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I Really DID Like Most of Gruenwald’s Cap

That’s why I feel a little bit sketchy linking you to this post by a fellow named Professor Fury, but really, it’s not like it is mean or anything, and it’s a well-written examination of the end of Gruenwald’s Captain America run, and I think it is worth reading, even if it, at times, is less than complimentary to Gruenwald’s writing.

If anyone has written a good piece on how much they LIKED Gruenwald’s Captain America, send it my way! Equal time, and all that!

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I always thought Gruenwald was a consistently good writer. So there was an aspect of his characterisation or a story that wasn’t that great. Eh… so what. Everyone lays an egg from time to time. If there a lot more good than bad, why make an issue over it?

But then again, if we didn’t make issues over it and nit pick, we wouldn’t have any discussions. Goodbye, blogosphere!

Hey, thanks for the link, Brian! It may not have been clear from my post on the end of Gru’s Cap, but I really liked most of his run as well — especially everything up to about 350 or so, after which there was a slide toward generic super-heroics. But I actually admire what I’ve come to believe he was doing in “Fighting Chance.”

“Captain America And Snake Reagan” is one of the great unrealized comic book projects of our time.

Seriously, it’s been a few years since I read Gruenwald’s Cap run, so I can’t say how well it holds up, but I enjoyed it at the time, especially the odd but lovable pairing of Cap and Diamondback as a couple (To this day, I still favor her over Sharon Carter as Steve Rogers’ main love interest). Gruenwald’s stories, for whatever faults may have been present, had a certain goofiness to them that was endearing because I felt like he was just having fun with the medium.

I always thought the biggest problem his run faced, something highlighted in the scans over at Professor Fury’s nice write-up, is the poor quality of the art, especially towards the end of the run when the pencillers were doing their best Jim Lee/Rob Liefeld impressions and falling far short. That is just atrocious looking art…

It’s OK not to like the end of Cruenwald’s Cap run. It was terrible.

Second the preference for Cap/Diamondback. Plus Kieron Dwyer was awesome on Cap.

The Cap/Diamondback relationship was always a favorite of mine, and I always felt that Crossbones had a lot more personality during the Gruenwald run. However, going back, not a lot of it has aged well. Capwolf? The Superia Stratagem where they try to turn Cap and Paladin into women, and then they spend the last half of the arc running around in women’s clothing and not getting noticed. But Rik Levin’s art was always pretty solid. And I’m officially rambling.

Those were the days…The Red Skull & his “Skeleton Crew,” The Serpent Society, “Streets of Poison.” The list goes on and on. But to me it started getting weak sometime after issue 400, and maybe even a little before.

Yeah, the “Superia Stratagem” killed it for me. I weathered “Streets of Poison” unhappily, but my faith was renewed (or at least boosted) by the episodes immediately following, but “Superia Stratagem” did me in. I finished off the storyline, bought one more issue (“Battle over the Capitol” or some such), and never bought another issue of Captain America again. I just couldn’t justify the expenditure anymore.

Diamonback was one of the most do-able women in comics history.

“Superia Stragem” was a little too over the top, even for Captain America. I really disliked the whole “death” of Captain America storyline, even though it was slightly more plausible than Cap’s most recent demise. A sniper? How many times has Cap been shot at or faced cosmic entities and emerged unscathed?

Oh. My.

I want Captain America vs the Snake-Reagan so badly. Someone email Robert Kirkman.

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