Action Comics #987 Review

Posted September 13, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Dan Jurgens

Art by: Victor Bogdanovic, Jonathan Glapion, Jay Leistein, Mike Spicer

Published by: DC Comics

Finally, Oz Effect is here. Do they tell us who Oz is? YES! Is it big?! YES! Will I say it here? ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Now that that is out of the way, let’s start the review.

This issue really sets up Superman Saga for a new generation. There are a lot of events that take place, but none of them are as important as the reveal at the end. Thankfully, that reveal is handled with care as Jurgens weaves the web of information throughout the issue. A keen eye can catch these subtle clues peppered throughout the book, and Jurgens truly navigates them expertly without giving too much out. Certainly, there are spoilers out there over who Oz is on the internet, but do yourself a favor and read the book its its entirety. Context matters.

While the next issue is looking to be backstory, this particular chapter gives us another look at the way Superman deals with a crisis, especially when there are too many things for him too handle. What Jurgens manages to do here is make sure that all of those conflicts and situations seem natural; they could have happened, and it is not like many other books out there when the conflict is only there to progress the story. These conflicts truly feel like they matter and will help shape the Man in Blue, for better or worse.

None of this would have been possible without a good art team, and Victor Bogdanovic, with help with some of the very talented inkers and colorists, was tasked to bring this story to life.

Bogdanovic captures the moments here perfectly, especially in conveying Supes’ disdain to what is going on across the globe and how each situation is affecting him. There are certain panels where it does feel that he is being pushed to the edge, which was exactly what Jurgens was going for Bogdanovic delivers. Glapion on inks and Spicer on colors are the finishing touches, which brought this particular chapter to the pantheon of one of the great Action Comics issues. It is a true treat to read, answering some questions and raising a slew of new ones in the process.

Oz’ storyline has been weaving across the Rebirth line from the very beginning; however, even knowing the identity of the said villain, it is going to be interesting to see where the story takes all of these events from now on.

Everything has truly led to this moment in Action Comics, and it is nice to get some reward for those that have stuck with the book since it came back last March. There were some chapters and even full stories that were truly filler, but the underlying theme of Mr. Oz was always there, and it does seem to be here to stay. Now with knowing the identity, let us find out why this has happened in the first place!

Happy reading and definitely check this story out!

Action Comics 987

Action Comics 987


Final Score

9.4 /10


  • Jurgen's writing
  • Fantastic art
  • That reveal!
  • That reaction!


  • 978 is not packed with it so I know what is next!

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Aron Pohara