SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Rebirth and Dan Jurgens & Victor Bogdanovic's Action Comics #987, on sale now.
One of the biggest mysteries at the heart of the modern DC Universe for the past few years has revolved around the identity of the mysterious Mr. Oz. The cloaked character has hovered on the sidelines and watched from afar; observing the changes to the DCU, abducting those who would seemingly interfere with his plans and most importantly, keeping a very close eye on the Superman family.
This week saw the beginning of “The Oz Effect” in Action Comics, a brand new storyline which will reveal the truth about Mr. Oz and why he cares so much about what happens to Clark Kent and his family and now that the identity of Mr. Oz is known, the Superman books will never be the same again.
The majority of this week’s Action Comics #987 is dedicated to Mr. Oz’s grand plan, which stems from his hatred of humanity. It’s an aspect of the character that hasn’t been explored so far, but this issue reveals that Mr. Oz has a resentment of the human race for squandering its potential and resorting to selfish, baser instincts to improve their own lives at the cost of society as a whole. We see vignettes of Mr. Oz’s followers around the world, and with a small push of persuasion, all hell breaks loose around the globe as oil tankers run aground, factory workers attack their colleagues, and bandits loot a medical station in Africa.
Superman attempts to solve all these criseses at once but it proves to be too much for one man — even The Man of Tomorrow — and by the time he reaches the medical station the bandits have killed everyone and stolen the life saving medicine which Superman himself recently hand-delivered. In a burst of anger, Superman tore through the bandits camp setting it ablaze, demanding to know why someone would do this, when he was approached by Mr. Oz who explained that it is in humanity’s nature to serve its own interests ahead of the collective.
Mr. Oz then teleported Superman to the Fortress of Solitude for their long awaited talk, where the mysterious mastermind revealed his true identity to The Man of Steel. Although shocked and in disbelief at the possibility of it, Superman learns that Mr. Oz — the man who has been lurking in the background of his life for so many years — is in fact his biological father, Jor-El!