Comic Review: Action Comics #990 (DC Comics)

The man claiming to be Jor-El, otherwise known as Mr. Oz has been tactile in various crisis that are occurring around the world. As Superman does his best to solve […]

The man claiming to be Jor-El, otherwise known as Mr. Oz has been tactile in various crisis that are occurring around the world.

As Superman does his best to solve these situations, and preserving hope for humanity, Jon has gone missing, and only Oz knows where he is. Amongst the chaos, Superman will have to make choices that will forever change his relationship with everything he has ever known. What is Oz planning for Jon? Will Superman lose faith in humanity and his family? And what is this threat that Oz is so concerned about?

Action Comics writer Dan Jurgens keeps the ball rolling as Superman is scattered and alone, confronting so many societal situations at once. Trying to stop chemical bombs, and trying to make two warring factions come to terms and compromise for the sake of peace. Adding on to the plate of trying to investigate all of the coordinated attacks that have occurred since the beginning of his Action Comics run, Jurgens is certainly putting Superman to the test as a writer. The pacing and story I feel was a lot more jam.packed in this issue than it was in the prior issue. And understandably that’s just due to the nature of building up the story and narrative within a story arc. So thankfully we see Superman handle situations in ways that test his moral strength and puts those morals into question. Jurgens allows for the reader to witness Oz, Lois, Jon and other characters in between moments react to the forces that be. I loved the way Jurgens narrates Superman in the early pages, where Superman thinks about how busy the other Justice Leaguers are, and wishing he didn’t have to face this threat by himself, despite the fact that he has no choice but to face these threats heading on his own. The story is good and I feel it adds some intensity near the end of the issue where Jurgens really gets to build up to a climax that will leave the reader wanting more.

Viktor Bogdanovic’s artwork continues to impress and feels right at home with the book. Superman looks heroic Everytime he shows up on the page. Bogdanovic plays around with panel and layout leaving room for well-drawn settings and backgrounds, making the environments that the story takes place feel concrete and lively. Scott Hannah provides nice inks to Bogdanovic’s pencils, making every figure, setting and action feel sleek and crisp. Mike Spicer’s color work brings out a beautiful animated quality to the pencil and inks of Bogdanovic and Hannah.

Hopefully, readers will get some closure about Mr. Oz and his connection to everything that has occurred within DC Rebirth. Certainly, this is one of the best stories, arcs, and eras that Superman has had an Action Comics is the best it’s been in some time. If there is one thing for sure, is that it’s making history, and this storyline has been entertaining thus far. Definitely, pick this issue up.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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