EDITOR’S NOTE: Earlier in 2016, we began using a rating system for comics reviews. The new ratings system is just a method to make it easier to post reviews, by following a template. It should also make it easier for readers to decide if they want to pick up the titles we are writing about. Here are the specifics:
We’ll begin using a RATING SYSTEM of 10+ points, as detailed below.
STORY: Is the story well-told? Does it engage the reader? How original is it? Is it one-dimensional or multi-faceted? Possible 0-3 points.
ART: Is the art engaging? Does it assist in story-telling? Is it clear or confusing? Is it complex or simple? Possible 0-3 points.
COVER: Does the cover have eye appeal? Does it reflect the contents? Does it create curiosity? Possible 0-2 points.
READ AGAIN?: Is it worth a second reading? Yes or No. Possible 0-1 point.
RECOMMEND?: Would we recommend it to readers? Yes or No. Possible 0-1 point.
KEEPER?: Is it different enough to stand apart from the pack in a meaningful way? Is it a classic example of the form or genre? In other words, would it be included in our Desert Island Long Box? Yes or No. Possible 1+ Bonus Point.
Any title getting 11 points in this system is absolute perfection — you must have a copy for your collection! (Thanks to Spinal Tap for giving us the idea for this - - - “our amplifiers go to 11!”)
So, if you’re just looking for something new to read, and we’ve rated a book at 7 points, it could be what you would like.
If we’ve rated a book at 8 points, it’s definitely premium quality.
Anything we rate over 8 points, is something you should be calling your comic store to hold a copy for you.
Please check out some of our upcoming reviews, and send us some feedback / comments.