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Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer
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Apr 05, 2014

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Read on August 20, 2011

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, but partly because I couldn't always tell who was who.

I think the aspect that was most off-putting for me though was the constant narration throughout the book. I mean, I realise that Meltzer is traditionally (also?) a novelist, so maybe that's just too tempting a storytelling device to be able to put down in this format. Doesn't mean I have to like it, enjoy it, or even believe it suits the comic format. Maybe it's the "VoiceOver" effect that makes this feel so melodramatic - like some teenager's agonising diary.
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