DC finally revealed one of the biggest Rebirth mysteries of them all today in “Action Comics” #987 written by Dan Jurgens with art from Victor Bogdanovic, Jonathan Glapion, Jay Leisten, and Mike Spicer. The ongoing mystery of Mr. Oz can be traced back to his first appearance pre-Rebirth in Geoff Johns and John Romita, Jr.’s “Superman” #35 during the DC You days in June 2014. Mr. Oz went on to play roles in “DC Universe: Rebirth” #1 and other big storylines like the disappearance of Tim Drake in “Detective Comics” and “Superman Reborn.” Jurgens and co. pulled back the curtain on the character in the first issue of “The Oz Effect” arc today. You’ll find the answer to the three year long question, who is Mr Oz, below this picture of Stephanie Brown, aka Spoiler.
That’s right folks, it turns out that Mr. Oz is none other than Superman’s dear old dad Jor-El. Speculation for Mr. Oz’s identity has ranged from Ozymandias of “Watchmen” fame since Mr. Oz seems to have knowledge of Doctor Manhattan, to other characters like Superboy Prime, Kon-El (Superboy), a Pre-Flashpoint Lex Luthor, and others.
You can check out the reveal below.
In “Action Comics” today, Oz begins his endgame for Superman, trying to make him realize that saving humanity is pointless and that he sent Clark to the wrong planet when Krypton exploded. This reveal begs more questions than it answers, namely how did Jor-El survive Krypton’s destruction? What happened to Superman’s mother? What is the relationship between Jor-El and Doctor Manhattan? Why did Jor-El want to kidnap Tim Drake? And, perhaps most apt, is this really Jor-El or is there more reveal to come?
We’ll know more as “The Oz Effect” continues in “Action Comics” #988 in two weeks on September 27th, and also in “Detective Comics” #965 which begins the return of Tim Drake in “A Lonely Place of Living” the same day. Sound off in the comments below about what you think about the Mr. OZ reveal!