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.