Tom Zimm's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Nation Of Nerds, Bad Manta Reviews: 35
8.5Avg. Review Rating

8.0
Action Comics (2016) #984

Jul 26, 2017

In this issue, the team of Superheroes learns the strength of a unified team and gains resiliency from an unexpected helper.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #985

Aug 9, 2017

This story is about optimism, perseverance, and heroism as Superman must overcome a longtime foe even while he faces a new threat.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #986

Aug 23, 2017

Superman courageously defeats his foes while Lex Luther has an encounter with Oz that reveals his intentions for all humanity!

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10
Action Comics (2016) #987

Sep 13, 2017

The book ends leaving the reader with great anticipation for the story to unfold. Oz comes out of the flames confronting Superman that he should have known better, These people dont deserve you. Oz transports them to the Fortress of Solitude so that they can talk. Superman charges Oz with being responsible for the chaos and evil. Oz states that he simply presented the people with options and they chose evil and mayhem. (SPOILER ALERT!) Oz reveals himself as Supermans Father. Oz tells him briefly about his escape and then reinforces his belief that he sent Kal-El to the wrong place. The book ends with Oz saying, I am Jor-El The story is emotionally satisfying, its rooted in real-life dilemmas while still feeling like a Superman story. The art is beautiful and the cliffhanger at the end was awesome!

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #988

Sep 27, 2017

Superman faces a quandary; accepting Jor-Els logic requires him to leave earth putting the planet at risk. Ultimately, he resists, because Jor-El could have been in his life earlier but chose not to. Superman asks Jor-El the important question, Why now? Im dying to see the answer to this question revealed as this story unfolds.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #989

Oct 11, 2017

The story arc will need to advance or branch out to keep reader's interest.

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9.0
Action Comics (2016) #990

Oct 25, 2017

Jor-El also states, "Judgement is coming." The prophetic announcement evokes suspicion. How does Jor-El know this information? What does he know? Who is coming? Are they connected to Jor-El? Each of these questions keeps the reader interested and evokes an emotional response in the reader.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #991

Nov 8, 2017

What was the purpose of Superman's encounter with Jor-El? A filler story or a set up to Doomsday Clock? Is something big coming? Was Jor-El telling the truth? What remains clear is Superman's resolve to defend earth against whatever threat might be looming and this is the best thing possible for its inhabitants.

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9.0
Action Comics (2016) #992

Nov 22, 2017

Who can we trust? What can we trust? These questions are compelling and do much to increase my interest as a reader.

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8.0
All-Star Batman #13

Aug 30, 2017

This story is about Alfred's past mentorship with Briar and how it impacts his current connection with Batman.

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9.5
All-Star Batman #14

Oct 4, 2017

The story transitions back to the present; Alfred and Batman embrace. Alfred asks, Have I been a good father? He wonders whether he has made a life for Bruce where he can be the hero, be adventurous, learn tough lessons, and always have a home to come back to. The questions resonate for the reader given the context of self-sacrifice and loyalty demonstrated by Alfred. From a fathers perspective, Have I done enough is a question most loving fathers ask themselves when thinking about their children.

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10
Batman: The Murder Machine #1

Sep 28, 2017

A final twist at the end brings an amazing conclusion to an exciting book. Cyborg is stepped on by a large creature. Its unclear who exactly this is at first. However, as the story quickly progresses, we see the members of the Dark Multiverse, which were revealed in Metal 2, appear! Connections are not made between The Joker and these characters; however, their appearance resembles The Joker in the mouth area. The story is amazing as it weaves from one dimension to another pulling the Father-Son theme throughout. The art is gorgeous. I am excited to learn where this story goes after this amazing installment!

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7.5
Faith and the Future Force #1

Aug 1, 2017

This issue is about a collaboration of heroes who fight a sinister robot who is stealing time. To win they must learn from their past and work together as a team.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #26

Jul 12, 2017

Flash faces an old enemy who threatens his relationship with Iris, his role as a father, and his future as the Flash

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9.0
Flash (2016) #27

Jul 26, 2017

The Flash and Thawne are locked in a fight to the death, spanning across both time and space with Flash intent on killing the Reverse Flash

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8.0
Flash (2016) #28

Aug 9, 2017

This issue is about Barry facing the consequences of prioritizing The Flash over his family and his career.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #30

Sep 13, 2017

The art is gorgeous and the story is emotionally meaningful. The story expresses themes of loss, grief, and recovery throughout. Kristens recovery from the loss of her family, her sharing her story with Barry seemed to empower him and give meaning to the story. Similarly, Ramseys story of overcoming a significant health diagnosis to let Flash know that hes aware of the Flashs most recent damaging effects on Central City is equally impactful. The book ends with a cliffhanger as Flash faces off against Bloodwork in Central City. I am excited to see how Flash overcomes his guilt and learns how to use his new power set to defeat Bloodwork!

