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"The Oz Effect, Conclusion": Superman confronts his father Jor-El over his recent actions as Mr. Oz. Superboy begs his father to believe in Jor-El, but Superman says that for the last four months, he has been investigating a threat to the entire world and that threat is Mr. Oz. Jor-El says he is


Quote1 I positioned people in situations where they were given a choice between good and evil. Evil won. Which is why Earth's fate is sealed. I wasn't saved from Krypton's destruction because of anything I've done. This isn't about me. I was saved...because this is about you. Quote2
-- Mister Oz



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Synopsis for "The Oz Effect, Conclusion"

Superman confronts his father Jor-El over his recent actions as Mr. Oz. Superboy begs his father to believe in Jor-El, but Superman says that for the last four months, he has been investigating a threat to the entire world and that threat is Mr. Oz. Jor-El says he is not responsible for today's atrocities, he merely gave people the opportunity to choose between good and evil, and unfortunately evil won and that is why humanity does not deserve to survive.

Jor-El hits the ground with his staff and takes Superman to his base of operations. Previously, this place was Jor-El's prison but in time, it became his home and it could provide safe haven from the oncoming threat that seeks to destroy humanity. Superman refuses to abandon humanity in its time of need and Jor-El, growing impatient, attacks him. Jor-El insists that he is trying to help Superman, who asks him why did he assume the identity of Mr. Oz instead of just coming to him directly. Jor-El replies that Superman needed to see mankind is beyond saving and Mr. Oz was the vehicle that allowed it to happen.

Superman is outraged that his father allowed such violence to happen and innocent people to die. The fight moves across the entire base, with Superman seeing the room Jor-El held Mr. Mxyzptlk at. Jor-El then blasts Superman with a beam of Kryptonite. Rather than being injured by Kryptonite, Jor-El has evolved to control it. Superman resists the Kryptonite's effects enough to blast Jor-El into another room of the base. There, he finds the captured Doomsday, another prisoner under Jor-El's watch. As he continues the fight, Jor-El explains that he has been keeping Superman's enemies from harming him. Even now, he is still trying to save his son.

Refusing to yield, Superman asks Jor-El if he would really harm his own flesh and blood. Jor-El is distracted by this question, which gives Superman enough time to grab Jor-El's staff and break it in half. Ever since he felt the staff's energy, Superman suspected that the staff might be controlling Jor-El in some way. Jor-El begins to feel pain from the Kryptonite embedded into his cranium, the staff was the only thing keeping that pain under control. He also starts to remember the death of Krypton and how he failed to save his people. Seeing that his father is coming to his senses, Superman attempts to help him stand back up. Father and son embrace, but their moment is tragically cut short, as Jor-El can feel the mysterious entity that kidnapped him wants to take him away again. Jor-El pushes Superman away and, as a mysterious blue light begins to surround him, begs his son to save his family. The blue light takes Jor-El again and Superman is left alone at the Fortress.

Superman returns to Metropolis and reunites with his wife and son. He expresses sorrow and regret for being unable to save his father, but he promises Superboy he will find him again. The Kent family wonders about the mysterious threat that Jor-El described and if the people of Earth are ready to stand against it. Superman uses his super-hearing to listen to the evils and injustices that humans do towards each other and dashes off to fulfill his duty.



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  • This book was first published on November 8, 2017.
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