Published: July 27th, 2011
Written by: Jeph Loeb
Art by: Tim Sale
Marvel Comics, 137 Pages
Other than the Hulk one, I’ve really loved the color themed series of titles that Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale did for Marvel. This is the last of the four that I have read and am now reviewing.
Spider-Man: Blue was damn good. It really captured the spirit of classic Spidey and even though it had a good amount of action and superhero fun, the focal point of this story was Peter Parker’s love for Gwen Stacy but also his blossoming love for his eventual wife, Mary Jane Watson.
This throws a good array of villains at the hero and all of them serve more than a superficial purpose. Kraven the Hunter is the big bad by the end of the story and his threat and how it grows throughout the pages of this miniseries flows really well with the narrative surrounding Peter Parker’s personal life.
Loeb and Sale are just a spectacular team and their talents are on full display here. While I still prefer their Batman work, all of which are real classics in the medium, these Marvel books are some of the best works to come out of the publisher in the last decade or so.
These stories understand the characters, their motivations and the art style makes them feel like you are going back to yesteryear.
Spider-Man: Blue is a fine read and it may even hit you in the feels.
Pairs well with: The other color themed books that Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale did for Marvel.