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Identity Crisis (Identity Crisis #1-7)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,948 Ratings  ·  489 Reviews
The most talked-about and successful miniseries of 2004 the story that has created ripple effects throughout the DC Universe for many years to come is now available in a stunning hardcover volume! New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer (GREEN ARROW) teams with artists Rags Morales & Michael Bair (WONDER WOMAN) and cover artist Michael Turner (SUPERMAN/BATMAN) ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 16th 2006 by DC Comics (first published 2004)
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How many of you out there know who Elongated Man is? Better yet, of those of you who know, how many of you care what happens to him? Thought so. Well, if you read Identity Crisis, you will find yourself caring not only about him, but his wife, Sue, as well. As it turns out, they have a great love story all to themselves. One that I had never even heard about before I read this book, which is what makes the opening pages even more heartbreaking.
Sadly, the story begins with Sue's murder. Naturally
Dan Schwent
Apr 11, 2016 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Elongated Man's wife is murdered and the search for her killer opens up a whole can of worms involving super-villains having their memories erased.

The best comics are the ones that are about something. Starman is about stepping into your father's shoes. Sandman is about stories. The Watchmen is about how power corrupts. This one is a mystery that raises a lot of ethical questions. Meltzer's writing is really good and Rags Morales's art is the perfect fit. Having Green Arrow being one of the main
Apr 05, 2016 Roxanne rated it really liked it
You just know when the first page is literally everyone crying that you made a terrible decision.

Luckily however it is a really good read and worth the emotional trauma and you totally get pulled into the story straight away. It's pretty much packed with a shit ton of characters as they try to figure out who is targeting their relatives. I could have done with a little more Aquaman because i felt like everyone else got a say and had their little 'it's my turn to play detective now' but Arthur a
Crystal Starr Light
Feb 13, 2015 Crystal Starr Light rated it really liked it
Bullet Review:

Very decent. I saw in a friend's review that it felt a lot like Watchmen, and I concur. For whatever reason, all the elements worked for me; in particular, I grew really fond of Green Arrow/Ollie. It's also overdramatic and pretentious as hell, but there's worse out there.
This tale looks at superheroes and the people they love and how they protect them.

When a loved one is in great danger the JLA and JSA jump into action and we get to see their diverging viewpoints.

Easily in the top ten for JLA/JSA stories.

OVERALL GRADE: A minus to A.
David Church
Apr 03, 2014 David Church rated it it was amazing
Still one of my all-time favorite graphic novels. Brad Meltzer takes a storyline that "goes" there. Very controversial story. Loved how he brought this story to life with more twists and turns than a curvy road. I still reread this graphic novel frequently, in video game terms, this book has a high replay value. 5 stars!
Back when it first came out, Identity Crisis was getting a lot of very positive press, and it's obvious why. It's a crossover event that's very well-written and has an intensely personal, emotional, and even relateable story. Unlike pretty much every other crossover event I can think of, it's about love, loss, grief, and making the right and moral choice when there is no right and moral choice. Powerful stuff. Oh, and it's a murder mystery, too.

The murder mystery falls by the wayside over and ov
Aug 09, 2008 Travis rated it did not like it
Shelves: comic-books
A mystery novel of a comic book that relies on writing numerous DC heroes out of character as well as some fairly tasteless bits involving a villain.
Manages to suck most of the fun and nobility out of the Justice League, as well as setting a trend for some really dark, dreary stories that relied on forced plot twists to make them work.

Another prime example of the genre I like to call 'if it's going to be realistic then lots of characters must be unpleasant and have lots of really horrible things
May 21, 2007 Edwina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now THAT is how you write a quality comic book. The artwork is spectacular -- there's scarcely a panel wasted, not one that isn't very dramatically blocked and quite a few that are right up there with great moments on film. The story is gripping and written with a surprisingly careful hand. Too often, comic book writers remake the characters they inherit in order to ink their own private childhood fantasies. Meltzer, on the other hand, did his homework and took the time to parse out the many fac ...more
Nov 15, 2015 Robert rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Can Guess My Secret Identity
Recommended to Robert by: Rachel
This book came highly recommended (thanks, Rachel), and now I can see why!

