Action Comics #988

Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Ryan Sook Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 27, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 25
7.7Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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"THE OZ EFFECT" part two! As Superman struggles with the ramifications of Mr. Oz's identity, the mysterious figure's origins and the long road to Superman's doorstep finally reveal themselves.

  • 10
    GWW - Dillyn Chadwick Sep 26, 2017

    Action Comics #988 is a fantastic issue with excellent art. It further cements Oz's true identity while having me still in doubt. I'm excited to continue "The Oz Effect" to find out even more, especially if his identity is true or a ruse for something bigger down the line. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Sep 27, 2017

    Dan Jurgens brings Jor-El and Kal-El together in a harrowing tale that explores how two completely divergent views of humanity can form. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    NerdEnt.Net - Sinister Sheep Sep 30, 2017

    I thought this was a fantastic issue this story line has me excited. I don't know what going to happen but i'm excited as hell. The character Jor-el has good motives, it may not be right but i understand why. The writing is spot on and the art is perfect. The only thing i didn't like was that krypton story was kinda rushed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Connor Willesden Sep 27, 2017

    An insight into the background of Mister Oz after the reveal gives some necessary motive behind one of Rebirth's most behind the scenes villains. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 27, 2017

    The Oz Effect's first chapter shocked readers last issue and the second continues disrupting and shaking expectations. Jurgens goes with a sensible cliffhanger and I'm very interested to see where he takes the story next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Sep 27, 2017

    Jurgens, Sook, and Hi-Fi have encapsulated the broad strokes of a warped and jaded Jor-El origin that other titles in the DC Universe have taken advantage of like Detective Comics this week! With the clearest and sharpest art yet on Action Comics revealing the darkness behind one of comics best known father figures, it'll be a treat to see how Superman handles the continued ramifications of this major turning point. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Oct 18, 2017

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Sep 27, 2017

    Jurgens does succeed to make this into essential reading for Rebirth, as it does answer some very crucial questions and both in that sense and in the sense that is a very interesting story that could shape the life of the Man of Steel it comes recommended! Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Sep 27, 2017

    Probably one of the most original Superman stories for awhile, I'm eager to see how Dan Jurgens plays this all out and I know there's going to be plenty more twists, questions and answers to be found along the way. Given that, this issue provided more questions then answers! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Tara Giovannini Sep 28, 2017

    I don't know where this story is going, but I hope Jor-El sticks around. He's an amazing addition to the Superman mythos. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 27, 2017

    Action Comics #987 set things up and Action Comics #988 lays a lot of it out and explains the “how.” It really shouldn't work and should feel like a silly retcon, but what's presented is an entertaining story that captures the fun and tone of Jurgens' current Superman run. Entertaining overall (though I expect there'll still be a swerve at some point) and it gets me to want to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Sep 29, 2017

    The 'mirror darkly' origin of Jor-El taken in by a kindly family was a nice touch. And the art is gorgeous and supports the story turns perfectly. And the art is gorgeous and supports the story turns perfectly. I'm intrigued. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Sep 27, 2017

    While this story presents Superman with a real challenge on an emotional and philosophical angle, the depiction of Jor-El just doesn't ring true. Jor-El = Hydra-Cap? Despite the provocative nature of the story, Jor-El in this role seems out of place and undermines what could be great with a different character in this role. It will make you think, but you might hate it, too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Break - Andrew Fontana Oct 1, 2017

    Ryan Sook and Hi-Fi bring a clean, bright style that fits well with a Superman book. Sook's pencils do an excellent job of capturing the various facial expressions the characters employ. Sook concentrates on how their respective experiences on Earth distinguish Jor-El from his son. Their faces are nearly identical, yet the tragedies Jor-El suffered mark him in ways that Sook's pencils brilliantly emphasize. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Sep 27, 2017

    What I am really hoping is there is a further reveal, beyond his identity that changes this classic trope and makes it more interesting. Jurgens has written a strong run so far, so I am hoping that he continues to surprise and improve the story. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Scott Shuken Sep 27, 2017

    After all this time, the big reveal turned out to be a tease for Doomsday Clock, which is a bit of a let down. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Corps - Josh West Sep 29, 2017

    This second entry in "The Oz Effect" misses an opportunity to capitalize on the emotional build-up from the previous issue. Instead, we're presented with a history lesson (albeit an intriguing and beautifully drawn history lesson) about Mr. Oz that, if true, will have major ramifications on Superman's origin story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 27, 2017

    Well, if you wanted to know a single incident that happened to Jor-El once he was saved from Krypton's destruction, then you'll get exactly what you want out of this issue and while I understand we have to have some setup moving forward, this seemed to move at an even slower pace than I ever expected it to and we really haven't moved that much forward in this story besides for Superman seeming like he may believe who Mr. Oz says he is. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Sep 28, 2017

    This one is a solid read if you're on-board with the storyline but otherwise, it's little more than villain monologuing for 20 pages. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Sep 30, 2017

    A disappointing second installment that comes across as padded and visually inconsistent. This is not a way to impress old fans or create new ones. I'll continue to follow this story to see what truths are revealed about Oz and the Rebirth event, but this doesn't have me excited. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Sep 27, 2017

    Im lookingforward to subsequent issues, to see how Jor-Els unmasking (assuming he is animposter) comes about. If hes not a phonus balonus, then Superman as a concepthas indeed gone off the rails, and those Curt Swan stories are more preciousthan ever. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Oct 1, 2017

    Action Comics #988 failed to make Jor-El into a compelling character. With the entire issue dedicated to how Jor-El survived and why he became Mr. Oz the failure in the script's execution is disappointing. Dan Jurgens has his work cut out for him in order to turn "The Oz Effect" momentum around after this big stumble. Read Full Review

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