Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. I figured it would be a fun bit to do, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!
We continue with Day 21, which is A Comic That You Used to Love But Now Dislike
Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
This is right up there with “comics that made you cry” in difficulty for me to answer, since just like no comic has actually made me cry, I can’t think of any comic that I loved that I now dislike.
The closest for me is probably Mark Gruenwald’s Captain America run. When I was young, I loved it but as time went by, his take on Cap really did stand out as kind of goofy in comparison to other writers, whose versions I enjoyed better (like Mark Waid, Ed Brubaker, Stan Lee and Steve Englehart). Especially the whole “Cap is distraught over killing a terrorist who was about to kill a bunch of innocent people” bit…
The whole “Steve Rogers gets replaced as Captain America” arc was handled very well. Gruenwald also had a number of top-rate stories following that long arc, but then after #400, his run REALLY fell apart (Cap-Wolf, Armored Cap, etc.). I still look bad on the run fondly, but when I was young, I really loved Gruenwald’s Cap and it really hasn’t held up well (while his Squadron Supreme stuff has held up REALLY well, in comparison).