prison riot or just shooting an endangered rhino just for its horn. So yeah, pretty much, wherever a piece of shit can be a piece of shit………. they’re being pieces of shit. This causes Superman to go out and react to the situation, which leads him to a African village, where he had recently left medicine for them, being attacked by guerrilla soldiers and then the military showing up and firing back at the guerrillas……. essentially, killing everyone around besides for our hero. Yeah, it’s pretty fucked up to see Superman facing his worst fear in not being able to save everyone, but it’s also very cool because it puts our hero in a situation that he’s not used to being in either.

In the end, Mr. Oz makes himself known, takes credit for setting all of this into motion and teleports himself and Superman to the Fortress of Solitude, where he reveals that he’s Superman’s father Jor-El and that he made a grave mistake in sending his only son to this planet.

That’s it for this issue of Action Comics and it’s awesome to finally find out who Mr. Oz is. While most of Oz’ actions seemed to be all about helping Superman or preparing him for something coming down the line, out of nowhere here he just goes full bore evil and starts causing death and destruction around the world and while he has a point that people really don’t deserve Superman, this change in his character just seems to come out of nowhere.


Bagged and boarded, near mint condition. 1st printing. More pictures may be in description.