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Cronin Theory of Comics – “Keith Giffen As Plotting God – Scripting Devil.”

As many of you do, I’m sure, I have a few certain theories that I personally view as truths about comic books.

I understand that, for the most part, they are specific to me, but I am egotistical enough to believe that some of them are, in fact, universal theories.

The first one that I will share is “Keith Giffen As Plotting God – Scripting Devil.”

I am a very big fan of the comic book creator Keith Giffen.

I think he’s the bee’s knees.

However, there is one rather large deficit in his comic abilities.

He is not a very good scripter.

If you look back at Giffen’s triumphs and failures as a comic book creator, invariably, the triumphs will be when Giffen is working with a separate scripter, and the failures will be when he is only scripting a book.

Justice League – Only plotted – It was good.

Trencher – Plotted and Scripted – It was not good.

Legion of Superheroes – Only plotted – It was good.

Thanos – Plotted and Scripted – It was not good.

Ambush Bug – Only plotted – It was good.

Suicide Squad – Plotted and Scripted – It was not good..

Heckler – Only plotted – It was good.

Reign of the Zodiac – Plotted and Scripted – It was not good..

Lobo – Only plotted – It was good.

Book of Fate – Plotted and Scripted – It was not good..

L.E.G.I.O.N. – Only plotted – It was good.

Magnus: Robot Fighter – Plotted and Scripted – It…well, it wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t that good.

Freak Force – Only plotted – It was good.

Legend of Supreme – Only plotted – It was good.

Superpatriot – Only plotted – It was good.

Ragman – Only plotted – It was good.

So there you go….”Keith Giffen as Plotting God/Scripting Devil”, a Cronin Theory of Comics.

3 Comments

First comment, really?

I think everything you say was good, was good.

But so was his Suicide Squad, in my opinion.

In terms of sales, I grant you it was not a success. But in terms of entertainment, it was good.

I don’t think one outlier on the graph necessarily disproves your theory, though.

‘Invariably’? What about PunX and Vext? Both awesome, both solo Giffen, writing-wise.

Wow. Just found this. Couldn’t agree with you more. Been saying the same exact thing for 20 years…

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