By Philip Schweier
Sep 15, 2017 - 11:29
This issue reveals the identity of the mysterious Mr. Oz, who has been pulling Superman’s strings since the debut of the Rebirth line of titles. Is it surprise? Sure. Is one likely to say, “Of course, I should have guessed?” Absolutely not. And that is why future issues of Action Comics have some ‘splainin’ to do.
Let’s start with the cover: blah. Stock image of the generic logo and the word “hope” underneath. Yeah, we’ve heard this before.
After a brief interlude with Mr. Oz, we are treated to a series of super-feats as Superman pulls an armored car from the river. Said transport is loaded with medicine bound for overseas, and the Man of Steel is all too willing to deliver the vaccine where it’s needed most.
But no sooner does Superman resume his Clark Kent identity than a series of crises pop up all over the world, sending him and his cape back into action. And in the midst of it all, Mr. Oz arrives to reveal himself to Superman. End of chapter 1.
As I said, expect to be surprised, with the secret origin of Mr. Oz promised for next issue. 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. Let’s keep our fingers crossed it’s blend of both.