Action Comics #990

Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Viktor Bogdanovic Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 25, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 18
8.5Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

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"THE OZ EFFECT" part four! If Superman refuses to join Mr. Oz's cause, maybe Superboy will! The mysterious villain hits Superman where it hurts when Oz and Jon join forces. But the stakes are raised when the Last Son of Krypton is forced to choose between his son and saving his adopted home planet.
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  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Oct 25, 2017

    Prepare to think a little bit about our own world as we see similarities to it in Action Comics #990. Though not a new idea, it is particularly effective in this case as Superman must try to get everyone to get along in order to stop the machinations of his(?) terrorist sponsor father. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Andy Hall Oct 25, 2017

    I really want to see where this goes. Jurgens and Bogdanovic are well-practiced in comics and especially Superman stories. They have told some of the best and this is shaping up to join them. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Joshua Evans Oct 25, 2017

    This fourth installment of "The Oz Effect" arc plays the panels fast and loose, cutting with cinematic precision between the individual quests of all major players. The irony of the paradise Mr. Oz promises, in the face of the Armageddon he's creating, comes to blazing breathing life with every page turn. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Nov 8, 2017

    This continues to make itself one of the best Rebirth stories of the DC Universe. The story is engaging and the visuals are out of this world. You want this! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 25, 2017

    The Oz Effect keeps building on the past arcs from Action Comics and Superman, which give it an added sense of importance. Its nice to see a solid story behind such a shocking return. I wouldnt bet against Jurgens and Bogdanovic at this point. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Oct 25, 2017

    In conclusion, this was a solid issue of the Oz Effect. I would even dare to say it was the strongest issue so far. One aspect I also love is how Jurgens ties Mr Oz back to the events in the first issue of this new run. As long as the book progresses like this, it could become a really great Superman story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nation Of Nerds - Tom Zimm Oct 25, 2017

    Jor-El also states, "Judgement is coming." The prophetic announcement evokes suspicion. How does Jor-El know this information? What does he know? Who is coming? Are they connected to Jor-El? Each of these questions keeps the reader interested and evokes an emotional response in the reader. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Connor Willesden Oct 25, 2017

    As a fantastic continuation of the Oz Effect, Action Comics #990 captures the essence of Superman spectacularly. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Oct 25, 2017

    "Oz Effect" is truly shaping up to be one of quintessential Superman stories, something that could truly affect not just his family but the balance of the entire DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comic Watch - Alexander Miranda Nov 4, 2017

    Majority of Ozs plan is revealed but we are left still wondering who or what the unstoppable force coming to destroy Earth is. It is mentioned that The Justice League cant stop it? Intriguing. There is action and well-drawn art to get this issue by, even with the story slowly progressing to the finale. I am surprised, yet impressed, with the certain direction they are taking the characters to and I look forward to the next issue impatiently. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Oct 25, 2017

    Action Comics is making great strides for another Superman: Action Comics arc that pushes the envelope of the character and his family to new places. Jurgens makes connections to the beginning of his Rebirth run and finally delivering on planted seeds, gives us everything we could ask for in an issue of Action Comics.Bogdanovic is capturing the adventures nicely and makes the book worth it with his visualization of dynamic and quieter scenes. The Oz Effect is a timely story for not only Superman, but for 2017 at large and having our hero combat a world that doesn't look far off from our own packs a layered punch to the otherwise super heroic tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bad Manta - Josh West Oct 27, 2017

    After a small dip in quality in part two and three, part four of "The Oz Effect" is a strong issue that shows Jurgens' really has a solid grip on this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Oct 27, 2017

    So all in all, this issue just enriched the plot so far with some small steps forward. I was very entertained by this and when it was done I wished the next issue was out and already in my hand. That is a good sign. I hope we get more Jor-El back story. How is he manipulating things? Where has he been all those years? Why now? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Oct 25, 2017

    Action Comics #990 is a tease of bigger things to come as puppet master Zor-El continues his manipulation of his son Superman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 25, 2017

    While a lot of this issue rehashes the same old things that we've been seeing from this arc, it does eventually get exciting and makes me really interested in what we're going to get from the next issue.  The art in this issue is great and it finally feels like we're getting somewhere with the Oz Effect. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Oct 25, 2017

