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EXCLUSIVE: Lenticular Covers Revealed for Action Comics’ The Oz Effect

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EXCLUSIVE: Lenticular Covers Revealed for Action Comics’ The Oz Effect

One of the biggest mysteries of DC Comics’ current Rebirth era is the identity of Mr. Oz, and why exactly he’s been doing things like abducting and imprisoning characters like Tim Drake, Mister Mxyzptlk and Doomsday.

Answers are set to be revealed this September with “The Oz Effect,” an upcoming arc running through writer Dan Jurgens and artist Viktor Bogdanovic’s run on Action Comics. Like “The Button” and other high-profile DC storylines in recent years, the publisher will mark the occasion with lenticular covers — and CBR has the first look at how the covers for Parts 1 and Parts 2 will look in motion.

“The Oz Effect” starts with Action Comics #987, scheduled for release on Sept. 13. In the lenticular cover, illustrated by Nick Bradhsaw, the “hope” represented by Superman’s S-shield logo/the family crest of the House of El — it means hope on his home planet, you may have heard — is juxtaposed by what looks to be widespread destruction brought about by Mr. Oz.

The lenticular cover Action Comics #988’s “The Oz Effect” Part 2, also illustrated by Bradshaw, is scheduled for release on Sept. 27. This cover brings things back to Superman’s origin, which isn’t entirely surprising given the solicitation text for the issue — “the long road to Superman’s doorstep finally reveal themselves” — which reaffirms that the fates of Superman and Mr. Oz have been intertwined for quite a while, as has been clear from the Mr. Oz’s appearances thus far.

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“The Oz Effect” is set to continue in October with Action Comics #989 and #990, which will both also feature (as-yet unrevealed) lenticular covers by Bradshaw.

The obvious guess — potentially too obvious, but time well tell — of Mr. Oz’s identity is that it’s Ozymandias from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal Watchmen, given the similarity in name and DC Universe: Rebirth‘s reveal that Doctor Manhattan has altered the DC Universe, in a story set to be fully explored in Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s upcoming Doomsday Clock.

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Johns, who co-created Mr. Oz, discussed last month at Comic-Con International in San Diego that Doomsday Clock actually takes place a year forward in time from current DC storylines, which may cast doubt in to how much, if at all, it’s connected with “The Oz Effect.” Yet he’s also made clear that Superman is a key component in Doomsday Clock — the Superman logo is prominent in the story’s imagery — so no reason to rule it out at this point, either.

Mr. Oz first debuted during The New 52 era, in 2013’s Superman #32 by Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. His appearances have mainly occurred in Superman titles, though he’s also appeared in Detective Comics #947 (where he captured Tim Drake) and Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps #17 (where he’s seen monitoring Kyle Rayner).

Keep reading CBR for more on Action Comics and “The Oz Effect.” Solicitation text for Action Comics #987 and #988 follow:

ACTION COMICS #987

  • Written by DAN JURGENS
  • Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC
  • Lenticular cover by NICK BRADSHAW
  • Variant cover by MIKEL JANIN
  • Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • “THE OZ EFFECT” part one! The agents of the mysterious Mr. Oz begin to move as the Man of Steel works to stop the chaos they unleash in Metropolis and across the globe. But when Mr. Oz steps from the shadows his identity rocks the Last Son of Krypton to his core. The story that began in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 begins to end here!
    On sale SEPTEMBER 13 • Lenticular version $3.99 • Nonlenticular version $2.99 US • RATED T

ACTION COMICS #988

  • Written by DAN JURGENS
  • Art by RYAN SOOK
  • Lenticular cover by NICK BRADSHAW
  • Variant cover by MIKEL JANIN
  • Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • “THE OZ EFFECT” part two! As Superman struggles with the ramifications of Mr. Oz’s identity, the mysterious figure’s origins and the long road to Superman’s doorstep finally reveal themselves.
  • On sale SEPTEMBER 27 • Lenticular version $3.99 • Nonlenticular version $2.99 US • RATED T
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