I should start off by saying that I rarely put much stock in reviews. I do occasionally read
reviews of comic books, video games, and movies. But that doesn't mean I listen to their advice. And I definitely don't listen to the reviewers over at Newsarama
. I mean, who are these guys and why are they reviewing books?
I was reading a few of the reviews by Newsarama's "Best Shots"
review team. I didn't particularly care for what I heard from some of them. I took immediate umbrage with the review of Black Adam #1
. The reviewer is quick to point at that the art is beautiful, the story is intriguing, and the writing is quite good. But the book still sucks.
You may be thinking: "Huh?" I know I was. The thing is, the reviewer mentions several times how he hates Countdown
(calling it a "black hole of a series"). And since Black Adam
is tangentially connected to Countdown
, it's not worth reading. What ever happened to reviewing a book on its
But the really awful review is the one for Green Lantern #22
. It starts out like so:
I feel vindicated now that Kyle Rayner has switched sides and is currently the tentpole of the Sinestro Corps; I always knew he wasn’t worthy to be on Team Green and I pray for a square-off between him and Hal and for the former Mr. Graysides to knock his block off.
So am I supposed to take this guy seriously? Any credibility he may
have had immediately goes out the window when he starts a review like that. It's completely unnecessary and I'd say quite
Now, there may be someone out there thinking: "Wow, that Diamondrock is a real hypocrite. He talks trash about characters he doesn't like all the time!" And that person would be right about my calling Wolverine a tool. But they wouldn't be right about my being a hypocrite.
Because you see, this is my
blog. Here I (and my co-bloggers) express our opinions
. That's what blogs are for. If that reviewer wants to talk about how much he hates Kyle Rayner, he should get himself a blog and talk about it to his heart's content. I'll be happy to never read it.
But in my mind a review
column on a site reputedly focusing on news is not really the place for that. A review is meant to inform poeple about the merits of a book, its writing, and its artwork. It's meant to help others decide whether or not they
should buy the book as well.
Professional reviewers of books (the non-comic kind) are expected to leave their personal biases at the door when they write their columns. If the comic industry ever wants to stop being seen as a gathering of unwashed nerds by the outside world, our "professional" reviewers should be held to the same standard.
So far we're not doing very well.
Labels: Newsarama, Reviews