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Identity Crisis (Identity Crisis #1-7)

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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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Dan Schwent
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...more
Anne
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...more
Edwina
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
Sesana
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...more
Travis
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...more
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!
Sam Quixote
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Greg
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
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.
Gavin
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...more
Martin
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
Bill
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
Pandem
Feb 28, 2008 Pandem 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...more
Johnny
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
Mo
Review originally published Imprint (Volume 29, Issue 29)[http://imprint.uwaterloo.ca/mambo/ind...]

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...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...more
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...more
JB
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...more
Mike
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...more
Rod Hilton
The plot of Identity Crisis is that Sue Dibny, the Elongated Man's wife, is murdered. Pretty much every DC hero then tries to solve the mystery of her murder, which generally involves questioning every DC villain.

Like any mystery, it's full of twists and turns, shocking revelations that make little sense, and a great deal of past dirt is dug up. In particular, it becomes clear that a subset of JLA members have been secretly doing something the rest of the JLA would not approve of. This revelatio...more
Robert
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
Nick
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
Mark Stalcup
This was the last comic book I've read, and I wanted to love it. Certainly, there's a lot to love, because the art's amazing, essentially silly concepts like comic heroes are made mature and, in the case of villians, demonically evil and threatening in a real-world way where they were formerly goofy. (i.e. the once silly Dr. Light, now a diabolical rapist and maybe murderer.) This book isn't for the kiddies, and it's debatable whether the assault on a hero's wife which kicks off the plot was nec...more
Igor
• Igor Kovalyov
• APA citation: Meltzer, B., & Morales, R. (2005). Identity crisis. New York: DC Comics.
• Genre: Graphic Novel/Mystery
• Awards (If applicable): Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2007 (YALSA)
• Format: Print
• Selection Process: Recommendation
• Review:
Brad Meltzer brings a gritty realistic view to the world of DC when Sue Dibney, wife of Elongated Man, is murdered in her home. The Justice League begins their investigation as to who the murderer is. Although this graphic nove...more
Chris
It took me so long to get around to reading "Identity Crisis" because it had two major strikes against it - 1) It was a "major cross-over event" and 2) It's DC universe. The DC thing is just personal, as I've always been a Marvel guy, which makes what Meltzer's story even more impressive: he managed to get me emotionally engaged with characters I have no real attachment to. Elongated Man? Black Canary? I know their names, but that's it. Heck, even Green Lantern, Green Arrow, The Flash -- I know...more
Tyler
I was going to write a full on review about this but I just want to respond to everybody giving it a low star rating. News flash:

Comic books aren't just for children anymore. It's a little immature you can't handle some of the realities of today such as a rape scene.

Time to maybe start growing up.

All that aside, Identity Crisis is a very mature story. If you ever wanted to get somebody out of the mentality of "comic books are for kids" then show them this story (of course they may just turn up a...more
Richard Guion
I read this series back when it came out and wanted a re-read, since it has been somewhat influential since it was published. I absolutely hated this story from beginning to end. First, the whole mystery surrounding the rape of one a long time DC character was the worst decision anyone could have made. It just doesn't belong in a story of these mainstream characters. How they go about punishing the villain and how Batman objects doesn't seem to fit, either. I don't like how the story is told thr...more
Zach Danielson
Sep 08, 2010 Zach Danielson rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Zach by: Jake VanKersen
I had strong reactions, both good and bad, to this comic book. The artwork was excellent--lots of cool iconography with so many superheroes running around. Some of the characterizations were also excellent, showing us the anguish they might feel as they worry over, or mourn, their families and friends.

The plot wasn't great, though. It's a whodunnit, and while it certainly acheives the right tone for a chilling murder mystery, the ultimate reveal comes out of nowhere and felt very unsatisfying.

I...more
Michael
Endorsed by Joss Whedon, this is graphic novel collects the seven issues of the Identity Crisis mini-series.

I read all seven episodes in one sitting.

Somoene is targetting the loved ones of superheroes in the DC Universe. But what's the agenda and why? The answers are truly universe changing and shocking, including not just the identity of the serial killer but also revelations of events that happened in the early days of the Justice League.

Identity Crisis examines what it means to be a hero an...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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