Back in 2014, the mysterious Mr. Oz was introduced. While his identity was unknown, he seemed to know all of Superman’s secrets, including the fact there were two Clark Kents in existence in the New 52 DC Universe. He worked behind the scenes, observing Superman’s life, revealing himself from time to time without giving any answers.
With each appearance over the past few years, there was a lot of speculation on the identity of the cloaked character with readers. The first choice was Ozymandias (Adrian Veidt) from Watchmen due to Dr. Manhattan’s role in Rebirth and the obvious abbreviation of his name. Another suspect was Superboy-Prime due to his obsession with Superman. Now, Mr. Oz’s identity has finally been revealed.
Note: There will be spoilers for Action Comics #987.
While he’s claimed he was neither friend nor foe, he’s started taking a darker path. Doomsday and Tim Drake were teleported away and remain his prisoner (with Batman believing Tim is dead). He visited Metallo and apparently killed him by removing the Kryptonite keeping him alive. Mr. Oz now believed the world doesn’t deserve Superman and are not worthy of him. He then orchestrated several violent situations by gently nudging them with “options” that lead to murder, mayhem, and destruction.
When Superman confronted him, Mr. Oz whisked them both away to the Fortress of Solitude to talk somewhere more “safe and suitable.” He then told Superman, had he known what a cesspool Earth was, he would have sent him somewhere better. This confused Superman, and Oz further explained he was the one that made the spaceship that allowed Superman to escape Krypton’s destruction.
Mr. Oz is really Jor-El.
How did Jor-El survive? Why is he calling himself “Mr. Oz”? Why hasn’t he revealed himself before? What does he have planned for Doomsday and Tim Drake?
There are a lot of questions. Next month we’ll see the “Secret Origin of Mr. Oz.” It seems his name was a red herring to get people thinking he was Ozymandias, assuming this is who Geoff Johns had in mind back in 2014. It’s a crazy twist. It almost seems like having Uncle Ben return from the grave and torment Spider-Man. The difference is, we have seen Jor-El surface from time to time in different stories in flashbacks or as a Kryptonian matrix crystal computer program thing.
Needless to say, this is definitely shaking up Superman’s world. We’ve waited long enough, and now it’s time to get more answers. It will be fascinating to see how this all unfolds and what the future holds for Mr. Oz/Jor-El. Unless he’s not really Jor-El, and we’ve been tricked.
What do you think of Jor-El being a semi-villain for Superman?