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gruenwald run - what happened?

Subj: gruenwald run - what happened?
Posted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 12:54:43 am EDT (Viewed 30 times)


Mark Gruenwald was responsible for some of the most important and definitive storylines in the Captain America title. Standouts include the whole "Captain" arc where Steve gives up the Captain America identity to a government-sponsored version, "Streets of Poison" confronting the idea that Captain America might not be much of a superhero without having taken a drug, and much, much more.

But the tail-end of the Gruenwald run is torpedoed by tiresome, dull, wheeszingly lengthy plotlines of dreary misery. That whole "Cap is Dying" arc almost killed me too with its tedium and total joylessness. Captain America stories can have dark moments, but there always needs to be some light at the end of the tunnel. Gruenwald's run had lost its light. Thankfully, Mark Waid made it shine brightly again.

I doubt poor Mark was responsible for many of the flaws, though... Marvel's general creativity was horrifically low at the time, probably due to outside circumstances and interfering editors. It's just sad that he's often remembered as the dull, miserable writer who came before Mark Waid.

- Ib


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