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Spider-Man – Blue

August 5, 2008

In comic book history, there are several moments that will never be forgotten by anybody. Be it the Death of Superman, Knightfall or the moment when Gwen Stacy was killed by the Green Goblin. In 1973 writer Gerry Conway created a two issue story arc that would change the whole industry. Never before had such a popular character been killed off and it turned out to become one of the most memorable comic books of all times.

In 2001 Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale picked up this story and decided to have Peter Parker look back at the beginning of his relationship with Gwen. The result was a six issue series called Spider-Man: Blue. Peter, who has been married to Mary Jane Watson for several years now, decided on a Valentine’s evening that he wants to record his thoughts about his first true love on tape. What follows is an amazingly emotional story that gives an insight into the complicated love triangle between Gwen, MJ and him. The voice-over bubbles in the following panels consist all of Peter talking to Gwen through his tape-letter. The series is however not only a romance story, but it includes also a good amount of Spider-Man action. Spidey has a run-in with Rhino, the Lizard, the Green Goblin and the Vulture and all these attacks are connected in a special way. Loeb manages to perfectly capture the duality between Peter Parker and Spider-Man, as well as the different personalities of Gwen and Mary Jane. Even Flash Thompson doesn’t feel utterly unnecessary for once. About Tim Sale’s artwork there is not much that I can say except, stunning and moving.

I have read many different comic books over the years, many of them attempting to create an emotional story. Most of them however never manage to stir up any real feelings while reading, but Spider-Man: Blue does just this. At the end of the story I felt sorry for Peter and it really felt like the death of Gwen Stacy was one of the worst things that ever happened to him. If you like stories with a deeper feel to them and want to know how Peter met Mary Jane and Gwen Stacey, you should try to find this graphic novel.

“I guess when I try to sum up how I get – how I feel sometimes around this time of year… I feel blue.”

Story                 9

Art                     8

Reread Value    7

Overall rating   8/10

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