John Snow wrote:
If you're constantly judging things based on expectations you're setting yourself up to fail.
No. We do it all the time. Jude expected Superboy #1 to suck and for him it did, yet he wants to continue reading the book, which means (more than likely) it did not suck to the extent he expected it to.
I try to read each and every book as its own thing, however, certain creators carry a certain expectation level. I expect Brubaker to be a certain caliber everytime. I expect Jeph Loeb to be all over the place... I expect JMS to write an interesting and different story that he never finishes. These expectations are created by having read a large swab of the work that the creators have done.
Even worse for Incognito Bad INfluences, not only did it carry expectations from the creative team, but since it is effectively Issue #7 of a series (as opposed to a true #1) - it carries the baggage from the first six issues. I think we can all agree that it is not as good as any issue of the first series. Why should it score as high?
Pull list: Afterlife with Archie, Bodies, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Coffin Hill, Dead Boy Detectives, The Fade Out, The Goon, Harley Quinn, Hinterkind, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon,The Maxx Maximized, Miracleman, Ms. Marvel, Multiversity, Rasputin, Rocket Raccoon, Sandman: Overture, Silver Surfer, The Walking Dead