Peter Parker reflects his relationship with Gwen Stacy on the anniversary of her death in Spider-Man: Blue.
Every year on this date Spider-Man goes to the bridge where Stacy died and leaves flowers. However, this year he is recapping his life with her into a tape recorder.
This is a standalone series so it tells a complete story with no need for prior Spider-Man comic knowledge. The whole comic chronicles the first meeting of Parker and Stacy to when they first started dating officially.
Spider-Man fights his multiple villains including Green Goblin, Rhino, Vulture and Lizard in the comic. However, they are just a side plot and the story is more about Parker’s love life.
Spider-Man: Blue was written by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale. Marvel Comics published the volume in 2011.
I had some major issues with this comic, but I will start with what I like about the comic. The art was a really cool choice made by Sale. All the art was done in the ‘60s style, but with a modern color style.
It was really cool feeling like I was reading a ‘60s comic but with the benefits of modern techniques. The writing was also done in the ‘60s style. Spider-Man is constantly throwing out his cheesy jokes while he is fighting. It is borderline too much and almost becomes annoying, but it never crosses that line.
The things I hated was Loeb’s writing of the characters. It really seemed like Loeb had never read a Spider-Man comic before. Spider-Man is supposed to have terrible luck and for everything positive that happens two negative things happen.
Spider-Man beats all his villains and takes little to no damage from them. He also has these two women who are head over heels for him. Stacy takes a liking to him right away and tries to learn more about him.
Mary Jane Watson is flirting with him and trying to date him two seconds into meeting. Parker has these two beautiful women all over him and I would hardly consider that bad luck. I guess Parker’s bad luck would be that Stacy dies.
Parker is saying how Stacy was the love of his life while Parker’s wife Mary Jane is around the corner. However, she doesn’t care. I think I would be like “dude what the hell I’m your wife and I’m not the love of your life?”
Right in the beginning Spider-Man defeats Green Goblin aka Norman Osborn and Goblin gets amnesia. Parker visits Osborn in the hospital and runs into Osborn’s son, Harry, in the hospital. In the scene Parker admits he barely knows Harry and were casual acquaintances. If some guy I had a class with who I barely knew was visiting my dad in the hospital I would be warded out.
However, Harry doesn’t think anything of it. It was just so unrealistic to not have Harry ask questions about this. They start to become friends afterward and end up living together, but I found the start of their relationship unrealistic.
The whole time frame of the comic is a few month period of their relationship. However, that isn’t really true because it ends when Parker and Stacy start dating. It would be much better if it was mostly about them mid-relationship. That way it could be about Parker trying to hide how he is Spider-Man from her. Spider-Man is always just barely getting away with hiding his secret and that is what makes Spider-Man great.
I really hated this comic and how unrealistic it was. It seemed like Loeb doesn’t know how to write a Spider-Man comic or how to write a comic about relationships. It was like a 10 year-old boy wrote a Spider-Man comic.