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Identity Crisis (Identity Crisis #1-7)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  16,921 Ratings  ·  540 Reviews
The most talked-about and successful DC Comics miniseries of 2004 is now available in a stunning hardcover volume! New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer delivers an all-too-human look into the lives of super-heroes and the terrible price they pay for doing good.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published 2005 by DC Comics (first published 2004)
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Aug 31, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a Secret Identity
This is one of my favorites, and (to me) it still holds up after multiple re-readings.
Word of warning: People seem to either love it or hate it.
Obviously, I'm in the Love It! section, but that doesn't necessarily mean you will.


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
Dan Schwent
Apr 11, 2016 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2016 Donovan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nope

Not my favorite. It has some serious problems, like the Dibneys, mistreatment of female characters, and the mystery. And although I found myself getting excited for the mystery, the big reveal was pretty lame.

Firstly. Who the hell is Sue Dibny? I think it's safe to say the average reader doesn't know who she is. I can't remember ever reading about her, and I've only seen the Elongated Man (worst superhero name ever, by the way) a few times in various events and crossovers. In my research I disc
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.
Sam Quixote
“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
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.
Apr 05, 2016 Roxanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Nov 15, 2015 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
David Church
Apr 03, 2014 David Church rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Aug 09, 2008 Travis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 13, 2016 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy, dc-comics, 2016
Brad Meltzer surprised me with this, because somehow he turned Elongated Man (who?) into a compelling character.

This was a little reminiscent of Watchmen's, especially in the deep cynicism department. I don't want to reveal much about the plot other than that THIS is why we don't tell people our secret identities (I'm looking at you Civil War.) Basically Elongated Man's wife is murdered, setting off a ripple of fear throughout the superhero community.

The characterization was great, and I feel
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
This is definitely one of the best comics I have ever read. The art and the writing are both top-notch.
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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 17, 2008 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 10, 2016 Logan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Wasn't really a fan! So, no Darkseid, no alternate timelines, no parallel earths, just a murder mystery! So long story short, the Elongated Man's wife Is killed, and the ongoing theme is about how the heroes protect their loved ones! We find out that certain heroes have been wiping the minds of super villains, to protect their loves ones after Dr. Light tried to do something unsettling, but was stopped; ya this a very mature story, I would expect that in a else worlds story like
Aug 28, 2007 Bill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 01, 2012 Johnny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elizabeth A
Mar 21, 2016 Elizabeth A rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 28, 2015 JB rated it it was amazing
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
Lupe Dominguez
This was. Wow. I've never actually read any DC comics (for shame I know, but I'm more familiar with Marvel >_<) and some of the backstories of the characters I knew but not all of them. However, this was far darker and more complex than anything I've read before. The storyline was amazing and kept me on my toes. It was depressing and dark and REAL. I think we forget sometimes that the superheroes are REAL people who happen to have special powers (except Superman, of course, who is an alien ...more
Jul 02, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
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
Timothy Boyd
Jun 03, 2015 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great mini seris. Very good plot twists. Excellent story. Very recommended
'kris Pung
Oct 12, 2014 'kris Pung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was way better than I thought it would be.
Jan 18, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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