What has always been a key feature of the Supers, particularly of the DC Comics variety? Maintaining those pesky secret identities, of course! so when the wife of a long-serving Justice Leaguer is found murdered, our heroes go into overdrive wondering whose loved one might be next to be targeted.

Brad Meltzer also writes those wordy things called, em, novels so the scripting could have suffered from being overly wordy, but
Sam Quixote
Feb 11, 2016 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok
“Identity Crisis” is probably one of the most baffling event books I’ve ever read. By turns it’s unintentionally funny, confusing, and ultimately pointless. At its core, it is a deeply cynical story and seems to be DC’s attempt at Watchmen-ifying the DCU - and utterly failing.

It opens with two unfamiliar characters speaking atop a rooftop: Elongated Man (yes that really is his name!) and Firehawk, a pair who look like the most generic superheroes ever created. They are failing to blend in with t
Feb 14, 2016 Martin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Read the 10th Anniversary edition, years after my first read-through, and I find that my original review/impressions of this book still hold. The art still bugged me. It wasn't terrible per se, but there were -at times - some issues with proportions and continuity, but who am I to complain? Rags Morales is a successful comic book artist and I'm not. The book wasn't without its surprises, though. For example: I'd fortgotten that (the original) Firestorm dies* in this story - oops, spoiler alert ( ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Lono rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon an absolute edition Identity Crisis super-cheap and couldn’t pass it up, as I remembered liking this when it originally came out years ago. I still enjoyed it.

Both Sam's (Sam's review) and Martin's(Martin's review)reviews did an excellent job at pointing out a couple of things that might make this slightly over-rated collection a disappointment for some. Relatively unknown characters, melodrama oozing from every page, the “rainbow of interior monologue captions” throughout, as we
Aug 17, 2008 Greg rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
I wanted to like this more, but I just never really got that into it. Interesting idea, maybe if I'd read more DC comics growing up I would have been more interested in this.
John Yelverton
Sep 30, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest graphic novels ever written. It is an utter tragedy, in the Greek tradition, but it is so well done. You will never regret reading this book.
Jan 16, 2016 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful and emotionally charged, Identity Crisis offers a hard-hitting narrative that humanises the superhero genre. Ralph Dibny, otherwise known as Elongated Man is one of a small number of superheroes with a publicly-known identity. When his wife Sue is murdered in their home, the heroes of the DC universe are sent into a frenzy of despair. A small group confront the initial suspect, bringing secrets to light that challenge the Justice League members and their personal beliefs. As the mystery ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I tremendously enjoyed this. However, I can see how some would see it as trying way too hard to make things dark. That being said, that's not my opinion, but I do know what they mean. I'm just taking this story as what it is.
A story about the Justice League, and what it means, and how on Earth it has been able to stand this long, and a look at some of the dirty little secrets that come out about how it has been maintained.
It's also interesting to see a JL story where the Big 3 (Supes/Bats/WW) ar
Aug 28, 2007 Bill rated it did not like it
Is there a level below "utter garbage?" Because this is down there. Just an ugly story... a real shaggy dog of a mystery that leads one direction, then completely shifts direction at the last minute without any lead-up whatsoever. And then, of course, they go the classy route by actually relying on the violent, on-panel rape of a character as a selling point. I still can't believe DC editorial, not to mention their bosses at Time-Warner, actually let this fly. If you're sort of person who actual ...more
Elizabeth A
Mar 21, 2016 Elizabeth A rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphix, 2016
This volume collects Issues #1-7.

Let me first say that I'm not a big superhero fan. I did not read those comics when I was a kid, and do not often read them now. The reason that is important for this review is that I read this book not knowing these characters, or their back stories, relationships, feuds, etc., and I think that might be the reason I felt lost and bewildered most of the time while reading this graphic novel. Elongated Man! Was he even a real thing?

I really liked the premise of t
Timothy Boyd
Jun 03, 2015 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it
Great mini seris. Very good plot twists. Excellent story. Very recommended
Jan 18, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing
Four-and-a-half stars.

