Just popping back in with a link to an interesting discussion on reviewing & criticism at newsarama by Chris Maunter. Comics is a tight-knit group, especially the small press world, so how do critics deal with writing about people they know?
The longer I hang around cons, boards and creepy back alleys the more this question applies to me. So far I take it on a case-by-case basis, erring toward the side of reviewing only strangers for my non-tryharder reviews. Either way, I always attempt to give my readers a clear picture of what the book did to/for me (here) and what its merits and demerits are (elsewhere).
My computer is still off in rehab. No real reviews until it returns I think.