DC Comics has been teasing us all year with the identity of “Mr. Oz,” the dark figure lurking in the background of Superman titles all year.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Doctor Manhattan of “The Watchmen” universe has also been playing around with the DC Multiverse, so many assumed that Mr. Oz was the hero/villain Ozymandias from the same universe.
Me included. It was so obvious, how could it not be him?
I’m not saying it is or it isn’t, but any fan of DC Comics needs to grab “Action Comics” No. 987, (DC / $3.99) which comes out Wednesday and learn the truth. It’s Part 1 of “The Oz Effect” storyline and the identity of Mr. Oz is revealed. We also begin to see his motivation and get an idea of where he is going.
It’s the best $3.99 you’ll spend all summer. Written by Superman veteran Dan Jurgens with amazing art by Viktor Bogdanovic, this is a winner. Splurge and buy the lenticular moving cover.
More interesting is the timing. This is the 987th issue of “Action Comics,” where Superman made his debut in 1938. Need I remind anyone that he was created right here in Cleveland by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster? Didn’t think so.
This means that there are only 13 issues left before “Action Comics” becomes the first comic title to reach the magical 1,000th issue. One thousand issues published over 80 years is incredible. Action was monthly most of that time, though there was a period from 1988 to 1989 when it came out weekly and featured a rotating cast of heroes in their adventures — rarely featuring Superman himself.
It returned to monthly status with Superman in the lead “where he belongs,” the cover stated.
The year of weekly issues pushed “Action Comics” past “Detective Comics,” featuring Batman, as the longest running comics title in the world.
The point is, DC must have something incredible lined up for the 1,000th issue. With the current Mr. Oz and Dr. Manhattan storylines going, it all just might come to a conclusion with that milestone issue.
No doubt that Superman is back!