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8.0
Flash (2016) #31

Sep 27, 2017

Im not sure how I feel about The Flash continuing the connection he has to the negative speed force. However, this story sets up some interesting storylines moving forward. I like that Wally is set to mentor Barry and that they repaired their relationship. It will be interesting to see how Kid Flash helps The Flash with his connection to the negative speed force. It might take Barry a while to restore his relationship with Iris. And, his CCPD partner, Kristen, could remain upset with Barry, which would make for an interesting work environment. I can hardly wait for the next story arc to see some of these storylines develop.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #32

Oct 11, 2017

The story advances the narratives which began in the previous arc, Negative, with one big exception. Barry makes progress learning how to use his new powers when he's connected to the negative speed force.

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10
Flash (2016) #33

Oct 25, 2017

The panels are beautifully drawn and colored, and the story has a weightiness. Porter draws an amazing Flash, with lightning bolts aptly applied. The expanse of the world, including the depiction of the portal, is gorgeous.

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9.0
Flash (2016) #34

Nov 8, 2017

What excites me is that the story has removed the Negative Speed Force from The Flash. How did she do this? Not sure. However, the relief gained by Meenas separating The Flash from his connection to the Negative Speed Force far out ways the skepticism surrounding how she tricked Barry so easily. While this is far-fetched, I dont care. Thank you for returning The Flash to his original power set! It interests me to see The Flash moving forward with a connection to only the Speed Force and how he breaks free from Meenas control!

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8.5
Flash (2016) #35

Nov 22, 2017

Meena's telling The Flash's that he has unresolved mommy issues is spot on.

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8.0
Super Sons #6

Jul 19, 2017

In this issue of Super Sons, our heroes learn about friendship, teamwork, doing good, and the complicated choices that present themselves when super heroes set on stopping crime.

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8.5
Super Sons #7

Aug 16, 2017

This issue is about a group of young heroes becoming a team and an elderly Magician learning a timeless lesson about impure motives.

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8.5
Super Sons #8

Sep 20, 2017

The story ends with Damian and Jon discussing the evidence that theyve collected and what it means. Damian concludes that they should stay near the village and that Kraklow is the key. Jon surmises that Kraklow hid the ancient clay on earth when they fought him. This is an entertaining story, with lots of action, which keeps the reader's interest to the end. The emotional stakes are high as the relationship between the young heroes remains snappy and interesting to the final page. How will these young heroes defeat a host of enemies that include a planet and an ancient wizard? This review is heavy on summary and needs more analysis, dont you think?

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9.5
Super Sons #9

Oct 18, 2017

The zeal and heroism demonstrated by Superboy and Robin are contagious and energizes this story.

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7.0
Superman (2016) #27

Jul 19, 2017

In this issue, the Kent family takes a vacation from superhero work while identifying the true heroes and the values that motivated them. While the book surfaces many important issues facing our treatment of war veterans and those who've made sacrifices it misses the mark in other ways.

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7.5
Superman (2016) #28

Aug 2, 2017

This story shows how Superman and his family put their feelings of compassion and empathy to work to help provide closure for a grieving family.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #29

Aug 16, 2017

In this issue, Superman investigates the disappearance of dozens of children and discovers two villains.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #30

Sep 6, 2017

The conflict in the story involves Parallax, Superman, and Sinestro. However, Superman correctly identifies fear as the greatest enemy for everyone. Superman uses his courage and willingness to show compassion, even towards his enemies, as a springboard to speak out against letting fear rule. The story comes full circle as Superman watches his son, Jon, sleeping safely in his bed. Ultimately, the story felt detached from whats been happening in this book since Rebirth which limited its impactfulness. The art was beautiful and the story involved, historically, three very interesting characters. The overall message, to make choices daily to overcome our fears, is an important one in our day and time.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #31

Sep 20, 2017

We're intrigued to know more about Deathstroke when he demonstrates having knowledge of Cestus, who vanishes into thin air after the fight, by stating that he'll be back with stronger men next time.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #32

Oct 4, 2017

The story was compelling throughout because it taught us how our beliefs play a huge role in how we act.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #33

Oct 18, 2017

Given the recent Action Comics and previous Superman story arc, it's nice to see an old-fashioned superhero story that is not bathed in current events.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #34

Nov 1, 2017

The story ends with Jonathan surrounded by a group of dog-wielding armored men who threaten to capture and eat him. Jonathan easily smashes his way through the group; however, the story ends with the group of men chasing him toward the edge of a cliff. As he flies off the cliff, the villains yell, Theres nowhere to run on Apokolips. Perhaps a play on words as Jonathan was flying off the cliff? The interesting part of this exchange is that Jonathan cannot fly. Has Jonathan demonstrated a different power set on Apokolips then he did on earth? Or, is he demonstrating a permanent sign of maturity gaining the power to fly at a very opportune moment? I can hardly wait to see how this story advances Superman as Imperius, Jonathan and his new powers, and Lois as the newest member of the Female Furies.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #35

Nov 15, 2017

The courage of Super Boy maintains me throughout this story. Will this be a coming of age moment for Super Boy?

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