Review by: Andrew Gaedele Action Comics #990 Written by: Dan Jurgens Art by: Viktor Bogdanovic, Scott Hanna, Jay Leisten, John Trevor Scott Published by: DC Comics
What is this: Action Comics 990 comes to us this week. It is part 4 of the Oz Effect. The story of Oz/Jor-El continues to unravel as we find out more and more about his intentions.
The Review: In this issue, Superman stops more disasters, and Jor-El explains to his grandson Jon that he wants to take the Kent family to a better place, where no one will have to hide their powers or identities. By the end, Superman saves Metropolis from deadly gas, and Jor-El and Clark have a confrontation on the roof of the Daily Planet. Turns out Jon believes Jor-El, and stops Clark mid-punch.
To be honest, I am left wanting more from these issues. As I said in a previous review, it seems like they are just dragging this arc out, and I really wonder how it is going to end. I just feel like we have seen this sort of thing before. Humans are impure, human society must be ended, all stuff like that. The fact that it is (or might be) Superman’s father instead of a random villain does not have as much of an impact on making the situation feel different as the writers hope. My thought is that it might not actually be Jor-El, and/or they are having to save certain plot elements because of Doomsday Clock (which is right around the corner). I hope that either those things are true, or that the fifth and last issue of Oz Effect brings things to a better conclusion.
This issue gets a 6/10. Still alright, but predictable, and not compelling. Hopefully we see something great at the end.