Review by: Andrew Gaedele Written by: Dan Jurgens Art by: Ryan Sook Published by: DC Comics Released: 09/27/2017
Previously So in the first issue of the Oz Effect, we learned Mr. Oz is Jor-El (Superman's Biological Father). This came as a shock to the readers, due to the current history of Jor-El dying with Krypton. We'll look no further, because Jor-El survived, and has some ideas about the nature of humanity.
The Story This issue was pretty much what was expected. Jor-El told Clark about his time on Earth, while residing in an unnamed third world African country. Although Jor-El seems really extreme in his view that humanity as a whole is a lost cause. I feel as though it's more justified after see Jor-El watched the son of the family that took care of him execute his own family. It was cool seeing Jor-El gaining his Kryptonian powers.
I think this issue was pretty much what most people expected. Jor-El was teleported away in the last second of Krypton’s death by “him,” who we know to be Dr. Manhattan. I think many people were not shocked by this fact. The reveal of Mr. Oz’s identity was new and different, but the story of how he came to be on Earth is nothing exceptional - but that’s okay. It gets the job done, and moves the story forward some more.
Something that was a bit surprising to me was the story Jor-El told Clark about his time on Earth in an unnamed third world African country. Although Jor-El seems really extreme in his view that humanity as a whole is a lost cause, I feel as though it’s more justified after seeing that Jor-El watched the son of the family that took care of him execute his own family for his own gain. It was also cool to see Jor-El use heat vision and gain some of his Kryptonian powers.
The best part of this issue is the explanation for why Jor-El seems to be crazy. That being said, even though it’s been explained decently, many people suspect that it is still not Jor-El, and that there’s an even bigger reveal coming up. I don’t know whether I agree with this or not, but it sure is an interesting and exciting theory. Perhaps in the remaining issues of The Oz Effect, the even truer nature of Mr. Oz’s origin.
The Review Overall, this issue was a good "Part 2" to the current arc. It wasn't stand out, but it did provide a background for Mr. Oz.