What novelist Brad Meltzer accomplishes in this book (matched by the artwork) is a close look at the emotional life of a superhero, how each carries loss and the camaraderie they share as a team and family. As a whole, the book is more about relationships and the human side than it is about superpowers, which makes a book with a dizzying number of less familiar characters totally accessible. An impressive feat. The only other comic book I've read to achieve this level of re
'kris Pung
Oct 12, 2014 'kris Pung rated it really liked it
This was way better than I thought it would be.
Paul Mirek
Jul 17, 2014 Paul Mirek rated it really liked it
I really didn't expect to enjoy this too much, since I remember this as the moment when it all started "going downhill" for DC Comics, but it turns out that's less a fault of the story itself and more of the company not knowing how to integrate its revelations into a cohesive universe that's still (gasp) fun.

Because this is actually a really well-done mystery--a graphic novel, if you will--that doesn't require too much extraneous knowledge of what's come before. And that's the beauty of comics
Pandem Buckner
Feb 28, 2008 Pandem Buckner rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes solid, well-crafted stories
As those that know me already know, Watchmen is my absolute favourite book of all time, both of graphic novels and of regular novels. Identity Crisis didn't knock that book from its lofty perch.

That said. . .

For sheer gut-wrenching, tear-jerking, heartbreaking, jaw-dropping, mind-blowing emotional impact, there is no graphic novel even close to this one. Brad Meltzer wrote an excellent exploration of a superhero's greatest weakness here, and defines them by that weakness; Rags Morales does his p
Jul 01, 2012 Johnny rated it really liked it
I read Identity Crisis because I had recently read a novel by the author. I had heard of Identity Crisis but I guess I wasn't reading comics when the original "event" took place. This might have been one of those comic "events" that I hate, the kind that was originally drafted as a marketing gimmick featuring crossover references throughout the entire DC Universe. Don't get me wrong; I LIKE crossover references and continuity within the universe, I just resent having to buy an issue of a series ...more
Jul 04, 2007 Mo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphicnovel
Review originally published Imprint (Volume 29, Issue 29)[]

It’s rare to see a superhero cry. So when you actually do spot one with flooding tearducts, you know it’s not for just any trivial matter.

Identity Crisis, a collected series by Brad Meltzer, sees tears welling up in the eyes of superheroes worldwide when Sue Dibny, the wife of Elongated Man, is murdered.

With little to no evidence to go on, the Justice League of America and its associates begin a fr
Apr 28, 2015 JB rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've just finished reading this work of literary art. What a great story! It leaves me with a feeling similar to the one I had, when I finished reading Watchmen.

This story has everything action, suspense, plot twists, a lot of emotion and drama.

Everyone should read this!! It isn't only a story for JLA fans or DC fans, the subjects are relatable for everyone. Family and the loss of a family member.

You see that even superheroes aren't always capable of protecting their loved ones and that even
Oct 21, 2015 Aildiin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Borrowed this at the library and I must say this was a very nice find.
Very nice story and art.
Lewis Manalo
Feb 15, 2015 Lewis Manalo rated it liked it
Despite its narrative sophistication and its inventive focus on the vulnerability of superheroes, I can't resolve my admiration for the book's craft with its ideological immaturity. The women characters herein are little more than plot devices, and Feminism aside, using a spouse's rape as a catalyst for the hero's action is really cliché.

The story also dillutes the concept of heroism itself. The characters spend their time worrying about their loved ones being targeted by a killer, but wouldn't
Jan 08, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, dc
Heartbreaking. Absolutely and utterly heartbreaking. This is the kind of graphic novel you finish, then stare at the front cover for a couple of minutes before reading the back cover and then devouring it all over again with no regrets.

Finishing this, it makes me wonder how this doesn't happen more. I mean superheroes will always have the same weakness like any normal person does - family. How do they not get targeted more often?

I'm not going to waste time on a synopsis of this because if you
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and seven other bestselling thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for nonfiction (History Decoded), advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), children's books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even g ...more
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