OZ is Here! ACTION COMICS #988 Review
Published by DC Comics
Written by Dan Jurgens
Artist by Patrick Zircher
Covers by Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques, and Jason Wright
Variant covers by Neil Edwards and Jeromy Cox
You are the Father
For Superman, not a day goes by thinking about his parents. How they sacrifice themselves by sending their only son to a far distant planet to become Hope for the people of Earth. But in the DC Universe, anything is possible. In Action Comics series #988, Superman discovers that his natural father, Jor-El, is alive, well, and responsible for many catastrophes popping throughout the world. Now reunited for the first time, Jor-El looks to rekindle his fatherly relationship, but will Superman submit to the truth? My review of Action Comics issue #988. Oz Effect #2.
I have to tip my hat to Dan Jurgens for coming up with a story like this. Re-introducing a dead character to life like Jor-El takes guts. Now that Mr. Oz has made his presence known, the next obvious question is why? So far, he’s managed to capture Red Robin in Detective Comics # 940, taken Superman, Lois, and Johnathan from the 52 universe series and for giggles Action Comics #957 reintroduce Doomsday to Lex Luthor in Metropolis. Jor-El has seen his fair share of tragedies and death (Like his beloved Lara) and confesses he’s made a horrible mistake of leaving Kal-El on this heartless world.
Artwork / Coloring / Lettering
The holographic cover of issue # 988 is amazing as the image Kal-El awaits in his spacecraft to launch from Krypton and his parents. Then as the cover shift, it unveils two silhouettes facing Krypton’s destruction. I was a little disappointed though seeing Jor-El in a 1960’s throwbacks style clothing. I guess headbands were the rage at the time.
Jor-El is worse for wear during his time on Earth. It seems someone or something has managed to transport him away from the moment of Krypton’s death and witness cruel treatment among men and his surroundings. So grotesque and lack of compassion these people of Earth do not deserve his son. But Mr. Oz may not win this argument from his son but maybe his grandson. We’ll find out soon enough as Action Comics issue # 989, the OZ Effect pt. 3 is available while issue #990 pt. 4 comes out October 25th.