Action Comics #987

Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Viktor Bogdanovic Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 13, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 31
8.5Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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"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!

  • 10
    Nation Of Nerds - Tom Zimm Sep 13, 2017

    The book ends leaving the reader with great anticipation for the story to unfold. Oz comes out of the flames confronting Superman that he should have known better, These people dont deserve you. Oz transports them to the Fortress of Solitude so that they can talk. Superman charges Oz with being responsible for the chaos and evil. Oz states that he simply presented the people with options and they chose evil and mayhem. (SPOILER ALERT!) Oz reveals himself as Supermans Father. Oz tells him briefly about his escape and then reinforces his belief that he sent Kal-El to the wrong place. The book ends with Oz saying, I am Jor-El The story is emotionally satisfying, its rooted in real-life dilemmas while still feeling like a Superman story. The art is beautiful and the cliffhanger at the end was awesome! Read Full Review

  • 10
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Sep 14, 2017

    Couldn't ask for a better start to the OZ storyline with Jurgens delivering a well-paced story and establishes the distance between Clark and humanity. In addition, couldn't ask for a better-looking book with Bogdanovic and Spicer rivaling each other on who was the better artist. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Andy Hall Sep 13, 2017

    This really is one of the best opening acts of a mainstream character's storyline in a long time. Jurgens and Bogdanovic are really starting strong with all the prologue actions. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Sep 19, 2017

    As the beginning of a new tale and one that is likely to reshape much of what we know of the Man of Steel, this is most definitely new reader and veteran reader friendly. The story is well told and a stunning art direction helps to add an extra dimension to an already great book. So far the story has proven to be every bit as important to the DCU as it claimed back when it was first announced, and I for one am truly excited to see what happens next. It is not often something so fundamental to a heros core is touched on like this and what follows could lead to a full deconstruction of everything we once knew to be fact. The wait for the next issue is going to feel like an eternity Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bad Manta - Josh West Sep 13, 2017

    I can't think of an issue of a Superman series in recent memory that set up a story as well as Action Comics #987 does. The Oz Effect is finally here, and if this issue is any indication of what the rest of this story holds, then we're in for one heck of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Sep 13, 2017

    Dan Jurgens crafts a stunningly layered portrait of the human condition. With a perfect emotional narrative, it stands out as one his finest pieces of writing. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Sep 17, 2017

    Action Comics #987 was a mindblown moment for me and Dan and his creative team really delivered an exceptional issue and I for one cannot wait to see where all this goes! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Sep 17, 2017

    The guessing is over, Mr. Oz is revealed and Superman's life will never be the same. The story is great, though doesn't rate a + because it's only the first chapter in “The Oz Effect.” Future issues will see if this upgrade is warranted in the story. The visuals are exceptionally strong, making Superman a god and his struggles colossal. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Sep 13, 2017

    Happy reading and definitely check this story out! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Sep 17, 2017

    Action Comics #987 had a lot of hype around it, and it's definitely been met. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Sep 13, 2017

    Superman's values are put to the test! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Sep 13, 2017

    One thing is for certain, this reveal is on par with one of the biggest reveals of the year and if the ramifications of Mr. Oz will rock not only Superman's world but the larger DCU as a whole… Jurgens and company have created a fine issue to usher in one of the long sought secrets of DC Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Sep 13, 2017

    There's a lot of relevance to the real world in the attitudes that Oz is trying to nurture. It's easy to blame those attitudes and outlooks on an outside force. However, it's us in the real world that are to blame. Superman will have a much easier time defeating Oz in the comics than we will of turning around those xenophobic and selfish outlooks in our world. This issue makes one think. It's disguised as a super-hero comic, but it's really about the challenges we face in our own world. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 13, 2017

    The Oz Effect gets off to a very strong start. This has been one of the most anticipated stories of the Rebirth era and so far it hasn't disappointed. It'll be fun to see where Jurgens takes the story next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    411Mania - Jonathan Durden Sep 28, 2017

