Working on major heroes such as Daredevil, Hulk, Superman, and Batman, writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale have the outstanding ability to harness the nostalgia of a character's early days and craft a unique story around past events. Their most outstanding effort in this practice is Spider-Man: Blue; a retelling of Amazing Spider-Man #40, #43-48 and #63.

Blue recounts the highlights of the relationship between Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker with some beautifully romantic artwork by Sale and sentimental scripting by Loeb. The main story beat is actually a flashback bookended by a distraught Peter recording a love letter to a now-deceased Gwen into a tape recorder on Valentine's Day.

Blue is one of the most emotionally draining and heartbreaking superhero comics out there, but it's also exquisitely exciting and energetic. This isn’t about how many tons Spidey can lift over his head or how years of continuity fit together—it's a tragic romance.