Review: Spider-Man: Blue

Published on August 16th, 2011

Tuesday has come again my friends! How’s your week going so far? Well, if things aren’t going so great at least you got Trade Tuesday to bring a little bit of happiness into your life. This week we’re going to be taking a look at Spider-Man: Blue from the amazing team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. As I’m sure you’re already aware, these were the guys that did the outstanding Daredevil: Yellow and Hulk: Gray. At least you should be aware because I have already done Trade Tuesday features on both of those books.

spider-man_blueLike the other two books that have been mentioned, Spider-Man blue starts off in modern times (2003-ish to be somewhat precise) with our hero telling a tale of someone he’s lost early on in his superhero career. In this case, Peter’s lost love is of course Gwen Stacy. At this point Peter is married to Mary Jane, but instead of spending Valentine’s Day with his wife, he’s spending it talking to a tape recorder, retelling the story of how in love he was with and how he lost Gwen Stacy.

With the release of Columbia Picture’s The Amazing Spider-Man only about a year away, Spider-Man: Blue is the perfect trade for anyone who may just now be interested in reading about the earlier adventures of Spider-Man. Not only does the book introduce classic Spidey villains like The Rhino and The Lizard, but we are also give introductions to Peter’s best friends.  For people that are only familiar with the Sam Raimi films, this book gives a perfect summary of how Peter’s relationships with Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy developed. But don’t think that this collection is just for newcomers to Spider-Man. As someone who’s read a lot of the original Spider-Man comics this story is a great read.

You can never go wrong with Sale, but after finally reading this, I can say that this is some of his best work. While this is still obviously done in Sale’s style, I think he did a great job of capturing the styles of Steve Ditko and John Romita Sr. Even though everything looks like it takes place in the 1960’s, it’s not done as a joke and I think everything in the story works great. I especially enjoyed seeing Sale’s take on The Lizard, which I thought was a great interpretation.

As far as I’m concerned this is an awesome Spider-Man story for any fan, whether they’re new or old. Whether you’re looking to just get into Spider-Man or you just want to re-live the glory days, this is a fantastic trade. As far as extras go, it includes an introduction by John Romita Sr. himself. What really makes it worth the money is the notes at the end from Loeb and Sale and some pretty nice conceptual stuff from Loeb. So don’t waste any more time and pick up a copy for yourself because it’s just been re-released as a paperback edition.

Ken Zeider