I noticed something at comicbookroundup today.
When DC moved Supergirl to digital, the reviews took a deep nosedive. I was a bit curious to why this happened as the comic has held the same quality throughout the last run.
When I looked at the critics reviews more closely, I noticed that the reviewers hadn’t changed their opinion throughout the run. What happened was that when the comic went digital, the review copies were no longer sent out, and with them went all the high grades. There was a huge difference in opinions between critics that were given free review copies and critics who were buying their comics.
This makes me pose a question. Are “paid” critics more reluctant to put lower grades for fear out of losing their freebie copies? Is it a random coincidence?
What are your thoughts? How many comics are given grades like 1 or 2 by reviewers, compared to lets say a much more neutral grade like 7-9? Are the “professional” critics polluting the reviews and landing all comics at an 8-ish average making it harder for buyers to make informed decisions?
Is it a problem?
Should review copies be removed?