It's no surprise there's a lot of discussion over the amount of 5 star reviews we give out, so I thought I'd speak my mind on that a little bit. Hopefully it'll clear up the subject for some of you.
"You give too many five star ratings. These books aren't perfect or instant classics."
Wholeheartedly agreed with the latter, but to us a 5 star rating doesn't indicate that, either. Personally, I treat star ratings as I do Netflix's system:
- 1 Star = Hated it.
- 2 Stars = Didn't like it.
- 3 Stars = It's okay.
- 4 Stars = Really liked it.
- 5 Stars = Loved it.
Now, it's no secret that you can love something that isn't perfect. For example, I love the latest Deadpool run. Does it have its flaws? Absolutely. The story isn't anything special and it was a fairly repetitive formula. That said, it was clearly going for strong action and comedy, and in that regard I fell in love with the book. It was a blast that kept me laughing and having a great time. I loved it and therefore, I was okay with giving it 5 stars despite minor complaints.
Now, keep in mind we . If we did, I imagine 5 stars would be far less common and we instead see more 3.5s - 4.5s. I'd love for that to happen, but that's not something I have power over.
"But giving it 5 stars implies it's as good as SAGA and it totes isn't!"
No, it doesn't and that's made abundantly clear. Nowhere in the review will I state something like Deadpool's a masterpiece and a must read for everyone or it's the next big thing. In fact, I clearly stated in the review for the first arc that the character development and story is lackluster -- two elements where a book like SAGA clearly excels. However -- and I'm repeating myself now -- I provided (hopefully) adequate reasons to explain why I loved it, thus giving it 5 stars.
"The publisher paid you for this review."
Go home, Viner, you're drunk. If I'm getting bribe money for positive reviews or attempting to keep an open mind during the very early stages of a comic book movie, then my checking account would like to know where the hell that all money is -- I could certainly use it on new comic book day! Guess what? Some people love the stuff you don't. Some people hate the stuff you love. At the end of the day, a review is just our opinion. Just because we love something you loathe doesn't mean we're getting some extra green on the side. Truthfully, this is one of the most ignorant things a person can say and it is indeed insulting. You honestly think a huge publisher like Marvel is going, "We need good reviews on Comic Vine, dammit! Quickly, risk our credibility and offer them bribes now!" So, grow up and read the review to see the reasoning for the opinion before going "5 STARS? YOU GOTS PAID, BRO."
If you're still QQing over the matter, well I guess that's just too bad. Perhaps you can opt not to read our reviews instead of sounding like a broken record? TONY LOVED THE LATEST ISSUE OF BATMAN -- A BOOK THAT'S WIDELY ADORED? THAT'S SHOCKING, MAN.