    As I said afew issues ago, its likely this story will run up to the landmark Action Comics #1,000. It moves a bitslower than I would like, but thats an unfair assessment, as I have no ideawhat the next 10 issues will entail. My hope is that the creative team canremain in place for the duration of the story. I find it frustrating whenartists step away mid-way through a storyline. I dont fault them for it, Iblame the editor. He should manage the workload, and provide the art staff withthe resources they require. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Blair Marnell Oct 26, 2017

    There may be some Doomsday Clock foreshadowing here, but as its own story, "The Oz Effect" is simply okay. Considering who Mr. Oz is supposed to be in relation to Superman, it deserves to be much better than that. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Scott Shuken Oct 25, 2017

    Four issues down in the great Oz epic and once again we learn the "true" motivation for Oz's plan. He knows that a new Big Bad is on his way and he wants to get the hell outta dodge with his family, that's all. It now feels like the big plot to get all of humanity to act like dicks for a while was more about stalling and allowing his plan to take four issues to explain and less about teaching Superman anything about humanity. So once again we are reminded that this story is really just a set-up for another, almost certainly Doomsday Clock. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    gsossi Oct 25, 2017

    EXCELLENT!!

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Oct 27, 2017

    It's building up the excitement for the finale and teases the upcoming threat (Doomsday Clock is out in a month). Mr Oz is interesting as ever. I wonder how this all will end. Good issue.

  • 8.5
    Melkor Nov 4, 2017

    I'd like to have someone like Superman around the world. Someone who solves the problems on our planet. If only. The issue was great. Unfortunately Jor-El is right, Clark.

  • 8.0
    kfc902 Oct 27, 2017

    Good issue it continues to move story along nicely. Im on board for what comes next.

  • 7.0
    SloboSOY Oct 27, 2017

    I'm not a fan of this arc-story. For now we have Jor El a little stuck in his grand scheam. And like for last issue I'm not that confident that Jon want to be more free of his secret identity. I like what superman tried to do with the rebel leader & the president, but that a little naive even for the big blue. And a little hypocritical too. The part with some of Oz follower wasn't that great too. I'm tired of this arc. Cover 2/2 - Love the lenticular one. Writing 2/3 - Some good, but not enough. Drawing 3/3 - I like the art that looked like capullo ones. Sentiment 0/2 - Very tired.

  • 6.5
    Pat Payne Oct 25, 2017

    This issue turned up the heat on the Mr. Oz storyline, but the gas seems to be running out a bit. The art is still top-notch, and the scenes with Jor-El(?) and Jon sparkle. I'm sold on Jon's wide-eyed enthusiasm for Bliss and Jor-El's(?) earnestness to get the Superman family out of the universe before Dr. Manhattan makes his curtain call. Sadly, Jor-El's(?) plot makes less and less sense as the arc goes on. if Earth is doomed, why bother showing Supes that humanity is not worth saving? Why did (presumably) Dr. Manhattan (allegedly) give Jor-El(?) the Malcolm McDowell treatment to prove man's inhumanity, if he's (allegedly) going to wipe the universe out anyway? Why the mass-murder plot? Why the Oz cult? It's making increasingly less sense. My biggest concern comes with the resolution of the war in Logamba. It struck me as lazy writing that asked more unwanted questions than the intended questions it answers. It trod on the classic Superman third rail (infamously trod on in Superman IV) -- if Supes is powerful enough to totally stop THIS war, why not others? And by confiscating all Logamban military hardware, didn't he just set out an invitation to a rapacious neighbor to come in and invade?

  • 6.5
    The bad who Oct 26, 2017

    I feel like I'm missing something. Yes, the story feels heavy in meaning and consequences for Superman, yes, the art is adequate (I'm not a big fan, but people seem to they're nice), but it all feels forced. There are too many things going on at the same time...Jor-El, the cult, the terrorist attacks, the "menace", the family problems... It's easy to focus on a single event and feel like it's compelling, but when you take everything into account, it's a bit...much. And that's saying something when refering to Superman. Still, there is still time to redeem it if the second half if handled better.

  • 10
    Super17 Oct 26, 2017

  • 9.5
    KFuqua Oct 26, 2017

  • 9.0
    that dude Oct 25, 2017

  • 8.5
    sebastianorellana95 Oct 26, 2017

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Oct 27, 2017

  • 8.0
    sovereignsfall18 Oct 25, 2017

  • 8.0
    SurvivedCloneSaga Oct 27, 2017

  • 8.0
    ActionCity Oct 30, 2017

  • 7.5
    Bloodraven Oct 26, 2017

  • 7.5
    Haand Oct 27, 2017

  • 7.0
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