Retro Review: Spider-Man: Blue (2002)

It is Valentine's Day, and Spider-Man describes himself as feeling "blue".
Blue

Synopsis: It is Valentine’s Day, and Spider-Man describes himself as feeling “blue”. Although Gwen Stacy, Parker’s first love, died a while ago, he still feels blue for her to this day. So, Spider-Man recounts into a tape recorder how Gwen and he fell in love.

 

The Story

Spider-Man: Blue is a bittersweet musing upon first love and innocence lost. It has the humour and pathos you expect from Spider-Man. Along with an immensely satisfying ending. As a mature MJ asks Peter to tell Gwen she misses her too. Showing her development from the party girl who traded barbs with Gwen over him. Writer Jeph Loeb captures Spider-Man’s authentic voice. Showing us a hero who cannot just swoop in and save the day with a flick of the wrist. But who cares about those around him and would do anything to help. We see this when Peter dons the Spidey-suit to stop the two Vultures fighting. Despite being sick with a fever. You really feel Peter Parker’s longing and his sadness through the comic’s narration. Additionally seeing a hopeful Peter at the end. Whose memories of Gwen remind him that life is beautiful. There are some lovely moments that would only appear in Spider-Man. Such as Norman Osborn’s concern for Harry reminding Peter of Aunt May. Moreover, I got a kick out of Flash Thompson’s knuckleheaded flirting that is shot down by both Gwen and MJ. Yet we see Flash’s hidden depths. As Spidey’s heroism inspires him to join the army.

 

The Artwork

Spider-Man: Blue has some gorgeous artwork. Tim Sale‘s pop-art inspired covers really leap off the page. There is some beautiful use of space and colour throughout this series. Such as New York City in the snow seen through Harry Osborn’s penthouse window. As well as the rose Peter leaves for Gwen at the place where she was killed. There are some great wordless panels that really show Peter’s concern for Aunt May. The fight scenes are well done. I loved the homage to the first ever Spider-Man comic cover when Spidey saves Flash. Over and above that, the chiaroscuro used when we finally see Peter and MJ in the present. Really brings home the comic’s seriousness and melancholy. As well as showing MJ’s maturity and true devotion to both Gwen’s memory and to Peter.

 

Overall

Spider-Man: Blue is a brilliant mini-series. It depicts the world’s vicissitudes and chaos in a way we can feel comfortable with. Seeing them through Spider-Man’s eyes. A hero who keeps going despite life’s hardships because of the genuine love and connections he has with those around him. We see a group of friends each grow up and change in their own unique ways. With one tragically losing her life. However, Spider-Man and MJ honour Gwen’s memory and look to the future with hope in their hearts. Massive, huge thumbs up from this reviewer.

 

Check out our Spider-Men poem here

 

Check out our Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse review here

10
Spider-Man: Blue (2002)
  • Story
    10
  • Artwork
    10

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