There's no hope of stopping the Patriots fairly now, is there? Then again, if there was ever a franchise that could host the Super Bowl in their year-old stadium, only to have it hit by a meteorite during said sporting event, it would be the Arizona Cardinals. So there's that, at least.
But that's not really what I was going to talk about today, I just needed to get it out there.
What I wanted to ask about today is what you try to get out of other people's reviews of comic books. Or TV shows, movies, video games, books, whatever. Is it to see whether there's something out there that's really good that you should check out, or conversely, something that's really bad that you should avoid (say, that Wolverine story Jeph Loeb did last year)? Do you use them as a cheap way to keep up on titles you once loved but no longer wish to financially support (*cough Amazing Spider-Man cough*)? Is it a way to get a different point of view on something you've already read (or watched, or played)? An opportunity to see if there's something you missed when you read it, or maybe just to see if someone else interprets things differently? Or is it all three, depending on what we're talking about?
I think it's all of those things for me, since I can get introduced to something I need to consider purchasing, or save myself cash by not buying something I don't feel is worth it, and I never know when someone more astute than me is going to point out something I missed, that will cause me to rethink my opinion of a work. One of the Savage Critics did that with Punisher: The Tyger once, since I had initially felt it was good, but fairly pointless, and whichever one it was mentioned that it seemed to be Ennis building on what make Frank Castle who he is. Viewing it from the perspective, it was a lot more interesting of a comic to me, and it changed the way I was looking at Ennis' Punisher work as a whole.