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Sep 12th, 2012, 10:55 am
Spider-Man: Blue by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
Requirements: CBR Reader, 182 MB.
Overview: Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale present this lavish look back at a pivotal era for the Amazing Spider-Man – including the introduction of Peter's first love, Gwen Stacy; his growing relationship with Mary Jane Watson; his budding friendship with Harry Osborn; and Spider-Man's startling final battle against the Green Goblin.

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Spider-Man: Blue
    Comicraft letterer, other
    Jeph Loeb writer
    Richard Starkings letterer
    Steve Buccellato colorist
    Tim Sale artist
    Published by Marvel Knights, 2002-2003.

      The Marvel Knights take a swing at Spider-Man as writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale -- the award-winning team that brought you DAREDEVIL: YELLOW -- deliver another modern classic! Take a bittersweet look at Peter Parker's college career, his first days on the job at the Daily Bugle, and his lethal battles with the Green Goblin! You saw the first five pages in Wizard #126, but now you can feast your eyes on Loeb & Sale's interpretations of Harry Osborn, J. Jonah Jameson, Robbie Robertson, Mary Jane, Gwen Stacy and more! THE WRITER SPEAKS: "The title's not blue like the color -- it's blue as in sad, as in jazz music, as blue in love," explained Loeb. "See, particularly at this time in his life, Peter had the best problem a guy could have. He had two beautiful girls in his life and he had to figure out which one was the right one.... (and) there will definitely be the villains of that period (included). I can promise Green Goblin. I also want to see Tim draw the Rhi#It wouldn't surprise me if Vulture and Kraven show up too."

      It is Valentine's Day, and Spider-Man describes himself as feeling "blue". Gwen Stacy, one of Parker's true loves, died a while ago, but 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 series then recounts the events from The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 1 #43-48 and #63, though it switches time order and implies that Kraven the Hunter, who appeared in #47, is behind all of the villains who attack Spider-Man. It retells Peter standing between Gwen and Mary Jane Watson, berated by his friend Harry Osborn.

      In the end, it is Valentine's Day, and Gwen asks Peter to be her valentine. Peter states how her death has scarred him. Her one-time rival Mary Jane taught Peter to love again, but he reveals how much he misses Gwen. Suddenly, he notices his wife Mary Jane listening. Instead of being angry, Mary Jane feels deep sympathy for her husband and tells Peter to say hello to Gwen from her and to tell her how much she misses her, too. On this note, the story ends.

    Thus Begins A Love Letter To One Gwendolyn Stacy Reviewed by CM_Cameron on Jan. 15, 2011.
      A retelling of Peter's relationship with Gwen From the mind of Jeph Loeb and the pencil of Tim Sale, the comic dream team behind Batman: The Long Halloween.

      I love me some Loeb and Sale. They're the masterminds behind what I feel is the best thing to happen to Batman in comics: The Long Halloween. (Yes, I'm claiming that it's better than The Dark Knight Returns. And yes, I can feel you trying to attack me through your monitor right now.) It seems to me that the two of them haven't lost their touch at all. This is a well (re)crafted tale, so far

      There's a clear respect for the era in which the story was originally told. Sale's art is reminiscent of Romita's in the best way and the story has plenty of little details that were small, but vital parts of Stan Lee's stories. There'll be a strong sense of nostalgia for anyone whose read these stories as a child.

      Fortunately, nostalgia isn't the only reason to read this book. The story is presented well here. It's told from the point of view of Peter reflecting on the events that would end up having a huge impact on his life and who he is/becomes. It's nice to see that this POV isn't used simply as a narration tool, but also as a means of showing us who Peter is. He's a man who's determined to learn from his mistakes and who doesn't forget those he loves.

      The only problem I have with Blue, is that I would have preferred an original story. Modern retellings of classic tales are nice, but I would have really liked to see what these two could have done starting from scratch.

      What is it with Loeb, Sale, and not-quite origin stories? The Long Halloween and Dark Victory are supposed to cover year two and three of Bruce's life as Batman, Spider-Man: Blue deals with just about the same timeline in Peter's life, and (if I'm not mistaken) Superman: For All Seasons chronicles Kal-El's life on the Farm after his origin, but before becoming Superman. Do these guys do anything outside of that time period?

      This was a fun, nostalgic issue. Something I imagine that the other entries will be too. (Well, at least until... you know.) The pros easily outweigh the single con and I look forward to reading the rest of the story.

Download Instructions:
Blue 01 My Funny Valentine --
Blue 02 Let's Fall in Love --
Blue 03 Anything Goes --
Blue 04 Autumn in New York --
Blue 05 If I Had You --
Blue 06 All of Me --

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