Title: Spiderman Blue
Author: Jeph Loeb and Time Sale
Publication Date: Aug 2011
Classification: Graphic Novel
Summary from Goodreads:
“It’s about remembering someone so important to me I was going to spend the rest of my life with her.” What Peter Parker didn’t know was that meant Gwen Stacy would only get to spend the rest of her life with him. This is the story of how they fell in love. Or more appropriately, how they almost didn’t fall in love. Welcome to Spider-Man’s life. Bad before good. It’s kind of amazing. So to get the girl of his dreams, he’ll have to run the gauntlet of the Green Goblin, the Rhino, two Vultures and a mysterious man in the shadows controlling it all. Join the Eisner Award-winning team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Superman for All Seasons, Batman: The Long Halloween, DAREDEVIL: YELLOW, HULK: GRAY) in the story about Peter Parker’s first love, Gwen Stacy. Highlighted by the introduction of Mary Jane Watson, it is a critical moment in Spider-Man’s life when everything was just coming together – only to fall apart.
Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. Two names which may be familiar to some as I have done a review or two of books done by these two astounding men (Loeb the writer, Sale the inker). I have to say that of all the times I have read work done by them, they have never disappointed me. With Spider Man Blue, they didn’t start here. The wind up…and the pitch…going ….going…GOING….ITS A HOME RUN!
Spider Man is one of the most fascinating characters because of the life he leads. The entire creed of ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’ is one in which he models his life after. The thing is, he is a normal person, aside from being bitten by a radioactive spider. He has bills to pay, school work to do and an Aunt to look after. Some of you reading this may know a bit about Spider Man and his dealings with women (Mary Jane in particular), but this story is about his first (and perhaps true) love, Gwen Stacy. Spider Man Blue (part of what I like to call the Marvel Color Series: Hulk Gray, Daredevil Yellow) is a romanticised take on Spider Man that is sure to move some to tears.
High praise is due for the artistic efforts of Tim Sale. I have made mention of his artistic prowess in some of my other reviews but I will state once more that his style is very reminiscent of noir comics or even a bit of pulp; it is not overtly polished but focuses heavily on a certain color scheme or utilizes the environment around the characters to convey the visual message.
SpiderMan Blue is a tribute to the life of Gwen Stacy and is being told from a flashback perspective of Peter Parker. He is recording his thoughts to Gwen Stacy for Valentine’s Day and in this collection, some of the most important parts of their relationship is detailed. Spider Man Blue is the perfect combination of humor and intrigue. There is a bit of suspense, there is the fair amount of laughs and there is the romantic aspect which seems to permeate throughout each page. Loeb’s storyline direction is flawless and the dialogue is crisp and clear. The message he attempts to convey is heard loud and clear. For the sake of avoiding spoilers, I can only recall how much of an impact this story had on me; by the time everything was over with and done, I had a tear in my eye. Contrary to popular belief, I am very much of a romantic sort of guy. Just because I do not read romance novels very often does not mean that a romantic story can’t move me. This is my romance novel. A boy falls in love with a girl. Pay no mind that the boy spins a web any size and catches thieves just like flies. Its a love story with a brilliant finish.