I won't defend those plots. One I'm not familiar with them, Two. there's a big difference between being an editor and a writer. There's a school of thought that good editors let writers write. They don't get in the way and mandate what must be. I would argue a lot of what is wrong with Marvel and DC today is that a bunch of guys get in a room and decide what the plots will be and make writers write according to editorial mandate. Those stories always suck.
But being a "good" editor might mean letting a writer write himself into a corner. It's a fine line being an editor who encourages writers to be creative and put new life into stagnant books and letting someone run amuck with bad ideas.
Or I could be wrong.
But, still his Cap stuff in the last couple of years, not good.
Though I disagree with a lot of what's been said in this thread, well, most of its opinion and everyone is welcome to hold one. However, I do have to correct one major detail and note that the one word most associated with reports of Gruenwald's heart attack, both at the time and ever since, is "unexpected." Gruenwald was 43 when he died, and (to the best of anyone's knowledge) in good shape. If he or anyone else knew otherwise, well, that secret has been well kept ever since.
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