    I found the art to be exactly what I wanted out of this issue. It did not disappoint me, it did not exceed expectations. That's all one can ask for this book. The main draw here is the story, and Jurgens made one hell of a setup issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Sep 14, 2017

    A Superman comic that takes the time to reflect the precarious nature of our own world isn't necessarily exceptional " again, this is Superman we're talking about here " but that something like this would take place at the beginning of one of DC's most anticipated events of the year " that's something worth commending. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Sep 18, 2017

    Well, at least the mystery is over. We get an origin next issue. And I have to admit the buildup to the reveal, our seeing the underbelly of humanity and seeing Superman's shock at all of it, made the reveal stand out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Break - Andrew Fontana Sep 23, 2017

    Viktor Bogdanovic's pencils, unfortunately, are not quite up to the task that Jurgens gives him. His somewhat cartoonish style was an excellent fit for a book like New Super-Man, but feels particularly out of place here. His characters are all rendered in a style that doesn't match the tone of this issue. Mike Spicer's bright colors are a good fit for the pencils, but taken altogether the art is an ill fit for a darker toned story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - Shawn Warner Sep 13, 2017

    Dan Jurgen's finally pulls back the curtain enough to reveal just who the man called Mr. Oz is and in that one answer a thousand new questions arise. This is truly the biggest story to hit the DCU since Rebirth opened the door to these new possibilities. Geoff Johns has set the stage for the entire DCU to be forever changed in the twinkling of an eye and Dan Jurgen's has proven himself more than up for the task with this first part of The Oz Effect arc. He is able to satisfy and excite all at once as the huge revelation sets the stage for huge things to come. The artwork is imaginative and innovative if on the brink of visual overload at times, Bogdonavic does a sloid job of keeping pace with Jurgens' kinetic tale of chaos. Overall this is a fantastic start to one of the biggest Superman arcs since Rebirth began. 4/5 Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Sep 13, 2017

    By digging into the heart of Superman's ability to bring hope and also his inability to save everyone, Dan Jurgens, Viktor Bogdanovic, Jonathan Glapion, Jay Leisten, and Mike Spicer giveAction Comics#987 a solid ideological foundation before the big reveal. The final page definitely surprised me and is a real shock to who Superman is as a character withAction Comics#988 providing some much needed context. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Sep 16, 2017

    Action Comics #987 did exactly what fans were hoping it would do by revealing who Mr. Oz really is. In the process Dan Jurgens creates plenty of questions that make "The Oz Effect" feel like a must read story arc. Creating that "must read" feeling makes Action Comics #987 a successful start to "The Oz Effect." Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Sep 15, 2017

    As I said,expect to be surprised, with the secret origin of Mr. Oz promised for nextissue. But what that means for the Man of Steel in the future remains to seen.I anticipate a crisis of conscience, perhaps a Bryan Singer-like attack on an emotional level, or maybe a fight between two powerful super-beings. Lets keepour fingers crossed its blend of both. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Scott Shuken Sep 13, 2017

    One last thing: If this really is Jor El, why is he just grabbing Green K and waving it around in the beginning? Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 13, 2017

    While Mr. Oz is revealed in this issue, which gives us a pretty cool cliffhanger, the rest of the issue just felt off because of the character's complete change of demeanor in everything we've seen up to this point.  Yeah, the art was great and we saw a side of Superman, which we rarely get to see, but overall, this issue just felt forced to reveal Oz, whether it really makes sense to what we've seen or not. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Sep 18, 2017

    Altogether, this is kind of a neutral beginning. It doesn't really give us anything new, but it reminds us why the story is at this point in the first place. It's a decent base and a quick read, but not quite a must-read yet. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    IGN - Tara Giovannini Sep 14, 2017

    It's finally here. After literal years of waiting, we finally find out the true identity of Mr. Oz, the man in the shadows who has been plaguing the DC Universe since his introduction in Geoff Johns/John Romita Jr.'s Superman #34. And it kinda sucks. Read Full Review

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