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Re: Review Group Week 246 - INCOGNITO: BAD INFLUENCES #1

Postby thefourthman » Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:25 pm

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But by giving it a 6 you're saying it's no better than Marvel Apes or Gorilla Man based on your previous reviews. If that's what you really think of it that's fine, it's your opinion, but if not you're being disingenuous by grading it based on preconceived notions rather than actual content. (Not that most everyone here isn't guilty of that from time to time.)

I actually think that Gorilla Man and it are equal in enjoyment level for me. Marvel Apes far exceeded my expectations, so it garnered a higher score than it might have.

Again, the whole work can come out different. I would give the first volume of Incognito a ten, whereas after the events of the second issue of Marvel Apes, I couldn't be bothered to finish the series - effectively giving it a zero. As an issue, I would say Marvel Apes #1 and Incognito: Bad Influences #1 entertained me equally - but again, this is based on my expectations of both.

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Re: Review Group Week 246 - INCOGNITO: BAD INFLUENCES #1

Postby thefourthman » Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:31 pm

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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?

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Postby thefourthman » Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:33 pm

Furthermore, when someone like Daniel Way, who I dislike his body of work in general, can create a truly entertaining piece of work as he has done in Deadpool, you have to think more of the book, then you would if someone else had written it. Meanwhile, Lapham can create just as entertaining a work with the same character but not create the same level of enthusiasm towards the work.

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Re: Review Group Week 246 - INCOGNITO: BAD INFLUENCES #1

Postby Punchy » Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:48 pm

I never performance score, I just think all the negativity makes me more determined to have a positive outlook, and not be like the rest of the group, it's no fun to have so much negativity.

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Re: Review Group Week 246 - INCOGNITO: BAD INFLUENCES #1

Postby Victorian Squid » Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:51 pm

Punchy wrote:I never performance score, I just think all the negativity makes me more determined to have a positive outlook, and not be like the rest of the group, it's no fun to have so much negativity.


So, it wouldn't bother you if all the wildly high scores for Superboy made me pitch my score lower to counteract you bunch of goose-stepping Pollyannas. :-D
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Re: Review Group Week 246 - INCOGNITO: BAD INFLUENCES #1

Postby SilverPhoenix » Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:51 pm

thefourthman wrote: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?


What if you were being a "bad boy" and didn't read the first series? How does that play into this?

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Re: Review Group Week 246 - INCOGNITO: BAD INFLUENCES #1

Postby Victorian Squid » Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:52 pm

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What if you were being a "bad boy" and didn't read the first series? How does that play into this?


It would definitely have made me want to read the first mini.
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Re: Review Group Week 246 - INCOGNITO: BAD INFLUENCES #1

Postby Punchy » Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:52 pm

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So, it wouldn't bother you if all the wildly high scores for Superboy made me pitch my score lower to counteract you bunch of goose-stepping Pollyannas. :-D


It probably would, because positivity for ulterior motives is still positivity, whilst being negative to piss off others is just dickish.

That may sound hypocritical, but the end result of being positive is always positive.

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Re: Review Group Week 246 - INCOGNITO: BAD INFLUENCES #1

Postby Victorian Squid » Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:53 pm

Punchy wrote:
It probably would, because positivity for ulterior motives is still positivity, whilst being negative to piss off others is just dickish.

That may sound hypocritical, but the end result of being positive is always positive.


Well as long as it would bother you, then I did.
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Re: Review Group Week 246 - INCOGNITO: BAD INFLUENCES #1

Postby SilverPhoenix » Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:54 pm

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It would definitely have made me want to read the first mini.


Mission Accomplished. I guess we'll see if my 9 was justified by Thanksgiving Sunday. Don't worry I'm not changing my score, It felt like a 9 to me, and I'm sticking to it.
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Postby Punchy » Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:54 pm

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Well as long as it would bother you, then I did.


It must be no fun being you.

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Re: Review Group Week 246 - INCOGNITO: BAD INFLUENCES #1

Postby Victorian Squid » Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:59 pm

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Mission Accomplished. I guess we'll see if my 9 was justified by Thanksgiving Sunday. Don't worry I'm not changing my score, It felt like a 9 to me, and I'm sticking to it.


Trust me, joking aside other people's scores don't give me a moment of bother. In your case it's much more interesting to read your impression of the book up for review. :)

One notable exception was when Jude and Fourthy punked me and I thought Jude banned him for an X-Men Forever score.
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Postby Victorian Squid » Thu Nov 11, 2010 2:00 pm

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It must be no fun being you.


It's a beautiful day, I have the afternoon open to spend as I please, sales are good, the biggest book sale of the year is tomorrow, and I am as happy as can be. :D
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Re: Review Group Week 246 - INCOGNITO: BAD INFLUENCES #1

Postby thefourthman » Thu Nov 11, 2010 2:09 pm

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What if you were being a "bad boy" and didn't read the first series? How does that play into this?

Then your experience may be quite different. You may well enjoy the intrusive recap stuff and will not be as likely to notice the correlations in the relationship of main character guy and the whores he sleeps with. :P

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Re: Review Group Week 246 - INCOGNITO: BAD INFLUENCES #1

Postby ****** » Thu Nov 11, 2010 2:21 pm

thefourthman wrote: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.


Horrible example. Jude's "review" was a pure anti-DC fauxrage rant that was arbitrary to the comic.

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.


I'm not saying expectations shouldn't be a factor in how a book is reviewed, just that it shouldn't be the primary factor. Just because Cap #X wasn't as good as Secret Avengers #Y doesn't mean that Secret Avengers #Y was on a level with New New Avengers #Z because Brubaker didn't live up to my expectations established with Cap #X. The execution and content was still a fuckton better in SA #Y than NNA #Z. (IMO,obv)

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?


Nope. I liked both #1s about equally, I just liked them for different reasons.

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