Review by: Andrew Gaedele Action Comics #992 Written by: Dan Jurgens Art by: Viktor bogdanovic, SCott Hanna, Jay leisten, John Trevor Scott, Michael Spicer Published by DC Comics
What is this? The Oz Effect is finally finished. This review will serve as my review of not only this single issue, but the Oz Effect as a whole. Action Comics 992 is sort of an epilogue to the arc, but I’m not going to count it in terms of the review.
The Review The issue itself wasn’t anything to write home about, but it did close the arc off succinctly. Oz’s modified “Kryptonite vision” was badass. I felt that it was similar to Metallo but with the ironic twist of coming from someone who it would normally kill. The reveal that Manhattan was controlling, or at least coercing, Jor-El was a good choice. I enjoyed the issue but not immensely.
I think this whole arc could have been four, maybe even three, issues rather than five. In the middle there, it seemed like quite a bit of fluff and useless story. I feel like we heard Oz’s plan like three or four times over the course of all the issues. The reveal didn’t surprise me, and it doesn’t seem to have a lasting effect, what with Jor-El not even dying, just getting sucked away at the end by what is presumably Dr. Manhattan.
One thing I am glad for is that Jor-El was coerced into being Oz. It didn’t sit right with me that Jor-El would choose to be evil, so it was actually satisfying to learn that Manhattan had preyed on Jor-El’s weakness to bring his worst traits out, rather than Jor-El going back on what has been known to be his ideals for the last seventy real life years. My hope is that we eventually see Jor-El rescued and cured from his sickness to join the Superfamily. Clark would get his father back, Kara would get her uncle back, and Jon would get a grandfather. I think that expanding the Superfamily (within reason) has been part of what has made the Rebirth Superman comics so great. Clark, Lois, and Jon as a family unit have brought a whole new refreshing take on the Superman mythos, and having Jor-El actually be alive and around would be super cool (hehe). Just like the Marvel/Shazam family has the pudgy Uncle Dudley, so too could the Superfamily have an older member.
Overall, the issue gets a 6/10 while the arc gets a 5/10. It was perfectly average, sadly not as groundbreaking as I and others were hoping.
But perhaps I will revisit that rating once Doomsday Clock happens, as I have a sneaking suspicion that much of what happened here will tie into the Superman/Manhattan confrontation.