Quick, name ten of Superman’s most recognisable foes. You’ve pretty much stopped at Lex Luthor, Doomsday and General Zod haven’t you (Maybe Mongul as well neeeeeeerd)? When it comes to villains, Superman’s rogues gallery has always been a bit lacking. For every Darkseid menacing the man of steel, there has been a Prankster or Toyman running loose and proving to be more an annoyance than an actual threat worthy of his limited time.
DC’s Rebirth on the other hand, may have just given the last son of Krypton his most formidable villain yet. If you’ve been tracking the progress of Action Comics, you’d know that there’s an enemy out in the shadows, a nemesis who has been striking at Superman’s greatest strength and weakness: His compassion.
Mr Oz is his name, and global destabilisation is his game. For months now, Mr Oz has been targeting Superman, his family and his ideals. The hooded antagonist has been working behind the scenes, causing chaos in an attempt to prove to Superman that humanity isn’t worth protecting. It’s…it’s not hard to argue that fact really.
So who’s really under the hood? Is that Watchmen hero-turned-villain Ozymandias using his considerable intellect to engage Superman in a battle of wits that even Lex Luthor would envy? Well, to be clickbaity, the answer will indeed surprise you. SPOILERS AHEAD!
Right then, consider yourselves warned. With Oz manipulating world events, Superman is finally forced to confront his latest enemy after being run ragged by the numerous crises erupting around the globe as he learns that even with all of his power, he can’t save everyone. That puts Superman in a lose-lose situation, that results in Oz and Superman arriving at the fortress of solitude. Two men, with so much personal history yet to be revealed because Mr Oz is none other than…
Jor-El, Superman’s father.
There’s a lot to be explained here, but the repercussion is massive. If Superman is a guiding light intended to show humanity that they can be better than they allow themselves to be, then Jor-El is a dark mirror who represents the worst of our species as he seeks to supplant the human race with the eprceived superiority of Krypton.
How did Jor-El survive? What’s his game? Is this actually Superman’s father or a Jor-El from another universe in DC’s wide multiverse? Hell, is this version of Jor-El the result of a timely ressurection via the Watchmen’s Doctor Manhattan in an attempt to show Superman that humanity is not worth saving? So, so many questions. Father’s day is going to be really awkward this year.
Last Updated: September 14, 2017