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Identity Crisis (Identity Crisis #1-7)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  13,476 ratings  ·  420 reviews
When Elongated Man's wife is found murdered in the Justice League of America Watchtower, a secret is uncovered which could destroy the entire JLA - if a host of their most powerful foes don't destroy them first.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Titan Books (UK) (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 1.0
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
Crystal Starr Light
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
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
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
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
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
John Yelverton
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.
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
Sam Quixote
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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.
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
Another book that's earned waaay more ink that it deserved, that purported to be a "mature" take on superheroes and proceeded to tarnish & corrupt many a comics fan's childhood heroes. Mind-wipes, rape, murder, nervous breakdowns - hey kids! look no further: it's ALL HERE!! But wait! There's more: we've got interior monologue captions galore. We've got green ones, blue ones, red, yellow, and purple ones, too! There's a whole rainbow of interior monologue captions. Because - obviously - they' ...more
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
'kris Pung
This was way better than I thought it would be.
Pandem Buckner
Feb 28, 2008 Pandem Buckner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Lewis Manalo
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
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
Thriller writer Brad Meltzer takes on the world of the Justice League in this really, really awesome mystery involving pretty much every character (hero or and villain alike) that you can think of. There's been lots of storylines involving the friends and family of superheroes and how much danger they are in because the superhero in question but this one might just be the mother of them all. Added bonus with this one is the fact that Meltzer is a thriller writer so there's a tension and a realit ...more
Desiree Brunelle
identity crisis is all about superhero's trying to avenge there fallen comrades. Elongated man is the main character and his girlfriend Diana who doesn't have super hero powers gets murdered in her home and the whole book is revealing secrets, finding the killer, and seeing people for who they really are. this book will keep you guessing and thinking to pin the murder on one villain but really it could be anyone even a hero. when all is said and done the league says " even in the worst of times. ...more
One Flew
This is how comic book events should be written. Meltzer does what few writers in the superhero genre manage, which is to bring a sense of consequence. There are just too many comic books where it all boils down to good versus evil, with good inevitably winning. Identity Crisis did a good job of exploring the nuances of the lives superheroes and villains.

The constant level of imminent threat gave a great level on intensity to the book and the mystery side of the story had me running through a th
Paul Mirek
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
Packs a whallop, and plays out as a great mystery story - even having read it once years ago. However, it seems to emphasise the melodrama effect and makes for a heavy read (without any satisfying payoff). I know I like my comics to have more "real", but maybe I should revise my desires.

This was a well-told story, and had a great interplay among the characters that I haven't seen much of in DC. I wasn't a big fan of the art, partly because many folks were a departure from their traditional faces
For the very casual DC comics reader (such as I am) the DC universe can seem very convoluted and complicated, with way too many characters and histories. That is the case here. The story centers upon the mysterious murder of a minor character (the wife of another minor character) and the ensuing investigation by just about every DC superhero (both big and small) into who perpetrated the gruesome crime and why. Throw into the mix a plethora of weird (lame) villains and suspects and a backstory in ...more
Expertly-crafted narrative in a mystery about the familial and personal repercussions of being a superhero. Given that it's written by a mystery author, I can't tell if it has some heavy Watchmen influence in it with the sinister plot and narrative style, or if Watchmen has some classic mystery writing in it and these two simply share a common ancestor. Either way, it's definitely not a bad book to remind someone of. The density of DC history obfuscates the narrative sometimes, though, while Wat ...more
Theddy Blanc
This is the graphic novel that changed my perspective on the entire genre. Identity Crisis is a psychological thriller written by Brad Meltzer that infused characters seen only as action icons with depth and humanity. The murder of Elongated Man’s wife Sue Dibney leads the entire superhuman community on a search for the criminal who is infiltrating the homes of superheroes (even those with guarded identities) and attempting to murder their loves ones only to find it is the person they least expe ...more
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, The Book of Fate and The Book of Lies.

He is also one of the co-creators of the TV show, Jack & Bobby—and is the Eisner Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed comic book, Justice League of America.

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Identity Crisis (7 books)
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  • Crise de Identidade #3
  • Crise de Identidade #4
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