E – EPIC
This rating is reserved for those rare books that transcend the medium. You know, stuff like Watchmen, Maus, Kingdom Come, Sandman, and Marvels are all good examples of Epic stories. This is not a grade we often give out, if ever.
A – EXCELLENT
A near perfect comic. There may be a flaw or two in the story or art, but for the most part, this is a book that just about any comic reader should or will enjoy. At the end of the year, books with “A” status should be considered for best issues / stories of the year.
B – GOOD
A good quality comic that’s worth its modern expensive cover price. It may have a story problem or the art may not be the best, but it entertains and fulfills the reader.
C – AVERAGE
Most comics are average. We understand that sometimes we’re biased towards certain titles and give them a higher grade than we should, but that’s fine. Reviewing is subjective, but let’s make no mistake: 70% of comics being published are “C” level books. “C” means nothing special, but a run of the mill story. If it’s mildly entertaining and/or the art is serviceable OR if it’s one of those books that’s deemed “only fans will enjoy this”, we’ll give it a C+. If the book’s barely average (we’re talking mediocre territory), it gets it a C- or D+.
D – POOR
Bad art and/or big story problems, but there are a few redeeming qualities. This book isn’t a total loss, but compared to its peers, it’s pretty bad.
F – FAIL
No redeeming qualities whatsoever. It’s a waste of paper and talent (if there’s even talent involved). Avoid at all costs. See Cable #1.